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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Battle Hymn

Battle Hymn

director: Yair Agmon
original title: Shir Milchama
country: Israel
year: 2019
running time: 11 min.

synopsis

This close-up observation of the dramatic situations and everyday activities experienced by Israeli soldiers represents the director’s appeal for dialogue, mutual understanding, and empathy as possible paths towards ending political conflict.

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director: Yair Agmon
producer: Tal Becher

other films in the section

Beyond the Wall
This film shows the living conditions of hundreds of thousands of migrants when they made their escape from gangs, drug cartels, and criminality in Central America. A harsh account with concrete testimonies, such as a young woman in Honduras whose two daughters were kidnapped and murdered by a gang.

Beyond the Wall

Mikkel Cantzler, Mikkel Keldorf
Denmark / 2018 / 7 min.
section: Virtual Reality
Iceman VR
Ötzi the Iceman is the most famous mummy in the world - 5300 years old. A look at the Neolithic period and, using scientifically verified reconstructions, how Ötzi most likely lived and what difficulties he met with in his life. 

Iceman VR

Eric Benz, Jan Krueger
Germany / 2017 / 6 min.
section: Virtual Reality
Bloodless
This story traces the footsteps of a prostitute who was brutally murdered by an American solider in 1992. Filmed in the vicinity of the American military base where the crime took place, in Dongducheon Camptown in South Korea, it shows where she spend the last hours of her life. 

Bloodless

Gina Kim
South Korea, United States / 2017 / 12 min.
section: Virtual Reality
Unrest VR
A stunning rendition of the situation - a person tied by disease to a bed, based on documentation of neurosensory responses to pain or fainting. The viewer goes through difficult-to-imagine situations while experiencing the freedom of floating in their own inner landscape. 

Unrest VR

Jennifer Brea, Amaury La Burthe
United States, France, United Kingdom / 2017 / 20 min.
section: Virtual Reality
August 68
Thee Czech Radio project allows us to see what the young man has seen, when hindering the passage of Soviet tank with his own body. As well we can try position of the soldier who controlled the tank. The experience is based on a real photo of this moment. It is always going through two participants at a time, and their roles will be exchanged.

August 68

Czech Republic / 2018 / 10 min.
section: Virtual Reality
Chasing Coral
Coral reefs are disappearing from the world at an unprecedented rate. An exploration of life under the surface of the ocean thanks to a team of scientists, cameramen, and divers is accompanied by the researchers’ narrative, documenting the heretofore unseen changes in the oceans, revealing their worlds and ways of life and extinction.

Chasing Coral

Jeff Orlowski
United States / 2017 / 6 min.
section: Virtual Reality
Mind Palace
An evocation of the emotions and the learning and emotional processes that take place in our mind during sensitive communications situations between partners or during divorce, the film experiments primarily with possible ways of depicting different points of view in virtual reality.

Mind Palace

Carl Krause, Dominik Stockhausen
Germany / 2018 / 10 min.
section: Virtual Reality
BEING AN ASTRONAUT, PART 1
At the training center in Houston, astronauts are tested on how they will enter space. Together with a guide, a French astronaut, the viewer experiences training for a spacewalk, centrifuge simulations, and leaving the vehicle.

BEING AN ASTRONAUT, PART 1

Pierre-Emmanuel Le Goff, Jürgen Hansen
France, Germany / 2018 / 15 min.
section: Virtual Reality
The Great Ocean (Debris) - Venice
A hybrid documentary about climate change and polluting plastics and their effects on the oceans.  The viewer follows the water cycle in Venice, where the sea level is rising. It’s not just an exploration or an enlightening experience - the consumer must change the environment for the better in this world. 

The Great Ocean (Debris) - Venice

Michael Geidel
Germany / 2018 / 25 min.
section: Virtual Reality
World Premiere
Zurich 2.0
An interactive video, created using 3D scans of streets and buildings, that constructs a hyper-realistic excursion through fragments of the Swiss city of Zürich, which the viewer sees from the perspective of freely floating in space while the city falls to pieces and builds itself up again in new impressive ways. The screening was supported by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.  

Zurich 2.0

Dirk Koy
Switzerland / 2015 / 3 min.
section: Virtual Reality
Home After War
The story of a father who returns to his home in the Iraqi town of Fallujah, where all around are makeshift explosives. When his son dies tragically, it shows the home as a place where you are afraid.

Home After War

Gayatri Parameswaran, Felix Gaedtke
Iraq, Germany, United States / 2018 / 20 min.
section: Virtual Reality
The Argos file
A combination of various narrative techniques portrays the world as it might look in 2029, when Argos builds personalized realities using neural technologies, and nearly a third of Earth’s population is addicted to uploading and sharing their memories – somehow very similar to today’s reality. 

The Argos file

Josema Roig
United States / 2016 / 4 min.
section: Virtual Reality
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