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23rd Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Brothers Beyond the Grave

director: Martin Jazairi
original title: Bratři za hrob
country: Czech Republic
year: 2017
running time: 59 min.

synopsis

Their parents came to Czechoslovakia in August 1968 along with the occupying forces. Today, these “children of Milovice” find themselves on opposing sides in the Russo-Ukrainian conflict. These “brothers,” destined for “friendship for all eternity,” are now shooting at one another. How do the children of the former officers stationed in Milovice see the contemporary Czech Republic and Russia? 

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producer: Petr Kubica
script: Martin Jazairi
photography: Adam Ol´ha, Martin Jazairi
editing: Šimon Hájek
sound: Matouš Sýs

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Czechs Save… Sea Turtles in Borneo

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Czech Republic / 2017 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
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The Second Republic

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Czech Republic / 2018 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
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The Russian Job
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The Russian Job

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Czech Republic / 2017 / 64 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
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Don’t Give Up: All Around Me Lives and Feels Like Me

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King Skate

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In Mosul

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