26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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In Praise of Dialectics
In Praise of Dialectics
In Praise of Dialectics
In Praise of Dialectics

In Praise of Dialectics

director: Zbyněk Baladrán
original title: Dialektikaren Goraipamena
country: Czech Republic, Spain
year: 2021
running time: 6 min.


The film, which was made for an exhibition in San Sebastian, is a loose adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s Stories of Mr. Keuner. The individual stories are presented as a series of experimental jokes, which are at the same time an allegory of society. Lying on the border between analogue and digital processes, simplicity and complexity, light and shadow, and humor and an unpleasant shudder, the film is a report about communication problems, the unjust distribution of power, and violence.

“This video film seeks a path to reality through metaphoric symbols. The analogue images that are used become inconsequential three-dimensional markers of peculiar narratives.”


Zbyněk Baladrán (1973) is a conceptual multimedia artist and curator. He studied art history at the Charles IUniversity Faculty of Arts, and new media at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. He established Display as a space for contemporary art. Since 2002, he has focused on video. In the past, the Ji.Hlava InternationalmDocumentary Film Festival has screened his films Theory of Work (2007), 40,000,000 (2010), Dead Reckoning (2014), To Be Framed (2016), Powerless Source of All Power (2018), and Catastrophe (2019).

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director: Zbyněk Baladrán
producer: Zbyněk Baladrán
music: Ian Mikyska
výprava: Jakub Krejčí
Ministerstvo kultury
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