24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
Video Day 1989/2018
original title: Den videa 1989/2018
country: Czech Republic
running time: 90 min.
The exhibition Video Day, the first collective presentation of video art in the Czech lands, took place on June 11, 1989 at Julius Fučík Culture and Relaxation Centre (today’s Prague Exhibition Grounds) as part of the annual presentation of the Czech Association of Visual Artists.
The exhibition Video Day 1989/2018 was a reconstruction of the original 1989 exhibition which took place on September 4, 2018. Martin Mazanec as the curator came up with an idea of initiating a debate on historical forms of presentation, but also on potential preservation of moving images. The reasons why video art has been up to now avoided by large numbers of institutions and artists may be illustrated within areas representing the clash between socio-cultural and economic circumstances of the origination and existence of individual works of art.
Discussion with invited guests will be accompanied by fragments of works by artists exhibiting back in 1989: Věra Geislerová & René Slauka, Václav Hodan, Roman Milerský, 5D studio (Tomáš Kepka, Michal Pacina, Marta Karoliová), Radek Pilař, Pavel Scheufler, Petr Skala, Lucie Svobodová, Ivan Tatíček and Jaroslav Vančát.
other films in the section
This documentary film points out new challenges in the inner workings of university education face to face with massification and commercialism influencing both practical and symbolic meanings of education and schooling as such. Talks on these issues are given by a score of personalities, e.g. by sociologist Frank Furedi or linguist Noam Chomsky. The film will be co-screened with Open Fortress. A Q&A session with guests is planned after the screening.
Universities and Freedom
Zuzana Piussi, Vít Janeček
Ivan Tatíček was among the most prominent figures in the Czech alternative documentary scene in the 1980s. His films are characterized by spontaneity, improvisation and the use of home footage techniques. They authentically depict the atmosphere of life in late-stage socialism, in which they capture a number of personalities of the alternative cultural scene in addition to everyday situations. His films were made under private circumstances, and after private screenings and showings at amateur festivals, they were later completely forgotten about. In a new digitized version prepared by the National Film Archive, they will be presented in a revived premiere with the filmmaker himself an active participant of the screening. The workshop is led by Martin Blažíček Group D, 1982, 27 min Nothing different, 1983, 23 min Metrofilm, 1984, 9 min Home, Sweet Home, 1986, 19 min
Ivan Tatíček: A Chronicle of Late-Stage Socialism
Czech Republic / 110 min.
Most TV viewers see as the most boring such documents, TV journalism and even entertainment formats that focus on political issues. This workshop will present three programs that prove to be the very opposite of boring: The Circus, a Showtime docusoap, following the US presidential campaigns since the first primaries in January 2016; BBC’s An Idiot's Guide to Politics, which reminds politicians of their broken promises; and Channel 4’s Ballot Monkeys, a satirical series, where TV audience watches the British election campaign through the eyes of four MP hopefuls.---Workhop is led by Milan Kruml
Could politics appear attractive on TV?
Heaven is an emerging feature-length documentary telling a story of 21st century China through an orphanage in a small village in northern China. The orphanage, which was founded and is run by Catholic nuns, formally illegal in China, accommodates over 100 children. All of them suff er from mental or physical disability. While the fi lm addresses, directly and indirectly, some of the biggest topics of modern China: one child policy, human rights, a lack freedom of religion, corruption or deterioration of human values in a communist regime, it is also a story about love
Tomáš Etzler: Heaven
Czech Republic, China / 80 min.
Work in Progress
How did people with a different sexual orientation live before the Velvet Revolution? Did they have to hide their true identity? Did they suffer legal prosecution? Former member of the Czechoslovak women’s table tennis team Jana Kociánová, government official František Bloudek, and FAMU graduate Libuše Jarcovjáková (author of a unique series of photographs from Prague’s legendary T-Club) tell their stories.
Stories of the 20th Century: Branded for Life
Czech Republic / 2016 / 26 min.
A portrait of a boy sent to work in a farmer’s household, where he attends the local school. It captures not only the hard work he performs, but also those times when he plays with a dog and his frequent cigarette breaks. The documentary uses observational scenes of activities that at some points present even idyllic images of a human connected with nature.“ … the small farmer Jano longs for only one thing – to return from a society he does not understand, one which is foreign to him, to his solitude, back to nature…’ Rudolf Urc
Czechoslovakia / 1969 / 16 min.
The first-year workshop of the FAMU Documentary Department is led by Vít Klusák, who, together with his students, will present both the concept of the seminar as well as the films resulting from it during the 2015/16 academic year. Each of the five participating students will present two of their films that were selected as their final projects, as well as film exercises that generally cannot be seen outside the academy.In this year’s batch, the audience will learn what may be hidden behind the Czech terms “norník” and “ťapina”, and that the quest to find a partner may be conceived using the refined language of the silver screen. They will also see the news report from a courtroom where unscrupulous individualism comes out the winner in the form of a decadent deviation from the noble ideal of freedom… Discussion is welcome!---The Workshop is led by: Vít KlusákStudents: Jindřich Andrš, Lenka Benešová, Matouš Bičák, Eliška Cílková, Zora Čápová
A concert by the Plastic People and Aktual at the Music F Club on 26 February 1971 – usually called one of the key events of the Czech underground. The film captures pre-concert preparations and the concert itself, including the industrial elements of Milan Knížák’s Aktual (the use of power drill, metal percussion, various objects, and throwing rice into the audience). The second part of the film shows some of the costumes and stage designs that Jan Ságl made for the Plastics’ concerts with his wife Zorka Ságlová.
Music F Club
Czechoslovakia / 1971 / 6 min.
Gertjan Zuilhof is former programmer for the Rotterdam film festival. Although he is not a China, nor does he speak Chinese, he became good friends with numerous independent Chinese filmmakers. Zuilhof has chosen two recent independent productions to illuminate the situation of independent Chinese filmmakers today –Man’s World by artist/filmmaker Han Tao and Welcome by producer/filmmaker Zhu Rikun. Both deal with police brutality, but do so in very different and stylistically distinct ways. Spoken word is very important in both films – lies as well as the truth.---Dílnu vede / The Workshop is led by: Gertjan Zuilhof
Hidden Welcomes. Speaking the truth in Chinese Independent Film
The film deals with events at Masaryk University in Brno during one academic year against the background of annual celebrations of historic events that helped to shape the academy’s present orientation. Through a large number of annual events and rituals with graduation ceremonies as their peak, the film asks questions about the continuity of university traditions and whether they still hold their original meaning: a quest to seek truth in the free world populated by students and professors. The film will be co-screened with Universities and Freedom. A Q&A session with guests is planned after the screening.
Czech Republic / 2019 / 52 min.
Using reconstruction methods and the protagonist’s personal commentary, this Flahertyesque documentary takes a look at the life of an 80-year-old man who is raising his three grandchildren, whose mother has died and whose father has abandoned them. It is not, however, merely a lecture about practical activities, but rather about the principles and values he introduces to the children.“In addition to a pure idea, Sýkora inserted immense and pure emotion into his film – love and admiration of a person, honoring his life and his work.” Antonín Navrátil
Vlado, Marienka, Jojo and Grandfather
Czechoslovakia / 1965 / 21 min.
A glimpse into the extraordinary life of a person who far exceeded the conventional perception of what a scientist is: he walked barefoot through the countryside wearing a pilgrim’s hooded cloak, engaged in passionate discussions that lasted for hours, joked and laughed, always friendly, interested in talking to anyone about anything. Tomáš Škrdlant presents materials for the documentary film that they worked on together over the course of many years. Tomáš Daněk presents the scientific and philosophical works of Zdeněk Neubauer. ---Dílnu vedou / The Workshop is led by: Tomáš Škrdlant, Tomáš Daněk
The Joy of Thinking. The Life of Philosopher, Scientist, Poet, and Prophet Zdeněk Neubauer