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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Children of the Full Moon

Children of the Full Moon

director: Veronika Stehlíková
original title: Děti úplňku
country: Czech Republic
year: 2017
running time: 52 min.

synopsis

They are driven by forces we are unable to control. No one knows what they actually experience or why they are so much affected by the Moon. They live among us, entrenched in their everyday hell on earth – families and children with severe autism. This form of autism is called low-functional. It is one of the most demanding and worst manageable health impairments. Those who suffer from the disorder have great difficulties to become part of our society. The documentary portrays four families with children of various ages and their situation.

more about film

director: Veronika Stehlíková
producer: Alena Müllerová
script: Veronika Stehlíková, Alena Müllerová, Petr Třešňák, Petra Třešňáková
photography: Josef Nekvasil
editing: Katarína Gayerová Buchanan
sound: Petr Červený

other films in the section

Vodňanský & Skoumal – Everything Is Changing
This documentary about Jan Vodňanský and Petr Skoumal was conceived as a playful account of the life and work of a popular artistic couple who had made a significant contribution to Czech culture during their long career and whose popular work has remained alive and well and continues to inspire long after its downfall.
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Vodňanský & Skoumal – Everything Is Changing

Marek Najbrt
Czech Republic / 2020 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Resmay Is a Guardian Angel
A story of a poor girl Jarka from Cambodia who could not write and read at 12 years of age and lived in degrading conditions. She had to work hard, taking care of her siblings, suffering from hunger and often even physical abuse. But then someone appeared in her life – Tamara, a Czech woman, who was visited in her dreams by her dead cousin and asked to take care of his daughter born in Cambodia and so far kept secret.

Resmay Is a Guardian Angel

Markéta Nešlehová
Czech Republic / 2017 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Courage
Documentary filmmaker Pavel Štingl engaged in a three-year dialogue with sculptor Jaroslav Róna as he worked on one of the world’s largest bronze sculptures. The film also offers a chance to get to know an exceptional artistic individual and a member of the Hard-Heads art group.

Courage

Pavel Štingl
Czech Republic / 2014 / 70 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Don’t Be Angry, Ukraine
Why does Russia lay claim to part of Ukraine and why do Ukrainians feel themselves to be the heirs of medieval Russia? The film does not address the current political situation in Ukraine, but tries to explain subjects about which many Czechs know very little: the historical and religious roots of the current conflict. The film was inspired by the award-winning and widely discussed book by literary historian M. C. Putna Scenes from the Cultural History of Russian Religiosity.

Don’t Be Angry, Ukraine

Radim Špaček
Czech Republic / 2015 / 63 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Pavel Brázda – Art Among People
The work of Pavel Brázda is characterized by perfect craftsmanship, a distinctive sense of the grotesque, and dark humor. Besides being marked by a simplicity of form and diversity of colors, many of his recent works are created as digital prints. This portrait of a distinctive Czech artistic personality looks at his relationship to pop-art, and was shot to mark the artist’s 90th birthday. 

Pavel Brázda – Art Among People

Lucie Klímová
Czech Republic / 2016 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
When Love Turns to Hatred
They all wish to lead an ordinary life. What happened after the wedding was beyond their imagination. This documentary tells a story of five women who were psychologically and physically abused by their partner/husband and found the strength to talk about their horrifying experience.

When Love Turns to Hatred

Romuald Štěpán Rob
Czech Republic / 2017 / 47 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Jiří Trnka: A Long Lost Friend
Jiří Trnka was one of the greatest Czech artists of the 20th century and one of the founding fathers of puppet animation. His poetic and imaginative work starkly contrasts with the dark era of the 1950s in Czechoslovakia. His work was used by the regime as evidence that the communist society was able to provide artists with great conditions for creating works of art. The ideological race between East and West was unavoidable and affected both children and their stories.

Jiří Trnka: A Long Lost Friend

Joël Farges, Tereza Brdečková
Czech Republic, France / 2019 / 79 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Neptune
This black-and-white film combines re-enactments with original footage from Operation Neptune, one of the Czechoslovak secret police’s first attempts at media manipulation, during which a group of reporters comes across secret Nazi documents at the bottom of a lake. The film’s focus, however, is on the struggle between a skeptical journalist and a high-ranking police official, and the failed attempt at revealing the state-sponsored disinformation.

Neptune

Adéla Babanová
Czech Republic / 2018 / 38 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
World Premiere
Who is fooling around here
He's one of the longest-serving psychiatrists and psychotherapists in the world. At the age of eighty, he still actively works at three clinics, writes a respected blog and publishes popular bestselling books. His dream was to become a general practitioner in Šumava, instead he ended up in the “crazy house”. He was behind the creation of many bluebooks for Czech dissidents and he was the first person in our nation's history to begin devoting himself to psychosomatic medicine. Above all, he is a people person and puts his life in the service of humankind in all its bizarre forms.

Who is fooling around here

Šárka Maixnerová
Czech Republic / 2019 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
The Return of Agnieszka H.
Focusing on Polish director Agnieszka Holland's relationship to Czechoslovakia, this portrait documentary travels back to the past in order to reflect upon the present. Holland began studying at Prague's film academy in 1966, and the atmosphere of the Prague Spring and its tragic culmination in Jan Palach's self-immolation affected her deeply. Few people know that she spent several months in jail for her student activities. "Over the course of one month, the people resigned. I saw how incredibly quickly Normalization affected everything, how the fear spread until only a few dissidents remained. And the people were angry at those who were brave, because they reminded them of their own cowardice and denigration."

The Return of Agnieszka H.

Krystyna Krauze, Jacek Petrycki
Czech Republic, Poland / 2013 / 77 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
International Premiere
Life with Jester
From a 21-year-old student leader during the 1989 Velvet Revolution to a man in his mid-forties who has lived a roller coaster life and experienced both victories and losses – Jakub Špalek, founder and director of Prague's Kašpar ("Jester") theatre, has always been driven and engulfed by his obsession with theatre. His house near Prague is gradually being filled with theatre decorations and costumes; Jakub's wife and two daughters have left. A new beginning, and one of the hardest decisions imaginable, are in store for him.

Life with Jester

Helena Třeštíková
Czech Republic / 2013 / 85 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Kovy Fixes History
After his education in the Czech Republic, popular Czech youtuber and influencer Kovy embarks on a documentary road trip to solve the problem of failed modern history teaching. With help from his fanbase of hundreds of thousands of viewers, he pinpoints the essence of the problem and sets off into the field to find it, all while connecting the dots between historians, history didactics, and other experts in the process.
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Kovy Fixes History

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