25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
Dugma: The Button
director: Paul Refsdal
original title: Dugma: The Button
running time: 58 min.
synopsisAn everyday observation of Syrian men who have volunteered to be suicide bombers in the struggle against the government. The mosaic of monologues and testimonies slowly changes into a “conversation with the enemy” in an attempt at breaking through unspoken cultural prejudices.
biographyNorwegian journalist and documentary filmmaker Pål Salahadin Refsdal (1963) was kidnapped by the Taliban in 2009 while working on a film. He later made Captured by Taliban (2010), which was shown internationally in a slightly different version entitled Taliban: Behind the Masks.
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This investigative documentary explores Stuxnext – a top-secret cyberattack engineered by Israel and the USA against Iranian nuclear facilities. In addition to presenting a collection of facts and interviews with experts, it also reveals the information search process. The film very forcefully draws attention to the power of computer weapons and the risk of a global cybernetic war.
United States / 2016 / 116 min.
An experimental metric film that layers various images of the Czech automotive, chemical, and heavy industries from 2009 to the present and conceptually combines them with aesthetic alterations to the image. Economic crisis and recovery are expressed in varying sharpness, color, saturation, contrast or brightness.
Czech Republic / 2015 / 19 min.
This documentary portrait explores the life and works of the Austrian author Peter Handke (1942). Through interviews, quotes, and archive materials Corrina Belz takes a look at the life and thoughts of this famous artist. She has created an empathic and inspirational film about the perception of reality and how it is transformed into a work of art, initiating questions about how one should live.
Peter Handke - In the Woods, Might Be Late
Germany / 2016 / 89 min.
Tadmor bears witness to one of the worst Syrian jails while showing the incredible strength of desire to live. Eight former Lebanese prisoners act out and describe the horrific experiences, feelings of fear and hopelessness, and the systematic torture and abuse that was intended to physically and mentally destroy the detainees.
Gabriela Bussmann, Slim Lokman, Monika Borgmann
France, Switzerland, Lebanon, Qatar, United Arab Emirates / 2016 / 103 min.
This narrative documentary, containing a large volume of period materials, tracks a group of Chilean economists who were influenced by their study of Friedman’s neoliberalism in the USA. They helped to shape Chile as Latin America’s economic crown jewel during Pinochet’s regime. This controversial economic experiment has led to the current social unrest in the country.
Rafael Valdeavellano, Carola Fuentes
Chile / 2015 / 85 min.
East European Premiere
"I come from a dark place, Tito's Yugoslavia," says Marina Abramović at the start of the film, which captures her heartwarming return. The journey to her native Belgrade where the Serbian performer now calls home after many years leads us to the various cities where her travelling exhibition The Cleaner is being presented. The artist recalls her tumultuous relationship with her homeland, her parents and her own body, and recapitulates how she crossed the border between states and between creator and audience. Her work springs to life not only in archive footage, but also in the performances of young performers who, much like her children, carry on their "mother's" legacy.Discussion with the director to watch HEREQ&A with the director:
Homecoming - Marina Abramovic and Her Children
Serbia / 2020 / 83 min.
Jordan is the second driest country in the world, and villages in the vast Wadi Rum desert depend on the water network located just below their feet. While the local population is faced with water shortages and expect the kingdom’s leaders to provide support like they promised, only large farms and the seaside town of Aqaba (where the King of Jordan has grand plans) have permits for deep-sea drilling. Through a series of interviews and poetic shots of the arid landscape, this ecographic documentary captures the complex state of the country, which is about to run out of valuable water resources, and the conflict between the state government and the local community worried about their future. http://livingwaterfilm.com/
Czech Republic, Jordan, Switzerland / 2020 / 77 min.
From June to November 2019, acclaimed Chinese director Zhou Bing filmed massive protests of Hong Kong residents against the law of extradition, and conceived his film as a monumental presentation of a historical turning point of “free” Hong Kong. Using various documentary material from the protests and numerous drone shots, he was able to create a professionally fine and well-edited mosaic of opinions of seven different people who, despite the fact that their subjective truths may dilute the essence of the fight against the dictatorship in People’s Republic of China, show the meaning of their fierce and (temporarily) victorious struggle for democracy. „We filmed seven Hong Kong people during three months. The protagonists including a front-line protestor, a First-Aider, a taxi driver, a local tea house owner, a police force, a district councillor and a young girl who participated in the election. They live in the same city but have different lifestyles and values. I tried to record their story from a calm and objective angle, in a direct film way.“ Z. Bing
Hong Kong Moments
Hong Kong SAR China, Germany / 2020 / 90 min.
Lying at the heart of the film is Virginia Woolf's rhetorical question whether we really perceive the images of war in the same manner. These considerations provoked the director of the film to carry out an unusual audiovisual experiment. He presented several volunteers with 40 videos published freely on the Internet, which depict various aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Closed in the viewing booth, they can play any of the clips, stop them at will, replay them, and comment on them. Their act of viewing, however, is recorded. And the director's dialogue with one particular participant eventually becomes an essential part of the film. “It’s a film about a breakdown of communication, but that also becomes dialogue, although it’s a problematic dialogue.” R. Alexandrowicz Q&A with the director of The Viewing Booth Ra'ananem Alexandrowiczem:
The Viewing Booth
Israel / 2019 / 72 min.
This film provides a raw look at the summer 2014 bombing of Gaza, accompanied by the never-ending search for and treatment of the wounded, and the clearing away of blood and human remains. The young Mohamed Jabaly joins an ambulance crew and, under the constant threat of sudden death, brings a chilling eyewitness account from a place dominated by the chaos of war, despair, and fear.
Norway, Palestinian Territories / 2016 / 80 min.
In a collage of private scenes and fragments of medialized events as part of the “war on terror”, Guli Silberstein uses his typical method of digital image degradation with the help of compression algorithms to draw attention to the actual process of remediating images and thus in two way raises questions as to their representation, credibility, and the emotions that they can carry.
Stuff As Dreams
United Kingdom / 2016 / 6 min.
This analytical documentary follows the young Canadian Daniel Voshart, who became involved in a high-profile American police shooting case. We are presented with a study of a conflict between an academic interest to determine the true course of events and morality, personal interests, and public emotion. Is any person’s view of a situation ever objective?
Canada / 2016 / 29 min.