27th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
Points for the President aka Attempt at Contrarevolution
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In his provocative mosaic of opinions from different sides of the political spectrum, Martin Kohout reflects on where the ideals of November 1989 and the former sense of community have disappeared to. He tries to understand the progressive fragmentation of Czech society through two recent events. Both the parliamentary elections in 2017 and the subsequent direct election of the president made it clear that there is no consensus in the country today on even the most basic concepts such as "freedom" or "democracy". Sources of concern, ideas about the country's future direction, and the national myths on which cultural and political figures and disaffected voters rely all vary.
"One of things the film does is make us look at the other side. Not just state that there is something wrong with democracy and that populism is controlling people." (Martin Kohout)
Q&A with Martin Kohout:
biographyMartin Kohout (1984) studied documentary film at FAMU and sociology at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University, where he defended his diploma thesis on coupon privatisation. It was also the subject of his feature debut The Czech Way (2015). In addition to this film, the Ji.hlava festival also presented Kohout's student films JUDr. Michal Danišovič (2010) and The Invisible Hand of the Market: Privatization of Barrandov (2012).
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