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23rd Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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In the trenches of World War I

director: Eduard Chizhikov
original title: In the trenches of World War I
country: Russia
year: 2017
running time: 2 min.

synopsis

A reconstruction of the tumultuous events of 1916, when Russia is torn by war, its economy in ruins, and countless soldiers die every day on the front. People yearning for peace, dissatisfied with the current authorities, start thinking about revolution. 

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director: Eduard Chizhikov

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Beyond the Typhoon
Documentary photographs were used to recreate the environment on the island of Gulangyu that was destroyed during Typhoon Meranti in 2016. The nature preserve with its ancient trees and post-colonial haciendas was transformed into a post-apocalyptic chaos.   The screening was supported by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.

Beyond the Typhoon

Encor Studio
Switzerland / 2017 / 5 min.
section: Virtual Reality
Borderline
Based on actual events and memories, the viewer follows the considerations and dilemmas of a young Israeli soldier Abraham, a native Ethiopian Jew, guarding the border in the middle of the desert.

Borderline

Assaf Machnes
United Kingdom, Israel / 2018 / 9 min.
section: Virtual Reality
The Sun Ladies
A strong testimony about how Yazidis live and why they fight. Their unit came together after the Islamic State attacked a Yazidic settlement in Sinyar, massacred all the men, and abducted the women and children as sexual slaves. These brave women formed a combat unit called the Sun Ladies.

The Sun Ladies

Maria Bello, Christian Stephen, Celine Tricart
United States / 2017 / 7 min.
section: Virtual Reality
The Argos file
A combination of various narrative techniques portrays the world as it might look in 2029, when Argos builds personalized realities using neural technologies, and nearly a third of Earth’s population is addicted to uploading and sharing their memories – somehow very similar to today’s reality. 

The Argos file

Josema Roig
United States / 2016 / 4 min.
section: Virtual Reality
Space Explorers: A New Dawn
Astronauts and researchers guide the viewer through the spaces where they exercise and work, leading to speculation about the reasons and context for their work, cooperation with space agencies, the latest plans and progress in the exploration of deep space, and questions about understanding our planet, galaxy, and universe. 

Space Explorers: A New Dawn

Paul Raphaël, Félix Lajeunesse
Canada / 2018 / 19 min.
section: Virtual Reality
Zurich 2.0
An interactive video, created using 3D scans of streets and buildings, that constructs a hyper-realistic excursion through fragments of the Swiss city of Zürich, which the viewer sees from the perspective of freely floating in space while the city falls to pieces and builds itself up again in new impressive ways. The screening was supported by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.  

Zurich 2.0

Dirk Koy
Switzerland / 2015 / 3 min.
section: Virtual Reality
Beyond the Wall
This film shows the living conditions of hundreds of thousands of migrants when they made their escape from gangs, drug cartels, and criminality in Central America. A harsh account with concrete testimonies, such as a young woman in Honduras whose two daughters were kidnapped and murdered by a gang.

Beyond the Wall

Mikkel Cantzler, Mikkel Keldorf
Denmark / 2018 / 7 min.
section: Virtual Reality
BEING AN ASTRONAUT, PART 1
At the training center in Houston, astronauts are tested on how they will enter space. Together with a guide, a French astronaut, the viewer experiences training for a spacewalk, centrifuge simulations, and leaving the vehicle.

BEING AN ASTRONAUT, PART 1

Pierre-Emmanuel Le Goff, Jürgen Hansen
Germany, France / 2018 / 15 min.
section: Virtual Reality
Unrest VR
A stunning rendition of the situation - a person tied by disease to a bed, based on documentation of neurosensory responses to pain or fainting. The viewer goes through difficult-to-imagine situations while experiencing the freedom of floating in their own inner landscape. 

Unrest VR

Jennifer Brea, Amaury La Burthe
United Kingdom, France, United States / 2017 / 20 min.
section: Virtual Reality
The Great Ocean (Debris) - Venice
A hybrid documentary about climate change and polluting plastics and their effects on the oceans.  The viewer follows the water cycle in Venice, where the sea level is rising. It’s not just an exploration or an enlightening experience - the consumer must change the environment for the better in this world. 

The Great Ocean (Debris) - Venice

Michael Geidel
Germany / 2018 / 25 min.
section: Virtual Reality
World Premiere
HanaHana
A metaphorical journey through the physical awareness of your own body and its environment. In a post-apocalyptic-looking world, anthropomorphic fragments and clusters of molecules move through the physical landscape in which structures can replicate, returning to the existential question of what of the "I" remains.    The installation was supported by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.

HanaHana

Naëm Baron, Melodie Mousset
Switzerland / 2016
section: Virtual Reality
Lake Baikal: Winter Spirit
A breathtaking exploration of Baikal, the oldest and largest lake in the world, as well as of the Siberian landscape that surrounds it, its unrelenting nature and the everyday lives of the people who live on its shores. We’ll also see the work of scientists in the area, as well as the reactions of various religions to local environmental threats.

Lake Baikal: Winter Spirit

Georgy Molodtsov, Michael Owen
United States / 2016 / 8 min.
section: Virtual Reality
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