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25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Jan Potměšil: I would not change a thing
Jan Potměšil: I would not change a thing
Jan Potměšil: I would not change a thing
Jan Potměšil: I would not change a thing
Jan Potměšil: I would not change a thing
Jan Potměšil: I would not change a thing
Jan Potměšil: I would not change a thing
Jan Potměšil: I would not change a thing

Jan Potměšil: I would not change a thing

director: Miloslav Šmídmajer, Martin Slunečko
original title: Jan Potměšil: Nikdy bych neměnil
country: Czech Republic
year: 2019
running time: 52 min.

synopsis

The film combines the personal story of famous actor Jan Potměšil with the historical events of 1989. Students and actors had a great influence on the origin and course of the Velvet Revolution. They participated in demonstrations, went on strikes, but mainly tried to inform even the remote regions of what was happening. One of them, Jan Potměšil, paid a high price for this activity – on his return home after meeting up with some miners in Ostrava, he got into a collision with another car. The others escaped unscathed, but he was paralyzed for life. With a strong willpower and positive attitude to life, he managed to return not only to everyday life, but also to his profession.

more about film

director: Miloslav Šmídmajer, Martin Slunečko
producer: Martina Šantavá
script: Martin Slunečko, Miloslav Šmídmajer
photography: Miroslav Souček
editing: Martin Palouš
sound: Rumen Pešek

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Nationality during Puberty: Mari and Lili

Erika Hníková
Czech Republic / 2012 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Sparta Runs in Our Blood
From its Young Pioneer beginnings, through the Iron Curtain era of Spartak Sokolovo, to its 36th title, this documentary maps the 120-year history of Sparta football and hockey clubs, accompanied by animated stories from the history of one of the country’s oldest sports clubs.

Sparta Runs in Our Blood

Jana Škopková
Czech Republic / 2014 / 56 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
A New World in Donbass
A few years ago, Michal Kody Kislicki left for Ukraine to search for his true self. Soon after his arrival he decided to help in the war-torn region of Donbass where he set up NGO Chuť pomáhat. Finally, he found much more than he had expected – the meaning of life, faith in God and his wife Ksushu.

A New World in Donbass

Zdeněk Chaloupka
Czech Republic / 2017 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
The Path Leads This Way
A film about people with multiple handicaps who attend school at the Jedlička Institute, a secondary school that offers students a universal course of study along with practical education for everyday life. After school, the students transition into a halfway program that forms the main focus of the film.

The Path Leads This Way

Martin Ryšavý
Czech Republic / 2015 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Tremble by Petr Zuska
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section: Czech Television Documentaries
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section: Czech Television Documentaries
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The Power of Lies

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section: Czech Television Documentaries
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Rozárka and Homeless Cooks

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section: Czech Television Documentaries
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section: Czech Television Documentaries
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In Dog's Name

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section: Czech Television Documentaries
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Jiří Trnka: A Long Lost Friend

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section: Czech Television Documentaries
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