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25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Kovy Fixes History
Kovy Fixes History
Kovy Fixes History
Kovy Fixes History

Kovy Fixes History

director: Ivo Bystřičan
original title: Kovy řeší dějiny
country: Czech Republic
year: 2020
running time: 52 min.

synopsis

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.

You can watch this film HERE.

more about film

director: Ivo Bystřičan
producer: Lenka Poláková
script: Ivo Bystřičan
photography: Jiří Strnad
editing: Adam Patyk
sound: Jan Kalužný

other films in the section

The Last Hope of Věra Bílá
Věra Bílá was once one of the largest celebrities on the Czech music scene. Together with the band Kale, she went on numerous tours of Europe, the USA, and Japan. But after leaving the band in 2006 she no longer performs in public, and her passion for gambling machines caused her to fall into debt. In 2013, her only (adopted) son passed away, followed soon after by her husband. She spent Christmas 2016 all alone in a small room. Nobody gave her any gifts. She remembers her grandmother, who survived Auschwitz, and the many downturns and insults she has had to suffer. And yet she looks forward, with faith in a new project, new energy, hope…

The Last Hope of Věra Bílá

David Vondráček, Roman Šantúr
Czech Republic / 2018 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
World Premiere
Don’t Give Up: In the Thrall of the Woods
The current, widespread bark beetle infestation shows clearly that the spruce monoculture in the Czech landscape is a great problem. And yet, spruces are being replanted in places where forests should never be. The illegal planting of forests is a trend that people involved in environmental protection have been observing for several years now. Owners of land classified as meadows and pastureland are planting woodlands, primarily spruce, in defiance of the law, thus driving out endangered species of plants and animals, changing the traditional character of the landscape, and making it less attractive for visitors. 

Don’t Give Up: In the Thrall of the Woods

Tomáš Netočný
Czech Republic / 2018 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Another chance
A true story about the unlikely love of a middle-aged woman from a middle-class family and a scam artist. The risk of death and hope in the form of a newborn child enter into their relationship from the least probable direction. Another chance is a perceptive psychological portrayal of a woman, her partner, and other loved ones, and at the same time a riveting testimony to the struggle for life and its meaning.

Another chance

Eva Tomanová
Czech Republic / 2019 / 75 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
Golden Youth in Chanov
A group of teenagers from Prague sees what the lives of other Czechs are like. In the second episode of Golden Youth, Renáta, Michal, Jiří, Nicol and Yen spend a week living in Chanov’s infamous high-rise apartment blocks. They learn how difficult it is to find work in the Most region. They even participate in an anti-Roma demonstration. Which of them will manage the difficult conditions of life in the ghetto? It definitely won’t be a walk in the park, but one thing is sure – the Golden Youth know how to surprise us.

Golden Youth in Chanov

Czech Republic / 2015 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Images of Prague Suburbia
A pictorial "féerie" (fairy play) documentary evoking the long-gone landscape of the Prague periphery around Botič. Becoming a model for confrontation with its modern appearance is this unfinished screenplay by director Jiří Lehovec, photographs by Josef Sudek and pictures by Kamil Lhoták.

Images of Prague Suburbia

Josef Císařovský
Czech Republic / 2019 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
That Moment: Classmates Among the Tanks
Fifty years ago, they lived through the invasion of Czechoslovakia; now they revisit moments captured on film. Věra Křesadlová and her young sons quickly left to be with her husband Miloš Forman in Paris. Petr Semerád witnesses soldiers shooting into crowds of people by the main radio station in Prague. Czech Television’s documentary series on the 50th anniversary of the 1968 invasion was inspired by the popular Israeli series Capturing the Moment, which has been adapted in eight different countries.

That Moment: Classmates Among the Tanks

Zdeněk Tyc
Czech Republic / 2018 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
New Collection of Quick Happiness
The fashion industry has managed to connect the world of fashion with that of consumerism brilliantly, becoming an insatiable driver of 21st-century consumer culture. This documentary takes a peek behind the curtain of clothing consumption and challenges the lifestyle of economically developed, prosperous societies. It presents a critical reflection on the world of the fashion industry as a basic pillar of current overconsumption.You can watch this film HERE.
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New Collection of Quick Happiness

Tomáš Hlaváček
Czech Republic / 2019 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
The Family of Alois Rašín
Alois and Ladislav Rašín, who paid for their lives for their patriotic endeavors, did not get the recognition they deserved, and after the communist takeover in 1948 their names were erased from memory. Their forgotten lives are now recalled in a historical docudrama featuring Alois Rašín’s great-granddaughter Karolina Breitenmoser. 

The Family of Alois Rašín

Jiří Svoboda
Czech Republic / 2018 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
International Premiere
noimage
From 1974 – 77 the film Vysoká hra (High Level Game) was shot at Czechoslovak Television by orders of the highest echelons of the Communist Party. Junior cameraman Martin Vadas worked on the film as a focus puller, without ever knowing anything about the film itself. Later he was surprised to recognize his images when they were broadcast, when they had been combined with inflammatory commentary about the activities of Western intelligence headquarters. In his documentary, Martin Vadas investigates the circumstances surrounding the creation of Vysoká hra, analyzing the individual participants’ conflicts with power and their own fears.

The Small Big Game

Martin Vadas
Czech Republic / 2013 / 86 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
The Russian Job
Lada, once the largest and best manufacturer of automobiles in the Soviet Union, is today a financial disaster. In comes a seasoned Swedish manager with the job of bringing back the company’s golden era. At a meeting in the town of Tolyatti, deep in the heart of Russia, everyone comes with their own vision of the future that they do not want to compromise. The Russian Job is the story of great plans and even greater absurdity.

The Russian Job

Petr Horký
Czech Republic / 2017 / 64 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Liebe Indigo
On the one hand, one of the most distinctive representatives of Czech alternative theatre, whose dramatic range spans several artistic categories. On the other hand, the child of dissidents who were forced to leave their homeland and adapt to conditions in a foreign land. Both sides to Halka Třešňáková come together in a profession that allows her to express her personal feelings. This portrait of an artist, actress and performer documents her artistic work as well as the circumstances that influenced her adolescence in a family that stood up against the totalitarian regime.

Liebe Indigo

Saša Dlouhý
Czech Republic / 2013 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
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