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25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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The People’s Militia
The People’s Militia
The People’s Militia

The People’s Militia

director: Jan Rousek
original title: Lidové milice
country: Czech Republic
year: 2018
running time: 52 min.

synopsis

A look at a forgotten chapter in modern Czech history. The “armed fist of the working class,” formed from various factory guard units on the instigation of the Czechoslovak Communist Party, began operating under the guidance of the Central Union Committee in May 1945. After the communist takeover in 1948, the People’s Militia was sent upon orders of the Communist Party to “defend” the borders or to act against students, farmers, the church, demonstrators protesting the currency reform. Their actions against anti-regime gatherings in 1969 resulted in several deaths. They also acted brutally during the demonstrations in Prague in 1988 and 1989.

more about film

director: Jan Rousek
producer: Petr Kubica
script: Jan Rousek
photography: Jan Rousek
editing: Jan Rousek
sound: Jiří Mach, Martin Kuhn, Jan Rousek

other films in the section

Form 8.A
A problematic, underachieving Czech class is taken over by new teachers who have the ambition and desire to change the situation. For one semester, we follow the emotion-filled story, told from the point of view of both the students and the teachers. Will the students and their new teachers succeed? How will the confrontation between the new teachers and the existing teachers pan out? Czech Television presents an innovative format based on the hugely successful Swedish docu-reality show that should open up public debate on the topic of student motivation and the quality of education at the upper primary level.

Form 8.A

Braňo Špaček
Czech Republic / 2014 / 45 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Tremble by Petr Zuska
The path of Petr Zuska to grand dance and choreography led from the Prague Chamber Ballet, the ballet ensemble of the National Theatre, the Bayerisches Staatsballett in Munich and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens to the post of the head of the National Theatre Ballet where he spent the last 15 years. This documentary maps his work during his last year as the head of the National Theatre Ballet.

Tremble by Petr Zuska

Martin Kubala
Czech Republic / 2017 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Mamma from Prison
Andy, Petra and Bára. Three life stories that met in prison in Světlá nad Sázavou. This is the prison where mothers can do their time together with their children, because a maternal bond could provide the strongest incentive to lead a better and more responsible life.

Mamma from Prison

Veronika Jonasova
Czech Republic / 2017 / 80 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Fulmaya, the Girl with Skinny Legs
Slovak musician and actress Dorota Nvotová sets out on a long journey of self-discovery. She finds peace in the foothills of the Himalayas, one of the poorest corners of the world and a place that could not be more different from our own culture. In Nepal, Dorota runs a relatively successful travel agency focused on high mountain tourism. With the help of her Nepalese alter ego Fulmaya, we also explore the world of street children and life at the Happy Home orphanage, which Dorota looks after. A story full of authentic situations, the "otherness" of a distant world, human truthfulness, and them music of a Slovak rocker.

Fulmaya, the Girl with Skinny Legs

Vendula Bradáčová
Czech Republic / 2013 / 73 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Czech Premiere
Don’t Give Up: Hope for the Arhuaco
The Arhuaco are an indigenous tribe that has resisted fate for more than 400 years, but that today, because of the advanced technology of mining companies, politicians’ arrogance, and the spread of tourism find their existence threatened. Their houses are demolished by giant bulldozers. In July 2017, some 180 families were forced from their homes, and today they live in squalor in a park in the town of Puerto Bello. Their sacred sites have been burned. In response, an organization was founded in the Czech Republic to try to help the Arhuaco purchase their original lands, so that they can return… 

Don’t Give Up: Hope for the Arhuaco

Iva Tereza Grosskopfová
Czech Republic / 2018 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
From Love to Hatred 2: Domestic Violence on Men
After its successful documentary film featuring interviews with five abused women, Czech Television takes a look at another side of domestic violence. The stories of the film’s four male protagonists show that although the methods of violence are similar, the victims’ are in a much different position: Violence against men is usually questioned, and their partners, however manipulative and aggressive, are in a much more advantageous position, since the men, as representatives of the supposedly stronger sex, are generally not believed. The film is the first ever documentary to look at this socially taboo subject. 

From Love to Hatred 2: Domestic Violence on Men

Štěpán Romuald Rob
Czech Republic / 2018 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Women in the Land of the Taliban
They endure cruel conditions of extraordinary poverty. Many do not know how to read or write, and their lives are decided by men. But some have stood up against their fate. They have studied and become pilots and generals, or they play on the national football team. A film about the life of contemporary Afghan women. 

Women in the Land of the Taliban

Andrej Stuk, Jarmila Štuková, Lenka Klicperová
Czech Republic / 2014 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Jakub Hrůša versus Leoš Janáček’s The Makropulos Affair
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Jakub Hrůša versus Leoš Janáček’s The Makropulos Affair

Olga Špátová
Czech Republic / 2015 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
On Decency
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On Decency

Radovan Síbrt
Czech Republic / 2012 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
noimage
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Living in a Concept

Lucie Králová
Czech Republic / 2011 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
World Premiere
Zapomenutá Františka Plamínková
She was braver and more courageous than many men. She lectured in Europe and the USA, shared Masaryk’s ideals, she was a teacher and writer, and she fought for women’s dignity. Thanks to her, women’s suffrage was protected by the Czechoslovak constitution 100 years ago. The remarkable journalist, pedagogue and politician, born 145 years ago, comes to life in this new documentary.You can watch this film HERE.
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Zapomenutá Františka Plamínková

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section: Czech Television Documentaries
Ticket to the Moon
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Ticket to the Moon

Veronika Janatková
Czech Republic, Germany / 2019 / 68 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
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