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24th 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

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
Let Misik Sing!
Rock legend Vladimír Mišík has his own little planet. It was discovered in 1995 by Czech astronomers from Kleť Observatory who named it in Mišík’s honour. And it is mostly on this very planet that Jitka Němcová’s new documentary about Vladimír Mišík and his beautiful songs takes place, reminiscing on all the weird things that happened in his life and recounting a rather thrilling search.

Let Misik Sing!

Jitka Němcová
Czech Republic / 2017 / 100 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
The Power of Lies
This documentary analyses the quality of infowar and the effects of disinformation in the Czech Republic. It tries to find out who is behind false reports that spread mainly through social networks and so called conspiracy webs. The film also tries to answer the question whether these false reports, stories and emotions are spread as part of Russian propaganda and whether those Czechs who are for various reasons unhappy with the direction their country chose after 1989 are in on the scheme.

The Power of Lies

Tomáš Kudrna
Czech Republic / 2016 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
I Won’t Sell My Soul
Although it is still a legal grey area, an increasing number of children in the Czech Republic are born to surrogate mothers who act as something like an incubator for the genetic material of other couples. But can you give birth to a child, hand it to someone else, and then go on with your life as if nothing has happened? What if the child “doesn’t turn out right” or if the couple has second thoughts about parenthood?

I Won’t Sell My Soul

Eva Tomanová
Czech Republic / 2016 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Who is fooling around here
He's one of the longest-serving psychiatrists and psychotherapists in the world. At the age of eighty, he still actively works at three clinics, writes a respected blog and publishes popular bestselling books. His dream was to become a general practitioner in Šumava, instead he ended up in the “crazy house”. He was behind the creation of many bluebooks for Czech dissidents and he was the first person in our nation's history to begin devoting himself to psychosomatic medicine. Above all, he is a people person and puts his life in the service of humankind in all its bizarre forms.
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Who is fooling around here

Šárka Maixnerová
Czech Republic / 2019 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Ticket to the Moon
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Ticket to the Moon

Veronika Janatková
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section: Czech Television Documentaries
Don’t Give Up: Biomass Forever!
Energetically sustainable communities are unique and far between in our corner of the world. The standard situation is that the biggest chunk of money from municipal budgets reserved to pay for gas and electricity, goes to energy giants and monopolies, and other options are not even considered.

Don’t Give Up: Biomass Forever!

Ivo Bystřičan
Czech Republic / 2017 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Our Countryside: Bedřichovice Upon Thames
What happens when an entire village is made part of an art project? The story of a seemingly ordinary village that, thanks to the ideas of artist Kateřina Šedá, is turned into a living work of art

Our Countryside: Bedřichovice Upon Thames

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section: Czech Television Documentaries
Girl Power
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Girl Power

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section: Czech Television Documentaries
Czech Journal: A Theory of Equality
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Czech Journal: A Theory of Equality

Barbora Chalupová
Czech Republic / 2017 / 63 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Rozárka and Homeless Cooks
A portrayal of 11-year-old Rozárka who decided to stop eating meat. She does not like that 50% of animals in factory farming are slaughtered for no reason. The film explores the subject of openness and consideration towards the planet and nature through her story. Compassion, which is the driving force behind Rozárka’s decision not to eat meat, is naturally transferred into a wider social context when the girl chooses to meet cooks from the vegan restaurant Kuchařky bez domova (Homeless Cooks).

Rozárka and Homeless Cooks

Theodora Remundová
Czech Republic / 2017 / 15 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Czech Journal: In the Child’s Best Interests
This film compares the fates of two newborns, whose parents either could not or did not want to care for them. Whilst one is placed into a temporary guardian’s care immediately after birth, the other is sent to a residential care home for infants. The documentary explores the system in place for handling unwanted newborns. At the same time, it also raises several controversial issues.

Czech Journal: In the Child’s Best Interests

Linda Kallistová Jablonská
Czech Republic / 2016 / 64 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
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