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23rd 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

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.
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That Moment: Classmates Among the Tanks

Zdeněk Tyc
Czech Republic / 2018 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Růža
The life story of jockey Martina Růžičková is full of loss, pain, and obstacles, but she also managed to face up to adversity with newfound strength and resolve. How does she live today, did she succeed in entering the Great Pardubice Steeplechase at age 50, and what surprises did she experience thanks to Folie d’Ocean, the mare bought for her by famous Finnish racecar driver Mika Häkkinen?

Růža

David Bonaventura
Czech Republic / 2014 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Ida’s Mission
A look at the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra’s incredible tour of Romany settlements in eastern Slovakia and its collaboration with Ida Kelarová, the Čhavorenge ensemble, and local Romany children who had ten days to learn the songs that they performed on stage with members of the philharmonic.

Ida’s Mission

Tomáš Kudrna, Evženie Brabcová
Czech Republic, Slovakia / 2016 / 67 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
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

Evženie Brabcová, Tomáš Kudrna
Czech Republic / 2016 / 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
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. 
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From Love to Hatred 2: Domestic Violence on Men

Štěpán Romuald Rob
Czech Republic / 2018 / 52 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, Filip Remunda, Vít Klusák
Czech Republic / 2016 / 64 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Stepec
A documentary portrayal of tennis player Radek Štěpánek takes a look at his determination during tennis matches and offers an insight into the private life of this fascinating sports figure. The time-lapse documentary includes comments of his friends, e.g. Petr Čech, Pavel Nedvěd and Jaromír Jágr.

Stepec

Jana Škopková
Czech Republic / 2015 / 65 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Czechs Save… Antelopes in Senegal
The largest antelope in the world, the giant eland, lives in the Senegalese savannah and is on the verge of extinction. Its numbers hover somewhere around the last two hundred individuals. A team led by engineer Karolína Brandlová has managed something unprecedented: At the Bandia Reservation just a few kilometers from the country’s capital, they have succeeded – through careful breeding and with the help of Senegalese preservationists and the operators of a local safari – to turn a group of just six antelopes into a herd numbering several dozen animals. The second episode of a documentary series hosted by Dan Bárta about endangered animals throughout the world.
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Czechs Save… Antelopes in Senegal

Zdeněk Suchý
Czech Republic / 2017 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
International Premiere
Kotík the Untameable
Petr Kotík is one of the world’s most distinguished and renowned authors and tireless promoters of European and American contemporary music. A composer, conductor and flautist on his way between New York, Prague and Ostrava in the documentary by Adam Oľha.

Kotík the Untameable

Adam Oľha
Czech Republic / 2017 / 58 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
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