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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Mamma from Prison

Mamma from Prison

director: Veronika Jonasova
original title: Máma z basy
country: Czech Republic
year: 2017
running time: 80 min.

synopsis

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.

more about film

director: Veronika Jonasova
producer: Pavla Janousková, Alena Müllerová
script: Veronika Jonasova
photography: Jarmila Stukova
editing: Jakub Hejna
sound: Jarmila Stukova

other films in the section

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
European Architect Bohuslav Fuchs
A survey of the historical and contemporary significance of the work of Bohuslav Fuchs at home and abroad, this documentary describes the birth of the unique tradition of Brno’s Functionalism through the life of its main representatives, whose most famous buildings in Brno include the Zeman Café and the Hotel Avion.

European Architect Bohuslav Fuchs

Pavel Jirásek
Czech Republic / 2016 / 57 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Marriage stories: New Generation
Mirka and Kuba met at a techno party, had a daughter together, and decided to get married. With a wedding begins seven years of happiness, love, and rough patches. The young couple are not only confronted with age-old challenges, but also with the temptations and intricacies of life in today's Czech Republic. Moving to the big city, having a second child, getting a mortgage, having a mid-life crisis. But can the family manage to overcome the biggest obstacle of all, together? Using her time-lapse method, Hana Třeštíková captures private dramas in a captivating way. It continues the work of her mother Helena, who made a name for herself with this format.
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Marriage stories: New Generation

Hana Třeštíková
Czech Republic / 2019 / 92 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Zátopek
Nicknamed “the Czech Locomotive,” Emil Zátopek held 18 world records and is best known for winning the 5 km, 10 km and marathon races at the Olympic Games in Helsinki. David Ondříček brings his grand successes back to life through interviews with his family, friends, and former competitors.

Zátopek

David Ondříček
Czech Republic / 2016 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
I Haven’t Smoke My Last Cigar Yet
Professor Josef Koutecký founded, built up and institutionalised a brand new medical field – paediatric oncology – first in Czechoslovakia, later in the Czech Republic. He has been the head of a clinic, a dean and a vice-chancellor and has trained a vast number of paediatric oncologists. But this documentary is not about him as a professor but rather about him as a man. It is not about his successes but about love and faith. It is not about an elderly man but about someone who has always stood upright.

I Haven’t Smoke My Last Cigar Yet

Šárka Maixnerová
Czech Republic / 2017 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Zuzana Michnová: Just the Right Kind of Famous…
Jitka Němcová's feature-length film about singer-songwriter Zuzana Michnová, among other things the main singer with the legendary Czech band Marsyas. Not a classical documentary, the film is instead a collage of reminiscences, rare archival material, re-enactments, interviews, and footage from a sold-out concert at Prague's La Fabrica. The unusual editing, combined with an emotional narrative and absurd situations, is for all those who love Zuzana, Marsyas and good music.

Zuzana Michnová: Just the Right Kind of Famous…

Jitka Němcová
Czech Republic / 2013 / 95 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
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
Love with the Scent of Fir
This documentary film about people who "no longer have to pretend that they don't exist" was made as a gift from Czech Television for the Jedlička Institute for the Disabled to mark the institute's 100th anniversary. Over the course of just under an hour, we see and experience the everyday joyful, comical, embarrassing, and extraordinary situations of several people who have one thing in common: the institute that everybody calls by its nickname "Jedle" ("fir"). What kind of institute is it? How has it changed over the past 100 years? What has it given to and gained from the people who have passed through it? The various micro-stories culminate in a wedding and birth. Most of the protagonists are in wheelchairs, but that doesn't keep them from cutting loose.

Love with the Scent of Fir

Karel Koula
Czech Republic / 2013 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Czechs Save… Sea Turtles in Borneo
The documentary series Czechs Save… with host Dan Bárta looks at endangered animals all over the world and the Czech naturalists who, often thousands of kilometers away from home, are working to save them. The first episode of the series focuses on the work of the young biologist Hana Svobodová, who is trying to protect sea turtles on several islands around Borneo. Although there exist other breeding stations, her extensive knowledge of the turtles lives allows her to help them more effectively.

Czechs Save… Sea Turtles in Borneo

Zdeněk Suchý
Czech Republic / 2017 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
International Premiere
Children Online
Three stories about the youngest generation of “digital natives” for whom the Internet became an endless source of entertainment and communication as well as of new dangers. Most today’s children can use a computer or a mobile phone before they learn to tie shoelaces and ride a bicycle. New generations of children who spent much more time in a virtual world than on a playground are growing up all over the world.

Children Online

Kateřina Hager
Czech Republic / 2017 / 52 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

Jan Gogola ml.
Czech Republic / 2015 / 26 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
Czech Republic, Slovakia / 2016 / 67 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
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