27th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
Is There Any Place For Me, Please?
director: Jarmila Štuková
original title: Moje nová tvář
country: Czech Republic
running time: 77 min.
synopsisMartina was doused with acid by her ex-boyfriend, causing third-degree burns to the upper half of her body and almost complete blindness. The documentary portrait follows her life story after this life-changing attack – coping with the loss of physical attractiveness, the fear of a world she cannot see, and her search for a new meaning in life. Martina's story bears all the hallmarks of a good biopic. It presents a strong central character going through difficult situations and finding happiness despite many pitfalls. But what sets it apart from mainstream productions is the directness with which Martina speaks to us and its potential to break through many taboos.
“When we started working together, she was very traumatized by the attack. She did not associate with journalists and only agreed to do the documentary on the condition that if she wanted to, I would throw everything in the trash.”
biographyJarmila Štuková (born 1979) focuses her documentary work mainly on the fate of people from countries affected by war, but also on the physically disabled and socially disadvantaged. In Jihlava, audiences previously viewed her film Women in the Land of the Taliban (2014), which she directed together with Andrej Štuk and Lenka Klicperová.
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