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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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My God Never Dies
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My God Never Dies

director: Daichi Amano
original title: Watashi no kami ha shinanai
country: Japan
year: 2019
running time: 17 min.

synopsis

Nearly twenty years ago, a Muslim refugee whose face we don’t get to see crossed the border of Myanmar, a country plagued by ethnic-religious conflict. He has since been unsuccessfully applying for asylum in Japan. Deprived of the opportunity to work and live outside a refugee facility, the now-40-year-old man turns to Allah as his last hope for human dignity.

biography

Japanese documentary filmmaker Daichi Amano is a graduate of the California Institute of Art s(CalArts) and now works in Tokyo. He has focused on refugees and portrayed people's stories since then. His work includes the documentary Days (2010) and the feature film Flowing (2012).

more about film

director: Daichi Amano
producer: Daichi Amano
editing: Daichi Amano
music: R N S T
sound: Yukiko Shimizu

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Mum, I'm Sorry
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Mum, I'm Sorry

Martina Melilli
Italy / 2017 / 17 min.
section: Short Joy
International Premiere
Research / Souvenir (Dialogues)
This documentary combines interviews with participants in ethnographic research led by the filmmaker personally with footage of his own personal reflections and insights. The recordings, gathered during the three years prior to the end of the authoritarian regime of Zimbabwean president Mugabe, is accompanied by 8mm footage of Rhodesia.

Research / Souvenir (Dialogues)

Roger Horn
South Africa, Zimbabwe / 2018 / 18 min.
section: Short Joy
Central European Premiere
Transit
This silent portrait of a multipurpose compound that serves as a storage site, maximum security space, and luxury showroom slowly turns into a bizarre black-and-white science-fiction movie with the building as the main character. Despite its abstract nature, the meticulously composed rhythmic combination of austere, carefully framed shots lacking any other context is a fitting architectural commentary on the spirit of our era.

Transit

Mandy Krebs
Germany, Luxembourg / 2016 / 11 min.
section: Short Joy
World Premiere
The Wonderful Years
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The Wonderful Years

Galina Yarmanova, Svitlana Shymko
Ukraine / 2018 / 9 min.
section: Short Joy
International Premiere
Dvalemodus
A majestic mountain range rises over a Norwegian town engulfed in darkness. The stormy sea laps at its shores. A thick snow is falling. The town’s inhabitants, almost motionless in their existence, are like creatures in hibernation. The camera’s static shots resembling photographs are woven together into an experimental documentary on life in Skaland.

Dvalemodus

Mattias De Craene, Bieke Depoorter
Belgium, Norway, Germany / 2017 / 9 min.
section: Short Joy
World Premiere
Interiors & Exteriors
The filmmaker tracks one aspect of life in a diverse Muslim community: prayer. This standard daily activity may take place even in the hustle and bustle of a busy street. This single-take short documentary focuses on people as they walk in front of the camera and uses details to classify them into different castes.

Interiors & Exteriors

Ashique Mostafa
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section: Short Joy
World Premiere
Jungle
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Jungle

Colia Vranici
France / 2016 / 18 min.
section: Short Joy
East European Premiere
Girls and Honey
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Girls and Honey

Pieter Jan De Pue
Belgium, Ukraine / 2017 / 8 min.
section: Short Joy
East European Premiere
Shendy Wu: a Diary
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Shendy Wu: a Diary

Ingrid Pokropek
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section: Short Joy
European Premiere
Becoming
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Becoming

Jan van IJken
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section: Short Joy
World Premiere
The Remembered Film
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The Remembered Film

Isabelle Tollenaere
Belgium / 2018 / 18 min.
section: Short Joy
Central European Premiere
Notes on the Shore
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