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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Born in 1918
Born in 1918
Born in 1918

Born in 1918

director: Eva Tomanová
original title: Narozena 1918
country: Czech Republic
year: 2018
running time: 52 min.

synopsis

Vlasta Šrůtková has lived through many ups and down not just in her own life, but in the life of her country. She is exceptionally vital for her age, living on Prague’s Kampa Island, a perfect place for reflecting on Czech history, identity, the nation. Her life is an exceptionally strong story in which the central event of our country are also key moments in her own life. 

more about film

director: Eva Tomanová
producer: Lenka Poláková
script: Eva Tomanová
photography: Petr Koblovský
editing: Marek Šulík
sound: František Šec

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The Third Human Torch
Not many people know that the self-immolations of Jan Palach and Jan Zajíc were followed by the same tragic act of protest committed by Evžen Plocek in the early April of 1969 in Jihlava. What was the meaning of his deed back then and what can we see in it today? A documentary about the meaning of human sacrifice and about the incident that was long kept secret by the communists and still remains largely undiscussed.

The Third Human Torch

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Czech Republic / 2017 / 26 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
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.

That Moment: Classmates Among the Tanks

Zdeněk Tyc
Czech Republic / 2018 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Orbis Artis: Pasta Oner
Director, cinematographer and photographer Jaroslav Brabec has been mapping the domestic art scene for many years, as evidenced by his photobook Orbis Artis. Based on the book, Czech Television commissioned a documentary series of the same name, introducing Czech artists whose work we should respect and be familiar with.

Orbis Artis: Pasta Oner

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Czech Republic / 2017 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Don’t Give Up: All Around Me Lives and Feels Like Me
Painter, wood-carver, typesetter, printer, writer, and poet Josef Váchal was one of the most distinctive artists of the 20th century. He left behind an extensive body of work, in which his monumental book – a kind of modern codex devoted to his great love, the Bohemian Forest – holds a remarkable place. With The Bohemian Forest: Dying, Romantic, the inveterate wanderer and pilgrim Josef Váchal offers an enduring testemony of the ancient face of the Bohemian Forest and its inimitable and disappearing beauty. 

Don’t Give Up: All Around Me Lives and Feels Like Me

Karel Čtveráček
Czech Republic / 2017 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
A New World in Donbass
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A New World in Donbass

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section: Czech Television Documentaries
Jan Potměšil: I would not change a thing
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Jan Potměšil: I would not change a thing

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section: Czech Television Documentaries
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section: Czech Television Documentaries
The People’s Militia
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The People’s Militia

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Czech Republic / 2018 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
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Terezín gravediggers

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Czech Republic / 2019 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
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Doomed Beauty
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Doomed Beauty

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section: Czech Television Documentaries
The Last Hope of Věra Bílá
Věra Bílá was once one of the largest celebrities on the Czech music scene. Together with the band Kale, she went on numerous tours of Europe, the USA, and Japan. But after leaving the band in 2006 she no longer performs in public, and her passion for gambling machines caused her to fall into debt. In 2013, her only (adopted) son passed away, followed soon after by her husband. She spent Christmas 2016 all alone in a small room. Nobody gave her any gifts. She remembers her grandmother, who survived Auschwitz, and the many downturns and insults she has had to suffer. And yet she looks forward, with faith in a new project, new energy, hope…

The Last Hope of Věra Bílá

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