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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Our Waszek. On the Power of the Powerless

Our Waszek. On the Power of the Powerless

director: Krystyna Krauze
original title: Náš Vašek. O moci bezmocných
country: Poland, Czech Republic
year: 2012
running time: 52 min.

synopsis

This film, which was initiated by Polish filmmakers, introduces viewers to how Václav Havel was viewed "next door". In Poland, too, Havel was considered an important person and a symbol. The film sheds light on the little-known relationship between the Polish and Czech opposition and offers a unique testimony on the meetings and actions that helped to bring down the totalitarian regimes in Europe.

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director: Krystyna Krauze

other films in the section

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
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
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

David Vondráček, Roman Šantúr
Czech Republic / 2018 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
World Premiere
Stubborn Architect Martin Rajniš
Martin Rajniš, the “enfant terrible” of Czech architecture, refuses to accept the current state of his field and of society in general. He is just as “terrible” as the French architect Pierre Charles L’Enfant, who designed Washington, D.C., for President Thomas Jefferson. According to one version, the expression “enfant terrible” was inspired by the fact that L’Enfant was extremely difficult to work with. Today, however, it often describes someone original, daring, and direct. The documentary captures Rajniš’s inspirational approach and his working process – both at his studio in Prague and at his country cottage in the village of Maxov in the Jizera Mountains.

Stubborn Architect Martin Rajniš

Roman Vávra
Czech Republic / 2018 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
International Premiere
The Landscape of Home: The Two Hearts of Vysočina
The Žďár Highlands and the Iron Mountains, the most preserved parts of the Vysočina region, look almost the same as they did more than a hundred years ago. Come and see our country in a way that you never have before, and be amazed by its beauty and diversity.

The Landscape of Home: The Two Hearts of Vysočina

Petr Krejčí
Czech Republic / 2016 / 26 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
Czech Miracles: The Alps Belong to the Czechs
Zdarsky’s ski binding, skiing style, a bivouac sack, a mountain in the Antarctic, a chalet in the Alps, a museum, several street names – this is the list of things and places that bear the name of Mathias Zdarsky, a native of Třebíč and a founder of Alpine skiing. Thanks to him the magic of snow covered slopes enchanted first crowds from Vienna and later skiing enthusiasts from all over the world.

Czech Miracles: The Alps Belong to the Czechs

Petra Všelichová
Czech Republic / 2016 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Don’t Give Up: How to Find Zero
An increasing number of people dream of an ideal life with a minimal environmental footprint. But what would such a life look like, and is it even possible to live such a life in modern civilization? Mira Ahimsa has been trying for nine years. He lives without money or modern amenities. He doesn’t cut his hair, beard, or fingernails, and doesn’t even start fires.

Don’t Give Up: How to Find Zero

Ivo Bystřičan
Czech Republic / 2016 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Music by Zdeněk Liška
One of the best Czech composers of film soundtracks is often described as a genius of film scores. He was not afraid to experiment and the timelessness of his work is proven by the admiration of the world, including the generation who came to know his music only after his death.

Music by Zdeněk Liška

Pavel Klusák
Czech Republic / 2016 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Czech Journal: Okamura Brothers
A cinematic portrait of three siblings and a society that unites and divides many in a similar fashion as Hayata, Osamu and Tomia. The intertwining of the often-conflicting visions of the three brothers with the history of their family and the attitudes of the other protagonists of the film is a concrete testimony to how the political situation is influenced by personal and social experiences. The film, thus, not only suggests why we are in today's political constellation, but it also reports on the state of contemporary social opinion, both in relation to their authorities and their citizens.
personal program

Czech Journal: Okamura Brothers

Filip Remunda
Czech Republic / 2019 / 85 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
Another chance
A true story about the unlikely love of a middle-aged woman from a middle-class family and a scam artist. The risk of death and hope in the form of a newborn child enter into their relationship from the least probable direction. Another chance is a perceptive psychological portrayal of a woman, her partner, and other loved ones, and at the same time a riveting testimony to the struggle for life and its meaning.
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Another chance

Eva Tomanová
Czech Republic / 2019 / 75 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
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