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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Don’t Give Up: Biomass Forever!

Don’t Give Up: Biomass Forever!

director: Ivo Bystřičan
original title: Nedej se: Biomasa forever!
country: Czech Republic
year: 2017
running time: 26 min.

synopsis

Energetically sustainable communities are unique and far between in our corner of the world. The standard situation is that the biggest chunk of money from municipal budgets reserved to pay for gas and electricity, goes to energy giants and monopolies, and other options are not even considered.

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director: Ivo Bystřičan
producer: Lenka Poláková
script: Ivo Bystřičan
photography: Ivo Bystřičan
editing: Adam Patyk
sound: Jan Kalužný, Jakub Krajíček

other films in the section

Hotelier
Pavel Landovský is not only an enfant terrible of Czech acting, but also the author of the successful play Hoteliér. More than 40 years after its creation, director Jan Kačer decides that he and Landovský will put it on again. Joining him will be Vladimír Pucholt, Josef Abrhám and Libuše Šafránková. But Kačer isn't interested as much in bringing these famous actors back before audiences as in trying to pull Landovský out of the lethargy caused by his state of health.

Hotelier

Josef Abrhám jr.
Czech Republic / 2013 / 75 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Resmay Is a Guardian Angel
A story of a poor girl Jarka from Cambodia who could not write and read at 12 years of age and lived in degrading conditions. She had to work hard, taking care of her siblings, suffering from hunger and often even physical abuse. But then someone appeared in her life – Tamara, a Czech woman, who was visited in her dreams by her dead cousin and asked to take care of his daughter born in Cambodia and so far kept secret.

Resmay Is a Guardian Angel

Markéta Nešlehová
Czech Republic / 2017 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Brothers Beyond the Grave
Their parents came to Czechoslovakia in August 1968 along with the occupying forces. Today, these “children of Milovice” find themselves on opposing sides in the Russo-Ukrainian conflict. These “brothers,” destined for “friendship for all eternity,” are now shooting at one another. How do the children of the former officers stationed in Milovice see the contemporary Czech Republic and Russia? 

Brothers Beyond the Grave

Martin Jazairi
Czech Republic / 2017 / 59 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Ivan Havel: Late Harvest
The modest intellectual Ivan M. Havel is a member of one of the most renowned Czech families of the 20th century. Director Roman Vávra spent five years following him in his personal life, at work, and at social events with the country's cultural event. In the film, he returns his protagonist to places that played an important role in Havel's life. The result is an unmediated and lively documentary look at the history and ups and downs of the remarkable Havel family through one of its distinctive members.

Ivan Havel: Late Harvest

Roman Vávra
Czech Republic / 2013 / 58 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
The Path of Josef Pleskot
Architect Josef Pleskot can be described as one of the best known and most respected contemporary Czech architects. Pleskot has earned many awards since the 1990s, and his designs regularly represent Czech architecture at international exhibitions.

The Path of Josef Pleskot

Jana Chytilová
Czech Republic / 2015 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Don't give up: Climatic prisoners
In order to draw attention to the damage done to the environment, activists won't hesitate to hang a banner on the smokestack of a power plant, climb up a mining tower or protest at the bottom of a coal mine. Civil protests have always been a part of democracy and environmental protection. In recent years, however, there have been cases where activists are threatened with prosecution for non-violent protests. Does climate change also come with a “change in climate” in our society? Will people who peacefully protest against environmental damage end up in prison?
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Don't give up: Climatic prisoners

Martin Marek
Czech Republic / 2019 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
The Return of Agnieszka H.
Focusing on Polish director Agnieszka Holland's relationship to Czechoslovakia, this portrait documentary travels back to the past in order to reflect upon the present. Holland began studying at Prague's film academy in 1966, and the atmosphere of the Prague Spring and its tragic culmination in Jan Palach's self-immolation affected her deeply. Few people know that she spent several months in jail for her student activities. "Over the course of one month, the people resigned. I saw how incredibly quickly Normalization affected everything, how the fear spread until only a few dissidents remained. And the people were angry at those who were brave, because they reminded them of their own cowardice and denigration."

The Return of Agnieszka H.

Krystyna Krauze, Jacek Petrycki
Czech Republic, Poland / 2013 / 77 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
International Premiere
From Love to Hatred 2: Domestic Violence on Men
After its successful documentary film featuring interviews with five abused women, Czech Television takes a look at another side of domestic violence. The stories of the film’s four male protagonists show that although the methods of violence are similar, the victims’ are in a much different position: Violence against men is usually questioned, and their partners, however manipulative and aggressive, are in a much more advantageous position, since the men, as representatives of the supposedly stronger sex, are generally not believed. The film is the first ever documentary to look at this socially taboo subject. 

From Love to Hatred 2: Domestic Violence on Men

Štěpán Romuald Rob
Czech Republic / 2018 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Infiltration: The Health Business
After fifteen years, Czech Television has filmed a sequel to its successful documentary cycle Infiltration. This time around, the filmmakers focused on psychosomatic medicine in the Czech Republic. Unhappy with the quality of medical care and with doctors’ lack of empathy and time, many patients have turned to “alternative” treatments. But if “alternative” treatment is offered by academically certified doctors and psychologists, are they just as responsible for their actions in non-medical facilities as they are in regular doctors’ offices and hospitals? The documentary uncovers the scandalous medical practices at one Prague facility, shot over the course of one year using a hidden camera.

Infiltration: The Health Business

Šárka Maixnerová
Czech Republic / 2018 / 62 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Images of Prague Suburbia
A pictorial "féerie" (fairy play) documentary evoking the long-gone landscape of the Prague periphery around Botič. Becoming a model for confrontation with its modern appearance is this unfinished screenplay by director Jiří Lehovec, photographs by Josef Sudek and pictures by Kamil Lhoták.
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Images of Prague Suburbia

Josef Císařovský
Czech Republic / 2019 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Report from Hell
In 1994, Alfréd Wetzler and Rudolf Vrba miraculously escaped from Auschwitz, driven by the conviction that they must inform the world about the horrors being committed at the camp. However, they soon discovered that few people were interested in them, as if nobody wanted to know about the Jewish suffering in the factories of death!

Report from Hell

Ján Novák
Czech Republic / 2016 / 63 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
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