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23rd Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Don’t Give Up: Every Bike Has Two Souls
Don’t Give Up: Every Bike Has Two Souls

Don’t Give Up: Every Bike Has Two Souls

director: Martin Homan
original title: Nedej se: Každé kolo má dvě duše
country: Czech Republic
year: 2018
running time: 26 min.

synopsis

The Bikes for Africa charitable project has been operating in the Czech Republic since 2012. Its mission is to offer African children a way of getting to school. The project is founded on the principles of giving, volunteerism, cooperation, and people’s personal initiative. One interesting paradox is the fact that the project involves people from the margins of society (prisoners, homeless people), who recieve a “second chance,” thus giving the project not only a humanitarian, but also an environmental dimension involving the “ecology of the soul.” The film shows all these aspects of the project, set against the journey of one particular bicycle donated by a Czech girl to her Gambian peer. 

more about film

director: Martin Homan
producer: Lenka Poláková
script: Martin Homan
photography: Martin Homan
editing: Martin Homan
sound: Milan Sýkora, Martin Homan

other films in the section

Courage
Documentary filmmaker Pavel Štingl engaged in a three-year dialogue with sculptor Jaroslav Róna as he worked on one of the world’s largest bronze sculptures. The film also offers a chance to get to know an exceptional artistic individual and a member of the Hard-Heads art group.

Courage

Pavel Štingl
Czech Republic / 2014 / 70 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.
personal program

Czechs Save… Sea Turtles in Borneo

Zdeněk Suchý
Czech Republic / 2017 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
International Premiere
Trabant – From Australia to Bangkok
Traveler and explorer Dan Přibáň and his unconventional team set out on their most demanding trek to date, which takes them across Australia, East Timor, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. The crews of the yellow two-stroke cars spend half a year testing their abilities, interpersonal skills, and friendships under extreme conditions.

Trabant – From Australia to Bangkok

Dan Přibáň
Czech Republic, Slovakia / 2016 / 96 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.
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That Moment: Classmates Among the Tanks

Zdeněk Tyc
Czech Republic / 2018 / 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
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
Children Online
Three stories about the youngest generation of “digital natives” for whom the Internet became an endless source of entertainment and communication as well as of new dangers. Most today’s children can use a computer or a mobile phone before they learn to tie shoelaces and ride a bicycle. New generations of children who spent much more time in a virtual world than on a playground are growing up all over the world.

Children Online

Kateřina Hager
Czech Republic / 2017 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
The Trial - The State Of Russia vs. Oleg Sentsov
Being a civic activist, Ukrainian film director and screenwriter of Russian origins Oleg Sencov openly spoke up against the annexation of Crimea. Subsequently, he was arrested by the Russian Security Service and accused, among other crimes, of planning terrorist attacks. The evidence produced and the development of the trial made many doubt his guilt and caused a number of international protests. The current Russia and a chilling probe into the way how its legal system operates.

The Trial - The State Of Russia vs. Oleg Sentsov

Askold Kurov
Czech Republic, Poland, Estonia / 2017 / 70 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Czech Journal: A Theory of Equality
Issues related to gender equality in the Czech society are discussed on many levels, with much stronger intensity and on a much larger scale than what was previously imaginable. Helped by growing media coverage, several recently founded associations and organizations try to raise awareness towards such issues among general public. These groups are often rejected by our society, much more often than politicians with their controversial statements. The documentary tries to stir the still waters of stereotypical attitudes through the “parades” of the male and female members of feminist groups.

Czech Journal: A Theory of Equality

Barbora Chalupová
Czech Republic / 2017 / 63 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

Jaroslav Brabec
Czech Republic / 2017 / 26 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.
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Infiltration: The Health Business

Šárka Maixnerová
Czech Republic / 2018 / 62 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Don’t Be Angry, Ukraine
Why does Russia lay claim to part of Ukraine and why do Ukrainians feel themselves to be the heirs of medieval Russia? The film does not address the current political situation in Ukraine, but tries to explain subjects about which many Czechs know very little: the historical and religious roots of the current conflict. The film was inspired by the award-winning and widely discussed book by literary historian M. C. Putna Scenes from the Cultural History of Russian Religiosity.

Don’t Be Angry, Ukraine

Radim Špaček
Czech Republic / 2015 / 63 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
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