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24th 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

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