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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Don't give up: Climatic prisoners
Don't give up: Climatic prisoners
Don't give up: Climatic prisoners
Don't give up: Climatic prisoners
Don't give up: Climatic prisoners
Don't give up: Climatic prisoners
Don't give up: Climatic prisoners

Don't give up: Climatic prisoners

director: Martin Marek
original title: Nedej se: Klimatičtí vězni
country: Czech Republic
year: 2019
running time: 26 min.

synopsis

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?

more about film

director: Martin Marek
producer: Petr Kubica
script: Martin Marek
editing: Zdeněk Smrčka
sound: Josef Hofman, Lena Zikmundová

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