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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Don't give up: Butterflies above the abbys
Don't give up: Butterflies above the abbys
Don't give up: Butterflies above the abbys
Don't give up: Butterflies above the abbys
Don't give up: Butterflies above the abbys
Don't give up: Butterflies above the abbys
Don't give up: Butterflies above the abbys

Don't give up: Butterflies above the abbys

director: Eva Lammelová
original title: Nedej se: Motýli nad propastí
country: Czech Republic
year: 2019
running time: 26 min.

synopsis

Just as we are experiencing the unification of culture and society, so is nature. We are experiencing the greatest ecological collapse of species in recorded history. Birds and plants are disappearing, but perhaps the ones experiencing the greatest decline are butterflies. These insects are so delicate that even the smallest change in the environment can affect their populations. As a result of fields being consolidated and traditional farming becoming abandoned, this once common species has begun to appear much less frequently in the countryside to the point where they’ve become literally stranded on small “islands”. For some species, it has gotten so bad that we can find the “last of the Mohicans” on just one hill. What do butterflies need to survive and what should their habitat look like? 

more about film

director: Eva Lammelová
producer: Petr Kubica
script: Eva Lammelová
photography: Františka Chlumská
editing: Miloš Málek
sound: Vojtěch Zavadil, René Sládek, Michal Janoušek

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Don’t Be Angry, Ukraine

Radim Špaček
Czech Republic / 2015 / 63 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Neptune
This black-and-white film combines re-enactments with original footage from Operation Neptune, one of the Czechoslovak secret police’s first attempts at media manipulation, during which a group of reporters comes across secret Nazi documents at the bottom of a lake. The film’s focus, however, is on the struggle between a skeptical journalist and a high-ranking police official, and the failed attempt at revealing the state-sponsored disinformation.

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Adéla Babanová
Czech Republic / 2018 / 38 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
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Jiří Trnka: A Long Lost Friend

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section: Czech Television Documentaries
I Haven’t Smoke My Last Cigar Yet
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I Haven’t Smoke My Last Cigar Yet

Šárka Maixnerová
Czech Republic / 2017 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Around and Around: Distance Journeys
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Around and Around: Distance Journeys

Evženie Brabcová, Hedvika Hansalová, Filip Mergental, Adéla Špaljová
Czech Republic / 2016 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Our Countryside: Bedřichovice Upon Thames
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Our Countryside: Bedřichovice Upon Thames

Jan Gogola ml.
Czech Republic / 2015 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
The Arch of Lights and Shadows
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The Arch of Lights and Shadows

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Czech Republic / 2018 / 90 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Parents Forever: The Strias
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Parents Forever: The Strias

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section: Czech Television Documentaries
Czech Journal: In the Child’s Best Interests
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Czech Journal: In the Child’s Best Interests

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Czech Republic / 2016 / 64 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Doomed Beauty
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Doomed Beauty

Helena Třeštíková, Jakub Hejna
Czech Republic / 2016 / 90 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Don’t Give Up: Biomass Forever!
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Don’t Give Up: Biomass Forever!

Ivo Bystřičan
Czech Republic / 2017 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
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