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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 Give Up: The Landscape within the Landscape
Humans are the only living beings that consciously destroy the environment and landscape in which they live. Perhaps it is because we are incapable of nurturing our inner landscape, which we also often consciously destroy. The inner and outer landscapes are communicating vessels that reflect one another, and yoga can be one way of cultivating them.

Don’t Give Up: The Landscape within the Landscape

Eva Lammelová
Czech Republic / 2016 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
The Third Human Torch
Not many people know that the self-immolations of Jan Palach and Jan Zajíc were followed by the same tragic act of protest committed by Evžen Plocek in the early April of 1969 in Jihlava. What was the meaning of his deed back then and what can we see in it today? A documentary about the meaning of human sacrifice and about the incident that was long kept secret by the communists and still remains largely undiscussed.

The Third Human Torch

Martin Řezníček
Czech Republic / 2017 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Let Misik Sing!
Rock legend Vladimír Mišík has his own little planet. It was discovered in 1995 by Czech astronomers from Kleť Observatory who named it in Mišík’s honour. And it is mostly on this very planet that Jitka Němcová’s new documentary about Vladimír Mišík and his beautiful songs takes place, reminiscing on all the weird things that happened in his life and recounting a rather thrilling search.

Let Misik Sing!

Jitka Němcová
Czech Republic / 2017 / 100 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Terezín gravediggers
This documentary film depicts the events of the Lidice tragedy in the practically unknown story of 30 Terezin prisoners. Until now, the story of Lidice has been recalled mainly through the testimonies of Lidice women, who returned to a plundered and burned home after the Second World War. The murder of Lidice men seemed to have ended their story once and for all. The women had remained silent since that horrific night when their husbands were shot and placed in a mass grave, and would only recall the lives of their husbands through mourning.
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Terezín gravediggers

Olga Strusková
Czech Republic / 2019 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
World Premiere
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
Tremble by Petr Zuska
The path of Petr Zuska to grand dance and choreography led from the Prague Chamber Ballet, the ballet ensemble of the National Theatre, the Bayerisches Staatsballett in Munich and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens to the post of the head of the National Theatre Ballet where he spent the last 15 years. This documentary maps his work during his last year as the head of the National Theatre Ballet.

Tremble by Petr Zuska

Martin Kubala
Czech Republic / 2017 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
The Russian Job
Lada, once the largest and best manufacturer of automobiles in the Soviet Union, is today a financial disaster. In comes a seasoned Swedish manager with the job of bringing back the company’s golden era. At a meeting in the town of Tolyatti, deep in the heart of Russia, everyone comes with their own vision of the future that they do not want to compromise. The Russian Job is the story of great plans and even greater absurdity.

The Russian Job

Petr Horký
Czech Republic / 2017 / 64 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
The Second Republic
The Second Republic was relatively short-lived. But those few months were one of the most dramatic and important periods in our history. In 1938 in Munich, all the ideals and values on which Czechoslovakia had been built came crumbling down. Czech society ceased to believe in democracy and began to admire authoritarian fascist governments. At the same time, hundreds of thousands of refugees fled the occupied Sudetenland for what remained of the country, but nobody wanted to take them in. The media was subjected to censorship, and an aggressive strain of anti-Semitism appeared among the Czech population. And on top of it all, there were further territorial demands by Germany, Poland, and Hungary, and separatist tendencies in Slovakia.

The Second Republic

Aleš Koudela
Czech Republic / 2018 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
International Premiere
Don’t Give Up: Every Bike Has Two Souls
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Don’t Give Up: Every Bike Has Two Souls

Martin Homan
Czech Republic / 2018 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
30 Days in the Life of a Czech Warden
After the successful and Ji.hlava MFDF Award-winning docuseries, Enclosed World, director Karel Žalud returns to prison once again. This time, he follows the story of Dan Lauf, a young warden working in a small prison in Teplice who leaves his pregnant wife for 30 days to help out at the large prison in Stráž pod Ralskem. His personal story shows not only the prison environment and the specific demands of Lauf's profession, but also the problems of the current Czech prison system.
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30 Days in the Life of a Czech Warden

Karel Žalud
Czech Republic / 2019 / 58 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.

Czechs Save… Sea Turtles in Borneo

Zdeněk Suchý
Czech Republic / 2017 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
International Premiere
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.

Neptune

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Czech Republic / 2018 / 38 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
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