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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Don’t Give Up: The Dark Bush

Don’t Give Up: The Dark Bush

director: Michal Varga
original title: Nedej se: Temná buš
country: Czech Republic
year: 2016
running time: 26 min.

synopsis

A documentary film about trying to save an antelope species known as the giant eland. For more than 15 years, a team from the Czech Republic has been fighting to ensure its survival. Why do efforts at saving exotic animals often come from Westerners and not from those who share the same environment as the endangered species?

more about film

director: Michal Varga
producer: Lenka Poláková
photography: Jakub Jelen
editing: Ilona Malá
sound: Petr Pokorný

other films in the section

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
Don’t Give Up: Biomass Forever!
Energetically sustainable communities are unique and far between in our corner of the world. The standard situation is that the biggest chunk of money from municipal budgets reserved to pay for gas and electricity, goes to energy giants and monopolies, and other options are not even considered.

Don’t Give Up: Biomass Forever!

Ivo Bystřičan
Czech Republic / 2017 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Balkan rocks with Adam Ondra
This six-episode climbing travelogue follows the world's best sports climber as he breaks records. Adam Ondra not only chooses both known and unknown locations in the former Yugoslavia countries, but also travels to Romania, Greece and Albania. He meets with the local walls and climbers who help him identify the most extreme and previously unexplored rocky paths.
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Balkan rocks with Adam Ondra

Petr Horký
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
Children of the Full Moon
They are driven by forces we are unable to control. No one knows what they actually experience or why they are so much affected by the Moon. They live among us, entrenched in their everyday hell on earth – families and children with severe autism. This form of autism is called low-functional. It is one of the most demanding and worst manageable health impairments. Those who suffer from the disorder have great difficulties to become part of our society. The documentary portrays four families with children of various ages and their situation.

Children of the Full Moon

Veronika Stehlíková
Czech Republic / 2017 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Czech Journal: Okamura Brothers
A cinematic portrait of three siblings and a society that unites and divides many in a similar fashion as Hayata, Osamu and Tomia. The intertwining of the often-conflicting visions of the three brothers with the history of their family and the attitudes of the other protagonists of the film is a concrete testimony to how the political situation is influenced by personal and social experiences. The film, thus, not only suggests why we are in today's political constellation, but it also reports on the state of contemporary social opinion, both in relation to their authorities and their citizens.
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Czech Journal: Okamura Brothers

Filip Remunda
Czech Republic / 2019 / 85 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Ticket to the Moon
Five years before Neil Armstrong first set foot on the Moon, Pan Am began selling tickets to the Moon. At the time, space fever had engulfed the whole world, including Ronald Reagan. A total of 100,000 people signed up for the "First Moon Flights" Club. What were their motivations to leave Earth and what were they hoping to find? Along with the protagonists from various parts of the world (USA, Austria, Czech Republic), the film reflects on the expectations surrounding commercial flights to the Moon. 
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Ticket to the Moon

Veronika Janatková
Czech Republic, Germany / 2019 / 68 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Another chance
A true story about the unlikely love of a middle-aged woman from a middle-class family and a scam artist. The risk of death and hope in the form of a newborn child enter into their relationship from the least probable direction. Another chance is a perceptive psychological portrayal of a woman, her partner, and other loved ones, and at the same time a riveting testimony to the struggle for life and its meaning.
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Another chance

Eva Tomanová
Czech Republic / 2019 / 75 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Ida’s Mission
A look at the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra’s incredible tour of Romany settlements in eastern Slovakia and its collaboration with Ida Kelarová, the Čhavorenge ensemble, and local Romany children who had ten days to learn the songs that they performed on stage with members of the philharmonic.

Ida’s Mission

Tomáš Kudrna
Czech Republic, Slovakia / 2016 / 67 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Forman vs. Forman
This film is a portrayal of one of the leading Czech directors, Miloš Forman. Forman, a creator and filmmaker behind the Oscar-winning film, Amadeus, and Flying Over the Cuckoo's Nest, an adventurous man with great charisma who's not afraid to doubt himself. This documentary by directors Helena Třeštíková and Jakub Hejna summarizes Forman's life journey where both fame and the wounds of fate collide with personal discovery and uncertainty. It is a collage of often unseen, private and official archives, as well as an autobiographical recollection spoken by the director's son, Petr Forman.
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Forman vs. Forman

Helena Třeštíková, Jakub Hejna
Czech Republic / 2019 / 78 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
The People’s Militia
A look at a forgotten chapter in modern Czech history. The “armed fist of the working class,” formed from various factory guard units on the instigation of the Czechoslovak Communist Party, began operating under the guidance of the Central Union Committee in May 1945. After the communist takeover in 1948, the People’s Militia was sent upon orders of the Communist Party to “defend” the borders or to act against students, farmers, the church, demonstrators protesting the currency reform. Their actions against anti-regime gatherings in 1969 resulted in several deaths. They also acted brutally during the demonstrations in Prague in 1988 and 1989.

The People’s Militia

Jan Rousek
Czech Republic / 2018 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
International Premiere
Cervena
The private life and the career of Soňa Červená were affected by stormy history of the 20th century and its two monstrous totalitarian systems: Nazism and Communism. The documentary looks back at the milestones of her journey, using reflections and historical evidence. Červená talks openly about the difficulties encountered throughout her life. The feature documentary about a world famous opera singer and actress was directed by Olga Sommerová.

Cervena

Olga Sommerová
Czech Republic, Slovakia / 2017 / 83 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
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