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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Don’t Give Up: In the Thrall of the Woods

Don’t Give Up: In the Thrall of the Woods

director: Tomáš Netočný
original title: Nedej se: V zajetí lesů
country: Czech Republic
year: 2018
running time: 26 min.

synopsis

The current, widespread bark beetle infestation shows clearly that the spruce monoculture in the Czech landscape is a great problem. And yet, spruces are being replanted in places where forests should never be. The illegal planting of forests is a trend that people involved in environmental protection have been observing for several years now. Owners of land classified as meadows and pastureland are planting woodlands, primarily spruce, in defiance of the law, thus driving out endangered species of plants and animals, changing the traditional character of the landscape, and making it less attractive for visitors. 

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director: Tomáš Netočný
producer: Lenka Poláková
script: Tomáš Netočný
photography: David Rojíček
editing: Tomáš Pchálek
sound: Ondřej Černý, Milan Sýkora

other films in the section

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
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
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
Don’t Give Up: How to Find Zero
An increasing number of people dream of an ideal life with a minimal environmental footprint. But what would such a life look like, and is it even possible to live such a life in modern civilization? Mira Ahimsa has been trying for nine years. He lives without money or modern amenities. He doesn’t cut his hair, beard, or fingernails, and doesn’t even start fires.

Don’t Give Up: How to Find Zero

Ivo Bystřičan
Czech Republic / 2016 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
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
Czechs Save… Antelopes in Senegal
The largest antelope in the world, the giant eland, lives in the Senegalese savannah and is on the verge of extinction. Its numbers hover somewhere around the last two hundred individuals. A team led by engineer Karolína Brandlová has managed something unprecedented: At the Bandia Reservation just a few kilometers from the country’s capital, they have succeeded – through careful breeding and with the help of Senegalese preservationists and the operators of a local safari – to turn a group of just six antelopes into a herd numbering several dozen animals. The second episode of a documentary series hosted by Dan Bárta about endangered animals throughout the world.

Czechs Save… Antelopes in Senegal

Zdeněk Suchý
Czech Republic / 2017 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
International Premiere
Resmay Is a Guardian Angel
A story of a poor girl Jarka from Cambodia who could not write and read at 12 years of age and lived in degrading conditions. She had to work hard, taking care of her siblings, suffering from hunger and often even physical abuse. But then someone appeared in her life – Tamara, a Czech woman, who was visited in her dreams by her dead cousin and asked to take care of his daughter born in Cambodia and so far kept secret.

Resmay Is a Guardian Angel

Markéta Nešlehová
Czech Republic / 2017 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Infiltration: The Health Business
After fifteen years, Czech Television has filmed a sequel to its successful documentary cycle Infiltration. This time around, the filmmakers focused on psychosomatic medicine in the Czech Republic. Unhappy with the quality of medical care and with doctors’ lack of empathy and time, many patients have turned to “alternative” treatments. But if “alternative” treatment is offered by academically certified doctors and psychologists, are they just as responsible for their actions in non-medical facilities as they are in regular doctors’ offices and hospitals? The documentary uncovers the scandalous medical practices at one Prague facility, shot over the course of one year using a hidden camera.

Infiltration: The Health Business

Šárka Maixnerová
Czech Republic / 2018 / 62 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Stepec
A documentary portrayal of tennis player Radek Štěpánek takes a look at his determination during tennis matches and offers an insight into the private life of this fascinating sports figure. The time-lapse documentary includes comments of his friends, e.g. Petr Čech, Pavel Nedvěd and Jaromír Jágr.

Stepec

Jana Škopková
Czech Republic / 2015 / 65 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
Doomed Beauty
The life of Lída Baarová possesses all the features of a Greek tragedy. Beauty, love, fame, betrayal, rejection, punishment, escape, loss of home, and finally reconciliation at a wise old age. And all this is accompanied by the dramatic political events of the 20th century, which touched everyone, all the more so this women of exceptional beauty, ambition, and fame.

Doomed Beauty

Helena Třeštíková, Jakub Hejna
Czech Republic / 2016 / 90 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Don't give up: Butterflies above the abbys
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? 
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Don't give up: Butterflies above the abbys

Eva Lammelová
Czech Republic / 2019 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
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