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23rd 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. 

more about film

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

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
In Mosul
Shock therapy through front-line reporting. Documentary filmmaker Jana Andert spent eight months with an elite unit of the Iraqi army on the front lines of the battle for Mosul, which was occupied by Islamic State fighters from 2014 to June 2017. A fearless report from a city in ruins, robbed of its soul by one of the greatest catastrophes of our times.
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In Mosul

Jana Andert
Czech Republic / 2018 / 70 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Intolerance: The Chill
Where do xenophobic attitudes in society come from, and why have they been on the rise in the Czech society? Documentary filmmaker Apolena Rychlíková tries to find an answer in Brno, where the country’s neo-Nazis have come together on 1 May 2015 for a Europe-wide neo-Nazi and fascist event they are calling “For a Pure Europe.”

Intolerance: The Chill

Apolena Rychlíková
Czech Republic / 2015 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
The Family of Alois Rašín
Alois and Ladislav Rašín, who paid for their lives for their patriotic endeavors, did not get the recognition they deserved, and after the communist takeover in 1948 their names were erased from memory. Their forgotten lives are now recalled in a historical docudrama featuring Alois Rašín’s great-granddaughter Karolina Breitenmoser. 
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The Family of Alois Rašín

Jiří Svoboda
Czech Republic / 2018 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
International Premiere
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.
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Czechs Save… Sea Turtles in Borneo

Zdeněk Suchý
Czech Republic / 2017 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
International Premiere
Parents Forever: The Strias
Míla and Kamil could not have their own children so they decided to adopt. Eventually, they have adopted or fostered 8 children. Their daughter Petra who suffers from autism faces problems that are trying for the whole family. The 6-part documentary series chronicles six different pathways where parents meet with abandoned and wounded children who come from care centres and children’s homes to live with them temporarily.

Parents Forever: The Strias

Olga Špátová
Czech Republic / 2017 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
When Love Turns to Hatred
They all wish to lead an ordinary life. What happened after the wedding was beyond their imagination. This documentary tells a story of five women who were psychologically and physically abused by their partner/husband and found the strength to talk about their horrifying experience.

When Love Turns to Hatred

Romuald Štěpán Rob
Czech Republic / 2017 / 47 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Trabant – From Australia to Bangkok
Traveler and explorer Dan Přibáň and his unconventional team set out on their most demanding trek to date, which takes them across Australia, East Timor, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. The crews of the yellow two-stroke cars spend half a year testing their abilities, interpersonal skills, and friendships under extreme conditions.

Trabant – From Australia to Bangkok

Dan Přibáň
Czech Republic, Slovakia / 2016 / 96 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
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, Martin Kubala
Czech Republic / 2016 / 90 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Růža
The life story of jockey Martina Růžičková is full of loss, pain, and obstacles, but she also managed to face up to adversity with newfound strength and resolve. How does she live today, did she succeed in entering the Great Pardubice Steeplechase at age 50, and what surprises did she experience thanks to Folie d’Ocean, the mare bought for her by famous Finnish racecar driver Mika Häkkinen?

Růža

David Bonaventura
Czech Republic / 2014 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Girl Power
Leave your mark. Write your name. Be seen. Quickly disappear. Find an escape. To travel the world, go against stereotypes, be a women, do graffiti, don’t let yourself get caught. An autobiographical film about the life of Sana and other women graffiti artists from fifteen cities throughout the world who live a dangerous life risking all for their controversial passion – graffiti.

Girl Power

Jan Zajíček, Sany
Czech Republic / 2016 / 92 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Pavel Brázda – Art Among People
The work of Pavel Brázda is characterized by perfect craftsmanship, a distinctive sense of the grotesque, and dark humor. Besides being marked by a simplicity of form and diversity of colors, many of his recent works are created as digital prints. This portrait of a distinctive Czech artistic personality looks at his relationship to pop-art, and was shot to mark the artist’s 90th birthday. 

Pavel Brázda – Art Among People

Lucie Klímová
Czech Republic / 2016 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
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