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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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A New World in Donbass
A New World in Donbass

A New World in Donbass

director: Zdeněk Chaloupka
original title: Nový svět na Donbase
country: Czech Republic
year: 2017
running time: 26 min.

synopsis

A few years ago, Michal Kody Kislicki left for Ukraine to search for his true self. Soon after his arrival he decided to help in the war-torn region of Donbass where he set up NGO Chuť pomáhat. Finally, he found much more than he had expected – the meaning of life, faith in God and his wife Ksushu.

more about film

director: Zdeněk Chaloupka
producer: Patrick Diviš
script: Zdeněk Chaloupka
photography: Zdeněk Chaloupka
editing: Matěj Beran
sound: Miroslav Chaloupka, Ondřej Kopřiva

other films in the section

Czech Journal: In the Child’s Best Interests
This film compares the fates of two newborns, whose parents either could not or did not want to care for them. Whilst one is placed into a temporary guardian’s care immediately after birth, the other is sent to a residential care home for infants. The documentary explores the system in place for handling unwanted newborns. At the same time, it also raises several controversial issues.

Czech Journal: In the Child’s Best Interests

Linda Kallistová Jablonská
Czech Republic / 2016 / 64 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Zátopek
Nicknamed “the Czech Locomotive,” Emil Zátopek held 18 world records and is best known for winning the 5 km, 10 km and marathon races at the Olympic Games in Helsinki. David Ondříček brings his grand successes back to life through interviews with his family, friends, and former competitors.

Zátopek

David Ondříček
Czech Republic / 2016 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Don’t Give Up: Every Bike Has Two Souls
The Bikes for Africa charitable project has been operating in the Czech Republic since 2012. Its mission is to offer African children a way of getting to school. The project is founded on the principles of giving, volunteerism, cooperation, and people’s personal initiative. One interesting paradox is the fact that the project involves people from the margins of society (prisoners, homeless people), who recieve a “second chance,” thus giving the project not only a humanitarian, but also an environmental dimension involving the “ecology of the soul.” The film shows all these aspects of the project, set against the journey of one particular bicycle donated by a Czech girl to her Gambian peer. 

Don’t Give Up: Every Bike Has Two Souls

Martin Homan
Czech Republic / 2018 / 26 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
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
Jakub Hrůša versus Leoš Janáček’s The Makropulos Affair
At age 36, Jakub Hrůša was awarded the Sir Charles Mackerras Prize for his contribution to presenting the work of Leoš Janáček – just a few meters from the place in Brno where the great composer wrote the score to The Makropulos Affair. Exactly one month after receiving the award, Hrůša makes his debut with the Vienna State Opera for a new production of the opera. A documentary about one of the most difficult tasks in the young conductor’s career.

Jakub Hrůša versus Leoš Janáček’s The Makropulos Affair

Olga Špátová
Czech Republic / 2015 / 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
Don’t Give Up: In the Thrall of the Woods
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. 

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

Tomáš Netočný
Czech Republic / 2018 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Czech Miracles: The Alps Belong to the Czechs
Zdarsky’s ski binding, skiing style, a bivouac sack, a mountain in the Antarctic, a chalet in the Alps, a museum, several street names – this is the list of things and places that bear the name of Mathias Zdarsky, a native of Třebíč and a founder of Alpine skiing. Thanks to him the magic of snow covered slopes enchanted first crowds from Vienna and later skiing enthusiasts from all over the world.

Czech Miracles: The Alps Belong to the Czechs

Petra Všelichová
Czech Republic / 2016 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Until Faith Do Us Part
Is it possible to share your life with someone who has a different faith than you? What are the pitfalls of such a relationship, and how can it be enriching? A new series about people who show that differences don’t have to be divisive. Festival audiences will see the third episode of the series.

Until Faith Do Us Part

Josef Fišer, Bedřich Jetelina, Petr Kotrla, Michaela Rozbrojová
Czech Republic / 2015 / 67 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
Courage
Documentary filmmaker Pavel Štingl engaged in a three-year dialogue with sculptor Jaroslav Róna as he worked on one of the world’s largest bronze sculptures. The film also offers a chance to get to know an exceptional artistic individual and a member of the Hard-Heads art group.

Courage

Pavel Štingl
Czech Republic / 2014 / 70 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
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