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26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Leaving Beginnings Behind
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Leaving Beginnings Behind

director: Linda Kallistová Jablonská
original title: Opouštět Počátky
country: Czech Republic
year: 2021
running time: 97 min.

synopsis

In her most recent film, Linda Kallistová Jablonská observes three girls growing up in a residential facility in Počátky, Czech Republic, over the course of ten years. She explores their dreams about liberty, the reality they must face as well as their ideas about their own future families. The sequel to her first longitudinal documentary about Adéla, Denisa and Pavla captures the rocky road to independence after leaving the facility, their reconciliation with the past, job search, new relationships, small joys and big disappointments. Not only does the director draw an empathic portrait of three young girls with no-one to rely on but themselves; she also explores the ways in which public institutions form young people’s attitudes to life.


“I have just finished a film mapping ten years in the lives of three girls who had grown up in an institutional care facility. The girls face various struggles, and I wanted to know why. I looked into how the first years of one’s life actually form the person, and I’ve come to realize that institutional care strongly affects the whole life of a person who has grown up in it.“ (Linda Kallistová Jablonská)

 

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biography

Linda Kallistová Jablonská (1979) graduated from the Department of Documentary Film of the Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU). She authored a wide range of film and TV documentaries focusing on travel and social issues, including Mothers (2013), a popular cycle about parenthood, Welcome to North Korea! (2008), a film about her visit to North Korea, or The Beginnings (2014), a film about three girls growing up in institutional care.

more about film

director: Linda Kallistová Jablonská
producer: Jana Brožková, Zdeněk Holý, Dušan Mulíček
photography: David Cysař
editing: Jakub Hejna
music: Marek Doubrava
sound: Petr Šoltys
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