28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
Štefan Pongo and his family left the Czech Republic for Britain to escape racial stereotypes and discrimination. To have a normal life. And they did—that is, until he decided to respond on the internet to the racist rhetoric of Czech President Miloš Zeman. The truck driver’s fate then took a major turn. The sensitively conceived personal and family portrait is a film-argument that juxtaposes simplistic, chauvinistic assessments with a full-blooded picture in which race issues are more of a problem to be solved than a lived reality. It tells the story of a journey there and back, across countries, beliefs, and our conscience.
“I was wondering how the Roma who had emigrated to the UK were doing, so I went there and tracked down a trucker named Štefan Pongo and his big, wonderful family.”
biographyTomáš Kratochvíl (* 1983) often focuses on the life of the Romani minority and their interactions with the ethnic majority. In Jihlava, we have already seen his films Czechs against Czechs (2015) and Czech Journal: Dormitory (2015), which he made with Ivana Mariposa Čonková.
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