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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Stories of 20th Century - Frontier Guards
Stories of 20th Century - Frontier Guards
Stories of 20th Century - Frontier Guards
Stories of 20th Century - Frontier Guards
Stories of 20th Century - Frontier Guards
Stories of 20th Century - Frontier Guards
Stories of 20th Century - Frontier Guards

Stories of 20th Century - Frontier Guards

director: Radim Špaček
original title: Příběhy 20. století II - Pohraničníci
country: Czech Republic
year: 2019
running time: 26 min.

synopsis

In December 1989, the "Iron Curtain" that separated the Soviet Bloc from the Western world fell. Cutting the wires from the previously impenetrable borders is probably the most memorable symbol of the continent’s newly acquired freedom. But how did the former Border Patrol Officers see the events at the time? Their main task was not to patrol the borders against dangers from the outside world, but rather to hunt down citizens from Czechoslovakia and other countries of the Soviet Bloc who were trying to escape into the democratic world.  

more about film

director: Radim Špaček
producer: Martina Šantavá
script: Adam Drda
photography: Martin Šesták, Robert Portel, Jan Vlnas
editing: Adam Patyk
sound: Adam Levý

other films in the section

Trabant: There and Back Again
The great journey around the world comes to an end! Dan Přibáň leads the yellow Trabants on their final cross-continental voyage in style as the yellow circus heads home from India. They cross the Himalayas, breaks altitude records and flees from the police. Even though the going gets tough on more than one occasion, the international Czech-Slovak-Polish crew fights against all the odds with black humor and self-irony.
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Trabant: There and Back Again

Dan Přibáň
Czech Republic / 2019 / 114 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Images of Prague Suburbia
A pictorial "féerie" (fairy play) documentary evoking the long-gone landscape of the Prague periphery around Botič. Becoming a model for confrontation with its modern appearance is this unfinished screenplay by director Jiří Lehovec, photographs by Josef Sudek and pictures by Kamil Lhoták.
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Images of Prague Suburbia

Josef Císařovský
Czech Republic / 2019 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
The Arch of Lights and Shadows
They met on a Friday and got married on the Sunday.  They had to run away from home to flee from their parents' fury, so they went on a honeymoon to the cannibals. There, they lost their illusions, their camera and nearly their lives as well.  Where others would've given up, American filmmakers Martin and Osa Johnson risked their lives to narrate an account of a vanishing wilderness. Their story is an authentic imprint of times when filming Africa was more dangerous than all the local predators and malaria. Their work fascinated the public including Ernest Hemingway, Charlie Chaplin and the British Royal Family. However, our era has forgotten them...

The Arch of Lights and Shadows

Jan Svatoš
Czech Republic / 2018 / 90 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
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
A New World in Donbass
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.

A New World in Donbass

Zdeněk Chaloupka
Czech Republic / 2017 / 26 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
Bye Bye Children's Home
They have spent nearly their entire childhood growing up in institutions. They have no home and no family, no idea where they will leave or how they will earn a living. Lukáš wants to be a famous hip-hopper, Simona is planning to get a sex-change operation, and Jarda would like to have a big family. This longitudinal documentary follows the lives of three young people as they leave the children’s home where they have been living, and try to go it alone.

Bye Bye Children's Home

Hana Ludvíková - Muchová
Czech Republic / 2017 / 92 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
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
The Russian Job
Lada, once the largest and best manufacturer of automobiles in the Soviet Union, is today a financial disaster. In comes a seasoned Swedish manager with the job of bringing back the company’s golden era. At a meeting in the town of Tolyatti, deep in the heart of Russia, everyone comes with their own vision of the future that they do not want to compromise. The Russian Job is the story of great plans and even greater absurdity.

The Russian Job

Petr Horký
Czech Republic / 2017 / 64 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
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
Orbis Artis: Pasta Oner
Director, cinematographer and photographer Jaroslav Brabec has been mapping the domestic art scene for many years, as evidenced by his photobook Orbis Artis. Based on the book, Czech Television commissioned a documentary series of the same name, introducing Czech artists whose work we should respect and be familiar with.

Orbis Artis: Pasta Oner

Jaroslav Brabec
Czech Republic / 2017 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
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