28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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First of May
First of May
First of May
First of May
First of May
First of May
First of May

First of May

director: Petr Smělík
original title: První máj
country: Czech Republic
year: 2023
running time: 55 min.


The documentary First of May explores the more than a century-long evolution of the celebration and the meaning of this day. The structure is composed of memories, newspaper excerpts, testimonies found in archives, etc. - all these passages are brought to life by the actors' voices, taking on the roles of journalists, factory workers, policemen, workers and ordinary people who watch May Day, sometimes with interest and verve, sometimes with distance or irony.


He graduated from the Zlín Film School. His experience ranges from original documentaries to TV shows to TV feature films. The series Enclosed World won the 2018 Czech Joy Award at the Ji.hlava IDFF. He is currently finishing a documentary Chasing The Wada Dream about blockchain education in Africa.

more about film

director: Petr Smělík
producer: Dušan Mulíček
script: Romana Smělíková, Petr Smělík
photography: Petr Hlavatý
editing: Petr Smělík
sound: Peter Švorc
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Creative Europe Media
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Česká televize
Český rozhlas