27th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Paradise on Earth
Paradise on Earth
Paradise on Earth
Paradise on Earth
Paradise on Earth

Paradise on Earth

director: Jaro Vojtek
original title: Raj na zemi
country: Slovakia
year: 2019
running time: 78 min.


Andrej Bán is a journalist and photographer who reports from areas in crises around the world, the likes of which include Kosovo, Georgia, Afghanistan, Ukraine and Haiti, where he constantly travels back and forth. A director of his decided to accompany him with a camera, and their intimate conversations intertwine throughout the film, revealing the reporter's internal professional and personal struggles. The documentary follows Andrej in cities destroyed by war or in refugee camps, during which it becomes clear that he's interested in a deeper look inside the causes of the confl icts as well as the oppressive situations their victims find themselves in.

“People forgotten by people. With photographer, publicist, and friend Andrej Bán we discover stories of people, who were forced to leave their homes.” J. Vojtek


Slovak documentary filmmaker Jaro Vojtek (1968) graduated from the Film and Television Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. His debut, My zdes (2005), was screened in the documentary competition at the Karlovy Vary IFF and won many other awards. In 2009, he won the award for Best Eastern European Documentary Film for his film Border.

more about film

director: Jaro Vojtek
cast: Andrej Bán
producer: Zora Jaurová, Mátyás Prikler
script: Marek Leščák, Jaro Vojtek
photography: Jaro Vojtek
editing: Peter Harum ASFS
music: Michal Nejtek
sound: Richard Fűlek
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