27th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Reconstruction of Occupation
Reconstruction of Occupation
Reconstruction of Occupation
Reconstruction of Occupation

Reconstruction of Occupation

director: Jan Šikl
original title: Rekonstrukce okupace
country: Czech Republic, Slovakia
year: 2021
running time: 95 min.


Documentary filmmaker Jan Šikl has been searching for and collecting private film archives for many years; the faded and washed-out life stories of families… the celluloid echoes of both celebratory and everyday moments… It was through this fascination some time ago that he came across several hours of footage that captured the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia in August 1968. These unique, yet presumably never-before-seen shots led the director on a chase to find the very people that were depicted in them. Memories of specific events spring to life, and what starts out as an investigation gradually turns into a reflection of how a historical moment has imprinted itself into us all. Reconstruction of Occupation is a film about the experience of a threshold matter and the distinct form of social memory.


Jan Šikl (1957) has been collecting both amateur and family archives all his life, such as the TV series Private Century, which was awarded the Czech Joy Award at Ji.hlava IDFF, the Trilobit Award, the Elsa Award, and the Pavel Koutecký Award.

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director: Jan Šikl
producer: Alice Tabery
script: Jan Šíkl
photography: Adam Ol´ha
editing: Šimon Špidla
music: Jan Šikl ml.
sound: Martin Stýblo
koproducent: Alena Müllerová, Petr Kubica, Zuzana Mistríková, Roman Genský, Ľubica Orechovská
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