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25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Rendez-vous with a Soft Islamophobe

Rendez-vous with a Soft Islamophobe

director: Aysel Akhundova
original title: Rendez-vous with a Soft Islamophobe
country: Czech Republic
year: 2017
running time: 9 min.

synopsis

Martin Konvička is a scandalous figure in the Czech media. After reading an internet article in which his performance on Wenceslas Square was featured, Aysel coming from a Muslim background, was curious about facing a person who propagates an anti-Muslim agenda and wanted to try to understand his motives.

biography

Aysel Akhundova, from Baku, Azerbaijan, graduated from the Academy Preparation Program in directing fiction at FAMU Prague, Czech Republic. Aysel is on the organizing board of DokuBaku, the first International Documentary Film Festival in Azerbaijan.

more about film

director: Aysel Akhundova
producer: Aysel Akhundova, Pavlína Adlerová

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