28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Those Who Dance in the Dark
Those Who Dance in the Dark
Those Who Dance in the Dark
Those Who Dance in the Dark

Those Who Dance in the Dark

director: Jana Ševčíková
original title: Ti, kteří tancují ve tmě
country: Czech Republic
year: 2022
running time: 77 min.


“Try to describe what it's like to see,” one of the blind actors in Jana Ševčíková's documentary urges the film crew. The same challenge for him is to express how reality is perceived and experienced by a visually impaired person. Ševčíková therefore does not explain the blindness. Using everyday situations as examples, she empathetically and without pathos presents the stories of six people who never stop dreaming, yearning, and searching for ways to be as free in life as the sighted majority. They find sources of energy in work, sports, dance, and relationships. We are also transported into their world by the dimly lit black and white camera and the layered soundtrack.

"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger don't be afraid."


Jana Ševčíková (* 1953) earned her degree in documentary filmmaking from FAMU with her ethnographic essay Piemule (1984). In her film Jakub (1991), she focused on Rusyns living in the Romanian mountains. She has explored the topic of people living in remote areas and difficult conditions in other films that have received awards at film festivals worldwide.

more about film

director: Jana Ševčíková
producer: Jana Ševčíková
photography: Jaromír Kačer
editing: Lucie Haladová
music: Monika Načeva, Alan Vitouš
sound: Michael Míček, Pavel Dvořák
co-producer: Jordi Niubo, Pavel Dvořák
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Creative Europe Media
Česká televize
Český rozhlas