24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
Universities and Freedom
synopsisThis documentary film points out new challenges in the inner workings of university education face to face with massification and commercialism influencing both practical and symbolic meanings of education and schooling as such. Talks on these issues are given by a score of personalities, e.g. by sociologist Frank Furedi or linguist Noam Chomsky. The film will be co-screened with Open Fortress. A Q&A session with guests is planned after the screening.
biographyDocumentary filmmakers Vít Janeček (1970) and Zuzana Piussi (1971) are, among others, the authors of the documentary film Peasant Common Sense (2018) revealing methods of Czech PM Andrej Babiš in his agricultural business activities along with their impacts on the country’s landscape.
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|director:||Zuzana Piussi, Vít Janeček|
other films in the section
He drew antennae onto politicians‘ posters and underneath he wrote they are liars, thieves, and corrupt whores. One of his colleagues – also a bus driver – turned him in. The judge in his trial was the wife of one of the defamed politicians. He destroyed private property! He paid 15,000 crowns in damages, but refused any additional punishment. “I have nothing to atone for!” Roman Smetana called out in court. He got 100 days. For the filmmakers, it was not enough to merely document his story – they bought spray paint and hit the streets... (Directors Cut is one episode of the Czech Journal, a new Czech Television documentary series, portraying life of Czech society in 2012. Airing in January, 2013)
Czech Journal. Free Smetana!
Filip Remunda, Vít Klusák
Czech Republic / 2012 / 30 min.
Knihovna Václava HavlaKateřinská 18 | 120 00 Praha 2Tel.: +420 222 220 112Fax: +420 222 212 firstname.lastname@example.org
WORKSHOP Václav Havel
Czech Republic / 120 min.
Chinese novelist, playwright, and literary critic Gao Xingjian will personally introduce not only his literary work but also his films. Gao will introduce his two finished films: Silhouette/Shadow (2003) a subtle, poetic portrait of an artist-loner intertwined by scenes from Gao’s theatre plays. His second film, Apres le déluge/After the Flood (2008) named after his famous exhibition presented worldwide is a silent fresco interaction between ink and six dancers. After the screening Gao will read from his book Soul Mountain for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2000.
WORKSHOP Gao Xingjian
We most commonly see Normalization era in Czechoslovakia – the time of social and political repression following the country’s invasion by Warsaw Pact troops in 1968 – through documentaries about dissidents or from old television series. But the dilemmas posed by the totalitarian regime affected everybody. The 16-part series Stories of the 20th Century explores various people’s (students, journalists, miners, secret police collaborators, soldiers, rank-and-file Party members, homosexuals, and many others) responses to the pressure they received not only from the government apparatus but also from those around them. ---Three films from the series will be presented by their writers and directors. Tři filmy představí a debatu o nich povedou režiséři a scenáristé cyklu.
Stories of the 20th Century
Preparations for a concert by the Plastic People and Aktual in the village of Suchá by Nejdek. The film records the arrival of the band members, moving the equipment, and setting up the stage, but not the concert itself, which took place in absolute darkness and is seen on the film only as a brief shot of someone breathing fire – one of the many pyrotechnical effects that were a part of the Plastics’ concerts. It is a momentary homage to fire-breather, stage technician, and later the drummer for DG 307, Vladimír Vyšín.
Suchá nearby Nejdek
Czechoslovakia / 1972 / 3 min.
The millions of victims of the totalitarian USSR in 1917-1960 included 25,000 Czechs and other Czechoslovak citizens, who are the subject of the 3-part documentary Czechoslovaks in the Gulag – a joint project of Czech TV and the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes. The makers will reveal what preceded the documentary: a journey to the abandoned Siberian camps (part of a Gulag.cz project), and years of research, primarily in Ukrainian archives. In addition to excerpts, the filmmakers will show other ways the topic is presented, e.g., the Gulag Online Museum.---The Workshop is led by: Štěpán Černoušek, Marta Nováková---Čechoslováci v GulaguArt Design: Anna KrtičkováDramaturgy: Lucie Králová Topic: Štěpán Černoušek
Czechoslovaks in the Gulag
This workshop will focus on capturing human movement as a form of expression that is equal to spoken and written expression. We will be especially interested in both the spontaneous and the planned use of hands as language, including the unique characteristics of the cinematic recording of the hand’s rhythm and movement. Workshop participants will watch two documentaries: In the Land of the Deaf (dir. Nicolas Philibert, 1993) and Dancing Dreams (dir. Anne Linsel and Rainer Hoffmann, 2010). The first of these (by the director of To Be and to Have) enters the world of deaf-mutes; the second off ers a look at dance rehearsals at Pina Bausch’s Kontakthof with a group of young non-professional dancers.
WORKSHOP American Culture in Contemporary Documentary Cinema
This visually refined film about the casting of bells is also a meditative portrayal of rhythm and time, physical matter, and the possibilities of narrative film. It is a conscious continuation of the legacy left by Jiří Lehovec.
Casting of Time
Czechoslovakia / 1970 / 9 min.
This graduate project film uses zoom shots delving deep into the landscape to bring images of a smoking chimney and large mining wheel excavators. This portrayal of objects embedded in a landscape gradually being taken over by the army is a colorful visual poem presenting in-depth views of the life of passive nature, which is in sharp contrasting with iconic symbols of civilization.
Czechoslovakia / 1965 / 8 min.
How did people with a different sexual orientation live before the Velvet Revolution? Did they have to hide their true identity? Did they suffer legal prosecution? Former member of the Czechoslovak women’s table tennis team Jana Kociánová, government official František Bloudek, and FAMU graduate Libuše Jarcovjáková (author of a unique series of photographs from Prague’s legendary T-Club) tell their stories.
Stories of the 20th Century: Branded for Life
Czech Republic / 2016 / 26 min.
Artists: Zbyněk Baladrán, Daniela Baráčková, Filip Cenek, Vladimír Houdek, Barbora Kleinhamplová, Tomáš Moravec, Lucia Sceranková, Jan Šerých, Roman Štětina Curator: Karina Kottová A selection of films, video-essays and videos in a curatorial concept of Karina Kottová (Jindřich Chalupecký Society) stems from an attempt to systematically merge the approaches of visual artists and the possibilities of presenting their moving image works, which are usually displayed in a gallery setting, in a form of a linear film screening. The connecting motif of the selected works is a certain type of geometry or structural grid, which becomes the holder of a narrative: in some cases a completely abstract one, or even lyrical, in other times engaged, touching upon systems we live in, the question of work, everyday concerns as well as their possible alternatives. The selection itself has its own rhythm; the individual works create the storyline through diverse combinations of text, image, sound and motion. The selected artists have previously been finalists or winners of the Jindřich Chalupecký Award. works: Tomáš Moravec, Otázka líbivosti pláště / Question of Superficial Affection, 3'51'', 2012 Zbyněk Baladrán, Teorie práce / Theory of Work, 13'19'', 2007 Roman Štětina, Studio č. 2 (Klapka) / Studio no. 2 (Slapstick), 4'32'', 2013 Barbora Kleinhamplová, MPEG Girl, 8'31'', 2016 Filip Cenek, Bez názvu (Cesta mlhou) / Untitled (Traveling through Fog), záznam z instalace / installation documentation, 4'09'', 2010–2013 Vladimír Houdek ve spolupráci s Hanou Polanskou Turečkovou / In collaboration with Hana Polanská Turečková, Kanoucí šíře / The Trickling Expanse, 18'4'', 2014 Daniela Baráčková, Macocha, 0'40'', 2013 Jan Šerých, Paramnesia, 6'39'', 2009 Lucia Sceranková, Cucurrucucu, 4'28'', 2009
This filmed survey of second-year students of the Documentary Department explores the conflicts that arise when a woman wants to study, possibly even set out along an academic career path, but at the same time longs to properly care for her family and children. The scenes portray the efforts of the female students, and their off-screen statements are interspersed with a contemporary commentary.
Czechoslovakia / 1966 / 7 min.