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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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The Scientific-Technical Revolution and the Future of Socialism in Educational Films of the Sixties

original title: Vědeckotechnická revoluce a budoucnost socialismu v naučných filmech 60. let
running time: 120 min.

synopsis

Civilization at the Crossroads: The Scientific-Technical Revolution and the Future of Socialism in Educational Films of the Sixties

The screening is a precursor to the exhibition The Self-Awareness of Science: The Scientific-Technical Revolution and the Limits of Emancipation, which will open in December 2018 at Prague’s Display and FUTURA galleries. The exhibition will look at the activities in the 1960s of an interdisciplinary research team led by philosopher Radovan Richta that was expected to present a vision for “the new Czechoslovak model of socialism.” The advent of cybernetics and automatization was expected to help create a more humane socialist society in which people would be liberated from manual labor and from preexisting ideological authorities and predefined roles. The exhibition, which is being prepared by a team of historians, curators, and artists, tries to find the fine line between the liberating potential of science and technology and their use for maintaining and cementing technocratic power or authoritarian regimes. Its aim is to reconstruct the interdisciplinary dialogue of the 1960s, which has recently taken on new meaning, in particular in relation to the subjects of automatization, a society without work, or climate change.

 

The screening is part of the project “Shape the Future! The Concept of the Science-Technical Revolution,” organized as part of the program “Strategies AV21: Europe and the State: Between Barbarism and Civilization” (Czech Academy of Sciences, 2018)

 

biography

Machines and People 
Czechoslovakia 1960, 14 minutes

 

idea, written and directed by: Rudolf Obdržálek; camera: Jan Matoušek; editing:

Milada Sádková; expert consultant: František Kuta

 

One of Rudolf Obdržálek’s popular science films on the subject of automation introduces us to the work of machines and shows that automatization is not just a technical matter, but that it has political, social, and economic implications as well.

 

Six Urgent Arguments

part 1, The Lost Eden 

 

part 4, The Need for Play 

 

Czechoslovakia 1967, 32 + 30 minutes

 

written and directed by: Josef Kořán; camera: Vladimír Lorenc; editing: Marie

Křížková; music: Ilja Hurník; expert consultants: Jan Bolina, Jindřich Filipec

 

The six-part documentary series showing Radovan Richta and his team as they work on the study “Civilization at the Crossroads” was shot by the Studio of Documentary Film on commission for the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences. Richta and his colleagues discuss the role of people in the era of the scientific-technical revolution.

 

 

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Home
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Home

Adéla Kudlová
Czech Republic / 2017 / 2 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Images of the Outer World
Happines. Sadness. A man. Life. A computer programme generates dozens of password images per second. The cell phone records the outside world into short clips. Their visual collage is accompanied by a voice-over – an interview of the director with a chatbot in an experimental documentary co-created by computer technology.
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Images of the Outer World

Martin Janoušek
Czech Republic / 2019 / 4 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
De Potentia Dei
Potentia dei is a notion difficult to translate, but possible to explain. The same goes for a film essay by Ondřej Vavrečka, with signs and information, their interpretation and secrets as its main theme. The collage-like film uses sharp audiovisual contrasts to make people think.

De Potentia Dei

Ondřej Vavrečka
Czech Republic / 2016 / 66 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Operation Urban Warrior
Anthony Bird is a war veteran who was the sole survivor of a military operation in his unit. His memories are as surreal as the animation which simulates the course of the incident in the form of a computer game. Everything looks flat but we must trust our own sensees which tell us that in reality, the world isn't flat.
personal program

Operation Urban Warrior

Dávid Lipkovič
Czech Republic / 2019 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Traffic
A bustling scene somewhere between documentary, abstraction, and animation, based on a static view of the intersection of Adam Mickiewicz and Józef Piłsudski Streets in Warsaw, is transformed into an audiovisual jumble of noises, shapes, colors, and movement, among which we see pedestrians, cars, and public transport vehicles.

Traffic

Zbyšek Semelka
Poland, Czech Republic / 2017 / 52 sec.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Buffer Zone Blues
The almost hallucinogenic whirlwind of virtual views of potential targets of a nuclear attack in a “buffer zone” shows the viewer an unpleasant proximity of total destruction, which threatened Czechoslovakia in the 1950s. The visuality of the film, reminiscent of direction finding, was created using the data from Google Maps.

Buffer Zone Blues

Franz Milec
Czech Republic / 2018 / 9 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
European Premiere
Extraction
A metaphorical reflection on social exclusion using the participation method reveals the relationship between young Ukrainian Elizaveta and her mother, a dentist. A gritty analogy of an extracted tooth, social essentials, and spiritual purity play out on the screen as a conflict of alienating details and an intimate tableau of family life.

Extraction

Kateřina Hroníková
Slovakia / 2018 / 7 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
puddles, I don’t know
Dry ground, gravel, cracks in the asphalt, a look into a microscope, and a weather map as parts of an associative string based on the theme of waiting for the rain. The visual poem shows the soil in close-ups, adding new visual and semantic layers. 

puddles, I don’t know

Anna Petruželová
Czech Republic / 2018 / 10 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Feeling My Own Body
Personal reflections by a woman with a distorted image of herself. The twin voiceover presents the stream of negative as well as comforting thoughts that run through the head of a women suffering from bulimia. The film thus reveals the changing nature and uncertainty of personal experience, while also exploring parts of the naked figure to share her beautiful yet despised body.

Feeling My Own Body

Šárka Holečková
Czech Republic / 2017 / 3 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Below the Black Sun
Short postdigital meteorological film poem about black sun and its light, mostly composed of manipulated found footage materials combined with original music. The main storyline is derived from the remixed section of the 1967 film Above the Horizon by American meteorological company.

Below the Black Sun

Kilián Kuděla
Czech Republic / 2018 / 6 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Dog Days
imperfect media image can make you give in to emotional illusions. The combination of animation and stable shots of the forest ground is accompanied by the author’s comment on the absurdity of the situation presented.

Dog Days

Martina Holá
Czech Republic / 2018 / 7 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Night of the Hunter
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Night of the Hunter

Jiří Žák
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section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
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