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23rd 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.

 

 

other films in the section

Sequence
A melancholic metaphor depicts transportation links and the logistical construction of a futuristic view of a dark, sterile environment. Fluorescent machines and vehicles that serve man live their own lives until their last moment, when they fall into pieces of the material from which they were constructed.
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Sequence

Jakub Korselt
Czech Republic / 2018 / 1 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World 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.
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Extraction

Kateřina Hroníková
Slovakia / 2018 / 7 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.
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Dog Days

Martina Holá
Czech Republic / 2018 / 7 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Solar Projection
Technology as a silent witness to the permanent movement of celestial bodies... The light installation visualizes the arrival and departure of daylight as contemplation and a dramatic process. By condensing one day into a few minutes, it thematizes the passage of time and the cyclicity of natural processes.
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Solar Projection

Jakub Rajnoch
Czech Republic / 2018 / 15 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Not Shown
Blinking icons, pop-up windows, a blaring alarm clock, and the blipping of unread messages are normal parts of our everyday lives. The creator turns her back on the endless stream of information and attempts to escape from the world of modern communication technologies for at least five minutes to devote some attention to herself.
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Not Shown

Markéta Petříčková
Czech Republic / 2018 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Apart
In her short, emotional film about life after the loss of a loved one, the author enthrallingly deals with a difficult topic, using techniques of both feature and animated film. Real experiences of the narrators, accompanied by an animated reconstruction of the painful situation, create a mournful insight into the thoughts of three young people untimely exposed to death.
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Apart

Diana Cam Van Nguyen
Czech Republic / 2018 / 10 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
How to Stop Watching a Video That Never Ends
A film essay based on the conflict between decorative shots from a bird’s eye perspective and three mechanical, linearly-connected monologues dissects the subconsciousness of an individual saturated with a multitude of differing choices, opinions, and possibilities in the numbers-driven age of digital media.
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How to Stop Watching a Video That Never Ends

Jan Martinec
Taiwan, China, Czech Republic / 2018 / 8 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
A state of mind: Free fall
Stairs leading from nowhere to nowhere, narrow shafts, bridges, ladders from which we fall in our dreams. A string of raster photographs depicting different places imitates a course of dreaming, making the subconscious look real. Frightfully unfamiliar images from the archives of collective memory sneak into the most inward corners of our existence.
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A state of mind: Free fall

Andrea Sobotková
Czech Republic / 2018 / 2 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
The Weather of Time
A metaphorical weather forecast portrays human emotions and sentiments in confrontation with contemporary social debates. The lightly satirical tone of the tv moderator’s presentation accompanies a video collage featuring a central motif of the Earth in which Africa is shrouded by clouds of existential questions and a spiritual crisis front threatens Europe.
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The Weather of Time

Adéla Součková
Czech Republic / 2018 / 7 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
This Kind of Spring Has Never Been Yet
This personal essay relates the perception of space to the mental universe of screenwriter and director Pavel Juráček who found his “truly ideal place” in the town of Příbram. The sensitive combination of journal entries, intimate notes, and film fragments tries to break down conventional storytelling techniques to build an original world of timeless thinking.
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This Kind of Spring Has Never Been Yet

Tereza Kozáková
Czech Republic / 2018 / 21 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Below the Black Sun
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Below the Black Sun

Kilián Kuděla
Czech Republic / 2018 / 6 min.
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.
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Buffer Zone Blues

Franz Milec
Czech Republic / 2018 / 9 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
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