28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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director: Ai Weiwei
original title: Vivos
country: Germany, Mexico
year: 2020
running time: 112 min.


At the end of September 2014, a group of students from the Ayotzinapa School of Education was brutally attacked by the police and masked assailants while passing through the city of Iguala. Six people were killed and another forty-three are missing after being abducted. Since then, their relatives have been living in uncertainty, unsuccessfully asking government authorities for the truth. In their minds, the victims are still alive. By alternating meditative, lyrical images and intimate interviews with the survivors, Ai Weiwei builds a complex, overly empathetic account of the tragedy caused by the repressive practices of a corrupt state where justice is almost impossible to obtain.


„The film is not an investigative documentary. It puts aside the facts uncovered by investigations into the case, paying more attention to how human survival is maintained under such circumstances. How does an ordinary family, after losing a loved one, face this society? How do they face themselves in their domestic lives? They must confront a reality they are unprepared for, which is the need to demand justice from the government and society.“ A. Weiwei


Ai Weiwei (1957) is an award-winning Chinese contemporary artist, filmmaker, and civil activist. He studied animation at the Beijing Film Academy and, after studying in New York, founded the avant-garde art group Beijing East Village in China and worked on several significant art, literary and architectural projects. After four years spent under house arrest, he moved to Berlin in 2015, where he opened his own studio. In his work, he uses a wide range of media from sculpture to film to social media.

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director: Ai Weiwei
producer: Ai Weiwei
photography: Ernesto Pardo, Carlos Rossini, Bruno Santamaría Razo, Yan Ma, Ai Weiwei
sound design: Henrik Garnov
co-producer: Daniela Alatorre, Ai Weiwei
skladatel: Jens Bjørnkjær
Ministerstvo kultury
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