28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Water and work

Water and work

director: Martin Slivka
original title: Voda a práca
country: Czechoslovakia
year: 1963
running time: 9 min.


The directorial debut by a pioneer of ethnographic film is a survey of technical monuments utilizing water drives as their source of power. A look back into the world of yesterday using a suggestive montage of images and music composed by Ilja Zeljenka based on the electronically preserved sounds of water engines.


Martin Slivka (1929-2002) studied documentary filmmaking with Professor Karl Plicka at FAMU (1955), then ethnography and folklore at Charles University in Prague (1963). His best known films include Icons (1966) and A Man Departs (1968) and the television series Children of the Wind (1990). He studied folklore and folk theater as a theorist.

more about film

director: Martin Slivka
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Creative Europe Media
Česká televize
Český rozhlas