28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Cursed Valley

Cursed Valley

director: Štefan Kamenický
original title: Zakliata dolina
country: Czechoslovakia
year: 1966
running time: 12 min.


An uncompromising documentary about remote areas in Eastern Slovakia; it takes aim at society and the state that is unable to guarantee a decent life for all its citizens. In a matter-of-fact way the film depicts poor living conditions and hopelessness for the future: children don’t attend school because they are needed to help in the fields, men leave for seasonal jobs, and alcoholism and even genetic diseases are on the rise.


Štefan Kamenický (1932-2009) began as an assistant director on Štefan Uher’s films. He was interested in social issues; in the early 1960s he still approached them poetically, but later more objectively, even critically. His best known films include Flowers on Silici (1961), and The Promised Land (1968).

more about film

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