28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Echoes of Ji.hlava IDFF in Warsaw

The 18th International Film Festival Watch Docs in Warsaw will between December 8th and 12th showcase a selection from the Ji.hlava IDFF´s Czech Joy competition section.

Czech Gaze: Echoes of Ji.hlava at Watch Docs will present five films that have strongly resonated with Ji.hlava’s audience in the past three years. The presented film titles look behind the scenes of the 2018 presidential campaign, explore the rise of intolerance towards Islam in the Czech society, the working conditions of the worst paid jobs and the life in the Tel Aviv Central Bus Station, which now serves as a refuge to immigrants and other marginalized groups. The audience will also be offered an insight into the world of autism, which redefines the seemingly firm boundaries between “otherness” and normality.

Selected films

Central Bus Station
dir.: Tomáš Elšík
Czech Republic, 2018, 75 min.
* Special mention in the Czech Joy section / Ji.hlava IDFF 2018


Czech Journal: Czech Allah
dir.: Zuzana Piussi
Czech Republic, 2016, 82 min
* premiered at Ji.hlava IDFF 2016


Czech Journal: The Limits of Work
dir.: Apolena Rychlíková
Czech Republic, 2017, 70 min
* Best Czech Documentary Film & Audience Award at Ji.hlava IDFF 2017


Normal Autistic Film
dir.: Miroslav Janek
Czech Republic, 2016, 90 min
* Best Czech Documentary Film / Ji.hlava IDFF 2016


We Can Do Better
dir.: Radim Procházka, Robin Kvapil
Czech Republic, 2018, 74 min.
* premiered at Ji.hlava IDFF 2018


More information and screening times are available at the Watch Docs website.


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