25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
Echoes: live program
Thursday, March 11
● All of the films included in the programme of the Echoes are available. ► Featured films and other program.
● Official opening of the Echoes with Radiograph of a Family as an opening film and its Iranian director Firouzeh Khosrovani (in English).
● Opening film Radiograph of a Family is available for streaming.
● Q&A with Firouzeh Khosrovani, Iranian director of the film Radiograph of a Family (in English).
Friday, March 13
● Panel discussion with directors of films included in the selection Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz and moderator Andrea Slováková. ► Live stream HERE (in Czech only).
Monday, March 15
● REVIVING EUROPEAN CINEMA. Panel discussion which will take place during the East Doc Platform. ► Live stream HERE. (in English) ► event on
Critics say that European film production is losing its spirit and it is a fact that European cinema lags behind America in terms of global box office revenues. A concern arises that Europe will become a colony of powerful streaming platforms. How to revive European cinema and what are the ways to address the viewers? What is it that makes European films different and authentic? Four up-and-coming producers from different parts of Europe – all alumni of the acclaimed EMERGING PRODUCERS programme – will share their experience and take part in the discussion which will take place during the East Doc Platform and streamed as part of Ji.hlava’s Echoes in Brussels, Paris and New York.
With Anamaria Antoci (Tangaj Production, RO), Jasmina Sijercic (Bocalupo Films, FR), Radim Procházka (Produkce Radim Procházka, CZ), Pedro Fernandes Duarte (Primeira Idade, PT) and moderator Marek Hovorka (festival director, Ji.hlava IDFF, CZ)
Wednesday, March 17
● News from the Czech documentary scene. ► Live stream HERE (in English). ► event on
What are the specifics of Czech and Belgian filmmaking? Four leading Czech documentarians will discuss their approaches, film education, festival strategies and funding possibilities with Belgian film professionals.
Livia Tinca (program manager of the Millennium Festival), Tom Van Herzele (professor of film schools in Brussels RITCS), Alice Tabery (Traces of a Landscape), Filip Remunda (Once Upon a Time in Poland), Adam Ol'ha (Alchemical Furnace), and Jindřich Andrš (A New Shift) discuss Czech and Belgian documentary scene. Moderated by Romanian producer and director living in Brussels Irina Malcea. The debate is organized in cooperation with the Czech Center in Brussels as part of Echoes of Ji.hlava in Belgium.
Thursday, March 18
● Q&A with Ai Weiwei. ► Live stream HERE.
The laureate of the Contribution to World Cinema Award at the 24th of Jihlava, the tireless Chinese dissident-artist Ai Weiwei, will present his most recent film – Cockroach – as part of the Echoes of Ji.hlava. After the Mexican abductions (Vivos), the Wu-han pandemic (Coronation), this time Ai Weiwei focused on the recent mass protests in Hong Kong and uses the footage of demonstrators to narrate the final moments of an independent, democratic Hong Kong. You can discuss Ai Wei-wei 's artistic work, his new film Cockroach, or his stands on politics and society together with the Ji.hlava IDFF director Marek Hovorka during an online discussion.
Thursday, March 25
8.00 pm (3.00 pm EST)
● DISCUSSION: Echoes of European Documentary Film ► Free on Zoom, registration required. Register HERE. ► stream on
Join our discussion with three European filmmakers with different experiences, in different places in their careers, as they discuss their films featured in the Echoes of Jihlava in New York and so much more, with a special focus on American context. What was the reception of their films and their experience with American festivals, distributors, and audiences? Is reaching America a priority for them and what advice do they have for other filmmakers? Do they have any tips for American fans of European documentary cinema?
The discussion with Adam Ol’ha of Alchemical Furnace, Hubert Sauper of Epicentro, and Pedro Fernandes Duarte of Ghosts: Long Way Home will be moderated by Summre Garber, a documentary filmmaker and film festival programmer based in Los Angeles.