23rd Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
Workshops are a place where viewers can meet with filmmakers and their work, a studio where images can talk, because we can see them, talk about them, and ask about the films.
Ivan Tatíček was among the most prominent figures in the Czech alternative documentary scene in the 1980s. His films are characterized by spontaneity, improvisation and the use of home footage techniques. They authentically depict the atmosphere of life in late-stage socialism, in which they capture a number of personalities of the alternative cultural scene in addition to everyday situations. His films were made under private circumstances, and after private screenings and showings at amateur festivals, they were later completely forgotten about. In a new digitized version prepared by the National Film Archive, they will be presented in a revived premiere with the filmmaker himself an active participant of the screening. The workshop is led by Martin Blažíček Group D, 1982, 27 min Nothing different, 1983, 23 min Metrofilm, 1984, 9 min Home, Sweet Home, 1986, 19 min
Ivan Tatíček: A Chronicle of Late-Stage Socialism
Czech Republic / 110 min.
The works of Miloš Šejn from the 1970s represent an unusual form of landscape film. It is based on a combination of land-art and physical performance, and can be perceived as both lyrical and spontaneous, but at the same time, silenced and concentrated. It uses the camera as an extension of vision and of the body and also as a tool to capture physical contact with nature, often in conjunction with extreme physical experiences. His films testify of his own experience as well as of the role of man in the surrounding ecosystem. With the filmmaker himself acting an active participant in the event, the National Film Archive will present a selection of his newly digitized films, some of which will be screened for the first time.The Workshop is led by Martin Blažíček Through the Maple Mine, 1977, 7 min Mumlava, 1978, 7 min Zívr's Prachov Rocks, 1978, 7 min Journey, 1979, 7 min Ravine, 1979, 23 min Braun's Nativity Scene, 1985, 3 min
Miloš Šejn: Stream, Tree and Stone
Czech Republic / 90 min.
The film deals with events at Masaryk University in Brno during one academic year against the background of annual celebrations of historic events that helped to shape the academy’s present orientation. Through a large number of annual events and rituals with graduation ceremonies as their peak, the film asks questions about the continuity of university traditions and whether they still hold their original meaning: a quest to seek truth in the free world populated by students and professors. The film will be co-screened with Universities and Freedom. A Q&A session with guests is planned after the screening.
Czech Republic / 2019 / 52 min.
Heaven is an emerging feature-length documentary telling a story of 21st century China through an orphanage in a small village in northern China. The orphanage, which was founded and is run by Catholic nuns, formally illegal in China, accommodates over 100 children. All of them suff er from mental or physical disability. While the fi lm addresses, directly and indirectly, some of the biggest topics of modern China: one child policy, human rights, a lack freedom of religion, corruption or deterioration of human values in a communist regime, it is also a story about love
Tomáš Etzler: Heaven
China, Czech Republic / 80 min.
Work in Progress
This documentary film points out new challenges in the inner workings of university education face to face with massification and commercialism influencing both practical and symbolic meanings of education and schooling as such. Talks on these issues are given by a score of personalities, e.g. by sociologist Frank Furedi or linguist Noam Chomsky. The film will be co-screened with Open Fortress. A Q&A session with guests is planned after the screening.
Universities and Freedom
Zuzana Piussi, Vít Janeček
The exhibition Video Day, the first collective presentation of video art in the Czech lands, took place on June 11, 1989 at Julius Fučík Culture and Relaxation Centre (today’s Prague Exhibition Grounds) as part of the annual presentation of the Czech Association of Visual Artists. The exhibition Video Day 1989/2018 was a reconstruction of the original 1989 exhibition which took place on September 4, 2018. Martin Mazanec as the curator came up with an idea of initiating a debate on historical forms of presentation, but also on potential preservation of moving images. The reasons why video art has been up to now avoided by large numbers of institutions and artists may be illustrated within areas representing the clash between socio-cultural and economic circumstances of the origination and existence of individual works of art. Discussion with invited guests will be accompanied by fragments of works by artists exhibiting back in 1989: Věra Geislerová & René Slauka, Václav Hodan, Roman Milerský, 5D studio (Tomáš Kepka, Michal Pacina, Marta Karoliová), Radek Pilař, Pavel Scheufler, Petr Skala, Lucie Svobodová, Ivan Tatíček and Jaroslav Vančát.
Video Day 1989/2018
Czech Republic / 90 min.
Traveler and director Dan Přibáň crisscrosses the world with his crew in yellow trabants and provides fresh information from around the world. His last trip will lead us to China, which will be topis of his workshop. We will talk about absurdities, which look comical for outside observers, but are a harsh reality for ordinary local people.
Yellow Circus versus Red China
Czech Republic / 90 min.