28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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FAMU Presents

FAMU presents a selection of the most remarkable documentary films made in the 1st year of the Department of Documentary Filmmaking.

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8 and 1 Year of the War
What can a refugee in a foreign country do to help his country win a war? And what must he go through in doing so? In this film, you will walk from Old Town Square in Prague to Wenceslas Square and you will see. Or will you hear?

8 and 1 Year of the War

Dariia Kovalchuk
Czech Republic / 2023 / 4 min.
section: FAMU Presents
World Premiere
Every Knife Has Two Edges
The film follows the preparations for a traditional slaughter. However, as time goes on, it becomes clear that the whole process becomes more of a ritual of knife making.

Every Knife Has Two Edges

Barbora Aradská
Czech Republic / 2023 / 2 min.
section: FAMU Presents
World Premiere
Gutwasser
Gutwasser as a former military retreat and pilgrimage site with healing springs. The story of a place captured in a single house, a single name, a single drop of water.

Gutwasser

Kateřina Konrádová
Czech Republic / 2023 / 10 min.
section: FAMU Presents
World Premiere
If I Ever Want to Learn How to Fall Down
I heard about a man who trains pigeons to fall to the ground. He lets them out of the cage, the pigeons circle high in the sky. Then the man gives the signal and the pigeons start to fall. I was terrified and fascinated by the idea at the same time. I don't understand how it's possible and I'd like to find out. (author's text)

If I Ever Want to Learn How to Fall Down

Hana Slaninová
Czech Republic / 2023 / 7 min.
section: FAMU Presents
World Premiere
Iron Cow
The film depicts the relationship between a farmer and his cattle. The protagonist is Milan Kazda, the mayor of the only energy self-sufficient municipality in the Czech Republic - Kněžice. The second character is his cow, which is constantly hungry and requires attention and care. Since she is a constant burden, she is figuratively an iron cow for the farmer.

Iron Cow

Barbora Aradská
Czech Republic / 2023 / 8 min.
section: FAMU Presents
World Premiere
mines
The difference between a director and a pyrotechnician is that a director can afford to make a lot of mistakes. But the protagonists of the film, who are pyrotechnicians, cannot afford to make even one mistake - because any misstep could be their last.

mines

Dariia Kovalchuk
Ukraine, Czech Republic / 2023 / 5 min.
section: FAMU Presents
World Premiere
Of People and Snow
The world is losing snow every year and people don't want to accept it. The film Of People and Snow is about what we are willing to do so that we don't have to say goodbye to snow yet.

Of People and Snow

Viktorie Aldabagh
Czech Republic / 2023 / 7 min.
section: FAMU Presents
World Premiere
Revenge Is the Answer
The film shows a cleansing ritual in the presence of two shoes and four girls who know that revenge is healthy for people.

Revenge Is the Answer

Viktorie Aldabagh
Czech Republic / 2023 / 2 min.
section: FAMU Presents
World Premiere
super heavy
Using aquatic symbolism and contrasts between film stock, VHS footage and digital film, the author explores the formative function of swimming, its influence on strengthening family bonds and its relationship to the current oppressive reality of war.

super heavy

Anastasiia Bonadyha
Czech Republic / 2023 / 10 min.
section: FAMU Presents
World Premiere
Time to Gather Stones
A report on the constructive power of young volunteers who are rebuilding communities affected by the Russian occupation and bringing hope and faith to those who need it so much in these dark hours.

Time to Gather Stones

Anastasiia Bonadyha
Czech Republic / 2023 / 6 min.
section: FAMU Presents
World Premiere
To Hear to Feel / Почути відчути
What can be done to cover 550 km? Ocean splashes, phone signals and kitchen rituals as a bilingual tale of the search for a love language.

To Hear to Feel / Почути відчути

Kateřina Konrádová
Poland, Czech Republic / 2023 / 10 min.
section: FAMU Presents
World Premiere
We Used to Have a Garden
In this meditative and playful time-lapse documentary, the author observes a gardener and a garden gnome searching for a lost garden in a concrete backyard.

We Used to Have a Garden

Hana Slaninová
Czech Republic / 2023 / 8 min.
section: FAMU Presents
World Premiere
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