26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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My Street Films

During the eight years of its existence, My Street Films has established itself as a major educational project that encourages interested members of the general public to shoot short films on topics that they consider to be personally relevant. The project’s uniqueness lies in its openness – throughout the year it connects people who are actively involved in their communities with professionals in the media industry. In addition to national competitions for the best film, it holds workshops for selected participants devoted to documentary filmmaking, open seminars for the public, intensive practical workshops, and film screenings accompanied by a lecture and discussion. At the Ji.hlava IDFF online edition, we present all the films from the Czech competitions entered in the My Street Films Awards.

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4AM
About people, about night, about things happening below the surface. A window into the unnoticed events of 4am.(director's text)
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4AM

Erika Hajzoková
Czech Republic / 9 min.
section: My Street Films
Absent Idols
What is the relationship between us and the statues? Are they just motionless objects, or can we feel close to each other? Absent Idols are about my and generational sadness and anxiety, about the persisting patriarchal society, but also about the search for empathy with inanimate beings. (director's text)
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Absent Idols

Lívia Valková
Czech Republic / 5 min.
section: My Street Films
Alternative truth
We focused on the term: Alternative Truth. It is a term that was included in The Urban dictionary in 2017 and is now becoming one of the commonly used, often in the context of the ongoing pandemic. With the expansion of various information channels, human perception, and the subsequent need for our own interpretation of what we consider to be the truth are also expanding. More than before, people ask questions such as: “Is there one truth?“ and “How can one think that?“ Our documentary is built around these questions."   (director's text)
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Alternative truth

Kristýna Pěničková
Czech Republic / 2021 / 8 min.
section: My Street Films
Asphalt of the Countryside
The film captures the relationship between two brothers who share a passion for parkour. But instead of urban obstacles and a gang of friends, they must make do with their immediate surroundings and a playground their parents built in their garden. (director's text)
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Asphalt of the Countryside

Petr Žemla
Czech Republic / 2021 / 9 min.
section: My Street Films
World Premiere
Dead is alive
I know for sure that when I die, I want to be a tree. Probably a maple tree. In short, I want to be here for a while after death, at least in this form. Become nature. It calms me down and makes sense.(director's text)
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Dead is alive

Petra Stěhulová
Czech Republic / 2021 / 8 min.
section: My Street Films
Drill Deeper, My Love
After a year and a half of daily life next door to a construction site, these two separated yet close realities developed into a noisy, one-sided love story.(director's text)
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Drill Deeper, My Love

Ondřej Teplý
Czech Republic / 2021 / 9 min.
section: My Street Films
Find Two Differences
Both my mom and my dad were born identical twins. Who is who, what is "me" and what is "us", and who is better at chess? Find Two Differences is about finding one's self when there's two of you.(director's text)
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Find Two Differences

Viktorie Aldabaghová
Czech Republic / 2021 / 10 min.
section: My Street Films
Homecoming
A short documentary Homecoming is searching for reasons why people move to Prague and continue to stay there. After the experience with a pandemic, we manage almost everything online, from anywhere. So what prevents the newcomers from returning home, to the region where they come from? Among the majority motivations we also find deeper reasons and special possibilities that big cities offer - in this case especially to women. (director's text)
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Homecoming

Veronika Jílková
Czech Republic / 2021 / 8 min.
section: My Street Films
Hungry for Air
Group of skaters, who are trying to find their way in life. (director's text)
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Hungry for Air

Christopher Pauliny
Czech Republic / 2021 / 7 min.
section: My Street Films
CHARON
A short documentary portrait of a man whose profession is still a taboo in society, despite the fact that we rely on him in the most difficult moments of our lives.(director's text)
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CHARON

Oksana Moiseniuk
Czech Republic / 2021 / 9 min.
section: My Street Films
On
Zdeněk and Lenka, two people who are bound by a strong bond, but are genetically incompatible. Two sons who seemed to be an image of their parents and a hope for a happy life. However only until a rare disease appeared in their children. How does a mother full of expectations and a father determined to take care of his family react when they find out that their children have not inherited the color of their eyes, but a fatal illness that predicts them only a few years of life? Is it possible to enjoy the future, dream and plan in such a situation? The film is a show of respect and admiration for people who have not given up, learned to live in the moment and importance of the lives of others. (director's text)
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On

Nikola Balajková
Czech Republic / 2021 / 8 min.
section: My Street Films
Ooh that's okay
This diary-like film shifts the possibilities of v-logs and becomes a personal testimony about living in a world whose problems are too big for just one person. Environmental despair, collective depression, alienation and a cancelled future: “Where to find the energy to pretend that lives in this world are liveable?” The film finds hope in the meaning of everyday life and self-love. (director's text)
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Ooh that's okay

Eliška Plíhalová, Markéta Slaná
Czech Republic / 2021 / 8 min.
section: My Street Films
World Premiere
Our New World
The audio of this film should show people what can happen in a war. While the video might remind you why to get up again, even if we're at the bottom.(director's text)
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Our New World

Abigail Karla Dovala
Czech Republic / 2021 / 9 min.
section: My Street Films
Quirin  Fate in spite of
The documentary deals with the life of my brother Ing. Quirin Jedlička. My brother and I are twins and we were born on January 31, 1953. During the birth, my brother suffered an injured cerebral palsy. The doctors did not give our mother any chance for his next life. He did not walk or sit for three years, etc. Gradually, however, mainly thanks to the huge efforts of our mother, he managed to stabilize his condition and gradually, albeit with considerable delay, learned to do things that his peers had long since mastered. We started elementary school. The situation has changed since the second class. The new teacher wanted to have a "socialist class" and so she proposed to include pupils who differed in some way in an auxiliary school. She succeeded in several cases, but not with my brother. Every year (up to 5th grade), the mother had to bring confirmation from the Children's Hospital that the brother did not look completely socialistically prescribed, but that she was perfectly fine in terms of intelligence, quite the opposite. It was better from sixth to ninth grade. Subsequently, he passed the grammar school exams and graduated in 1972. In the same year, he was accepted to the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at Brno University of Technology. He graduated in 1977. His brother began to devote himself to literary and artistic work. He managed to get a room, which he turned into a studio. There he paints and creates. He organized a total of more than 20 solo exhibitions, participated in many collective exhibitions, and was invited to several domestic and foreign painting symposia. His paintings are mostly abstract, drawing on nature, colorful and generally optimistic. As for literary endeavors, he published a total of 10 poetry collections / Petrov, Větrné mlýny, Šimon Ryšavý /. Ladislav Fuks and Arnošt Goldflam, for example, spoke favorably of his literary work. My brother and I reconstructed an old cottage and my brother often stays there. He did not get married and now pays his care to our mother, with whom he lives in Brno. So in summary, initially without a chance, in the end a life lived and filled with work and creation. (director's text)
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Quirin Fate in spite of

Petr Jedlička
Czech Republic / 9 min.
section: My Street Films
Testing Sirens
I have got the urge to scream. It came out of nowhere. All my thoughts at that moment were directed to control myself and not really start yelling. I told myself: don't shout. I resisted and I remained silent. But that feeling, that inner tension, stayed inside me. I started looking for a place where it would be possible - to shout safely and also freely. I found sirens.(director's text)
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Testing Sirens

Hana Slaninová
Czech Republic / 2021 / 10 min.
section: My Street Films
The Connection
A raw and delicate look at the absence of a relationship between the filmmaker and her mother. Working with an analogy between her mother’s job as a tram driver and amateur radio operator, the filmmaker explores missing connections and their possible trajectories. (director's text)
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The Connection

Marie Sieberová
Czech Republic / 2021 / 9 min.
section: My Street Films
World Premiere
The Last Swallow
I believe that saying goodbye is important, because saying goodbye also includes hope for a reunion. Ritual. Promise. Not goodbye, but see you.(director's text)
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The Last Swallow

Veronika Onheiserová
Czech Republic / 2021 / 4 min.
section: My Street Films
through the city
Audiovisual work about the river edge and its surroundings in an environment modified by humans - a city. An impuls for the film was the story of river Ponávka which had been led to underground sewer-like pipes in order to prevent floods which were a result of previous dry out of ponds and straightening of its flow. Field records and samples are layered, deformed and supplemented by electronic melodies with an attempt to achieve imaginative and non-antropomorphic perception of the imaginary narrator: the river edge.(director's text)
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through the city

Michaela Kozáková
Czech Republic / 2021 / 6 min.
section: My Street Films
WOMEN – A documentary about the Status of Women in the Society
The filmmaker presents her research in the field of the sexual harassment of women, bringing together the voices of multiple women in an original manner, with individual testimony becoming collective experience. She does not accuse but tries to encourage woman and men to engage in deeper reflection. (director's text)
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WOMEN – A documentary about the Status of Women in the Society

Kateřina Wiecková
Czech Republic / 2021 / 9 min.
section: My Street Films
World Premiere
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