28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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My Street Films

Over the ten years of its existence, My Street Films has established itself as a vital educational project that inspires members of the general public to make a short film to speak out about issues they feel are important. The uniqueness of the project lies in its openness - it connects the community of people who are actively involved in their city with professionals from the media industry all year round. In addition to the national competition for the best film, it organises workshops on documentary filmmaking for selected candidates, open seminars for the public, a programme for schools and film screenings combined with a lecture or discussion. In the online edition of Ji.hlava IDFF we will present all the films from this year's My Street Films Award competition.

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Barcelona Doors
There are many doors in Barcelona, Spain. It’s up to you which ones you enter. This film will be featured in the online edition of Ji.hlava IDFF.

Barcelona Doors

Vojtěch Leischner
Czech Republic / 2023 / 1 min.
section: My Street Films
World Premiere
Break a Leg!
This film is a mother-daughter collaboration. It captures the feelings, problems and the world of a child with learning difficulties that pigeonhole her into a category of students who need an individualized education plan (IEP). How to deal with the school system when you have a pixie inside your head?This film will be featured in the online edition of Ji.hlava IDFF.

Break a Leg!

Karolína Vrtalová, Lucie Vrtalová
Czech Republic / 2023 / 11 min.
section: My Street Films
World Premiere
Brno-Railings
At the bus stop where the author lives, the railings are added every time she is not looking. In many ways, the absurd space of the bus stop offers her a space to explore the metaphor carried by graffiti, muttering salinas and pixels in different shades of grey. “Brno-Railings is a carefully controlled fumbling through one’s soul. With its surgical precision, this pastel-hued audiovisual piece shows that the exploration of one’s mind and of urban infrastructure can encompass one and the same spacetime.” – the expert jury of the My Street Films Award 2023 (Viola Ježková, Tereza Tara, Martin Horyna)

Brno-Railings

Lucie Pozníková
Czech Republic / 2023 / 9 min.
section: My Street Films
World Premiere
Community
What does it look like at home in a small international community? What is the biggest challenge of their coexistence? And how long will they stay together? Community captures the life of four adults and two children who decided to live under one roof. This film will be featured in the online edition of Ji.hlava IDFF.

Community

Lucie Galatíková
Czech Republic / 2023 / 10 min.
section: My Street Films
World Premiere
Crimea
On February 25, 2022, Antonina Romana and her partner joined the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Before the full-scale Russian invasion to Ukraine, she lived a life as a director, performer and actress. The film Crimea follows her personal journey of resistance to Russian occupation policies.“This striking movie shines a spotlight on the value of resistance, protection of culture and love between two individuals despite their country’s official stance.” – student jury of My Street Films Award 2023

Crimea

Kateryna Khramtsova
Czech Republic / 2023 / 9 min.
section: My Street Films
World Premiere
Dialogues from Poti
The short film Dialogues from Poti depicts one summer in the Georgian port city of Poti. Are you familiar with the world of thieves? Watch out for stray dogs on the streets. And much more! Many scary rumors are going around in Poti… This film will be featured in the online edition of Ji.hlava IDFF.

Dialogues from Poti

Nika Datiashvili
Czech Republic / 2023 / 11 min.
section: My Street Films
World Premiere
Grandmother Anička
Grandmother Anička is a short documentary film that captures the life of an elderly lady who attempted to cope with the loss of her husband through overdose. The film follows Anička as she gradually recovers and finds the strength to move forward. This film will be featured in the online edition of Ji.hlava IDFF.

Grandmother Anička

Natálie Hanělová
Czech Republic / 2023 / 3 min.
section: My Street Films
World Premiere
Great Girls
Great Girls take care of those who are unable to look after themselves. Thanks to these women, people from the villages of Šumava can stay at home instead of moving to hospices or care homes. A film about women who do care work as a job despite the difficult conditions on the Czech periphery. The needs they provide include not only daily hygiene, food and cleaning, but also the willingness to listen to or help those who are dying.This film will be featured in the online edition of Ji.hlava IDFF.

Great Girls

Jaroslava Tomanová
2023 / 12 min.
section: My Street Films
World Premiere
Hell Bad Trip Heaven
A bad trip is a very unpleasant experience induced by psychedelics that often resembles being in hell. The outcome is not necessarily traumatic. Integrating the event may have a positive psychological impact of getting closer to the essence of being. The protagonist tells the story of a bad trip experienced at the Bufo Alvarius ceremony that brings up the question of whether the journey to an imaginary heaven, inner peace and self-acceptance may lead through the very hell she went through.This film will be featured in the online edition of Ji.hlava IDFF.

Hell Bad Trip Heaven

Anna Rotreklová
Czech Republic / 2023 / 8 min.
section: My Street Films
World Premiere
In Between
You are worth as many people as the languages you speak. What if I speak two languages and was even introduced to two cultures from birth? Am I truly worth more people? This documentary movie delves into the part of identity given from birth for most people. Having two choices places me in between... rather than fully in either culture. “In Between stands out for its richly refined film language. Cinematically complex, this is a visually and rhythmically strong reflection on the experiences of people who are stuck in limbo, in the precarious space between two cultures.” – the expert jury of My Street Films Award 2023 (Viola Ježková, Tereza Tara, Martin Horyna)

In Between

Bao Long Lý
Czech Republic / 2023 / 5 min.
section: My Street Films
World Premiere
In One World, United
Due to the increased reactivity of their nervous system, highly sensitive people are more receptive to sensory and emotional stimuli. Because of a generally low awareness of this trait, they often don’t understand themselves. This documentary movie shows the world through the eyes of two highly sensitive women who focus on this issue in their research. It follows their personal and professional search for a balanced attitude towards high sensitivity and the best ways to thrive in one shared world.This film will be featured in the online edition of Ji.hlava IDFF.

In One World, United

Klára Maliňáková, Marta Sýkorová
Czech Republic / 2023 / 10 min.
section: My Street Films
World Premiere
In the Dark
I’ve been piecing my life back together for a few years now. Why am I doing this? Because I realized I can’t live like this anymore. I can’t keep pretending that it didn’t happen. I often wonder why I went through all this and this answer comes to mind – to tell my story and maybe help someone. Who knows. (the author’s text)“We applaud In the Dark for its courage to expose pain which is then transformed through the creative process. Its compelling story has a powerful and devastating impact.” – the expert jury of the My Street Films Award 2023 (Viola Ježková, Tereza Tara, Martin Horyna)

In the Dark

Aneta J.
Czech Republic / 2023 / 10 min.
section: My Street Films
World Premiere
Invasion
Suburbanization as an impending doom. The place of a stagnating building site veiled in liminal atmosphere that invoked more than nostalgic memories. This visually stylized documentary is a personal lament on the transformation of one important place that remained unchanged for a very long time. Fascination is shifting into hopelessness and vice versa. Meanwhile, the first residents are settling in. This film will be featured in the online edition of Ji.hlava IDFF.

Invasion

Veronika Poslední
Czech Republic / 2023 / 6 min.
section: My Street Films
Love You More
This short film captures the mother’s point of view on transition and on the childhood of her trans-son. It offers an insight into the issue of transition from the parent’s point of view.This film will be featured in the online edition of Ji.hlava IDFF.

Love You More

Áda Kačmařík
Czech Republic / 2023 / 9 min.
section: My Street Films
World Premiere
Places
This film is about the places where I’ve lived and grown old. About a life that, like rain, has flowed down a wide roof into a narrow gutter but keeps on flowing. Everything changes – the times, our lives and places around us. What will be here fifty years from now? This film will be featured in the online edition of Ji.hlava IDFF.

Places

Drahomíra Stínilová
Czech Republic / 2023 / 5 min.
section: My Street Films
World Premiere
Searching for a Poet
Is it possible to find a poet based on a poem that was written almost 25 years ago? The gonzo-style documentary movie depicts the author’s search for the poet who sent her a poem at the end of the millennium. Will she be able to track him down or will she end up finding something else entirely? This film will be featured in the online edition of Ji.hlava IDFF.

Searching for a Poet

Pavlína Hůževková
Czech Republic / 2023 / 10 min.
section: My Street Films
World Premiere
Sustainable Wool
This film captures the current situation in the Czech textile industry and the lost tradition of sheep wool production. The PhD student Linda Havrlíková and Fashion Design studio at UMPRUM work together to bring this material back into contemporary fashion. What does sustainability mean to young fashion designers? Is it possible to wear a wool coat with latex boots? Why do we burn and bury Czech wool?This film will be featured in the online edition of Ji.hlava IDFF.

Sustainable Wool

Eliška Vojtková
Czech Republic / 2023 / 7 min.
section: My Street Films
World Premiere
The Bell
A story about a bell for a friend. The search for a sound, vibration and a frequency that allows one to communicate and travel across worlds. This film will be featured in the online edition of Ji.hlava IDFF.

The Bell

Antonín Matějovský
Czech Republic / 2023 / 5 min.
section: My Street Films
World Premiere
The Invisibles
The Invisibles is a short documentary by the emerging author Kateřina Matulíková. In six minutes, it tells the story of a woman who stayed at a shelter for mothers. Her experience echoes that of thousands of people who need to use this kind of social service every year to have a chance to cope with a difficult period in their lives and keep a roof over their heads. But since they are not on the streets, these people remain invisible to us. This film will be featured in the online edition of Ji.hlava IDFF.

The Invisibles

Kateřina Matulíková
Czech Republic / 2023 / 6 min.
section: My Street Films
World Premiere
The Sadness of Anthropocene
Anthropogenic chemicals have become a ubiquitous part of life. They circulate and accumulate in the environment and in our bodies. Is it possible that in addition to having an adverse effect on our health, these compounds can also affect our thoughts, feelings and motivations? “The Sadness of Anthropocene is a remarkably researched and bold treatment of the taboo subject of hormonal contraception, conveyed with sophisticated editing and a distinct visual style.” – student jury of My Street Films Award 2023

The Sadness of Anthropocene

Lenka Veselá
Czech Republic / 2023 / 9 min.
section: My Street Films
World Premiere
Train-Actions
It is said that in his spare time, Antonín Dvořák would go to the New York train station to admire trains. A similar kind of fascination has led me to make this short documentary movie. This film is an insight into the world of trains through the categories of rhythm and time. These categories obtain a strange meaning in this specific autonomous world in the way they affect the lives of the workers.This film will be featured in the online edition of Ji.hlava IDFF.

Train-Actions

František Ponzer
Czech Republic / 2023 / 9 min.
section: My Street Films
World Premiere
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