25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
Translucent Being: Karol Plicka
A large retrospective of films by Karol Plicka — a famous Slovak-Czech photographer, folklorist and violin virtuoso — that presents his acclaimed audiovisual film work, in which he served as director, cinematographer, and screenwriter. The work he left for future generations represents the essence and enduring significance of ethnographic film, and also calls for contemporary discussions on the anthropological concept of folklore in the first half of the twentieth century. Both his short-length and feature-length documentaries are a valuable source of reflection on the way of life of our ancestors, their traditions, the beauty of their costumes, and their determination to work hard in tandem with nature. Karol Plicka's work is still an endless source of inspiration and, through his films, the photographic documentation of society at the time is made complete by his confession of the time and society in which he lived and which he loved.