23rd Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
Reality TV opens viewers’ eyes to new television formats and presents the full range of current forms of crossover genres such as docudrama, docusoap, reality show, and mockumentary.
This unique docureality show will take the viewers to the times of the industrial revolution when nothing was for free, capitalism was in its infancy, and there was a great inequality in the society. In Zora Cejnková’s unique experiment, three groups of people are cut off from the achievements of modern civilization to start a hunt for money at Mr Kohoutek’s factory.
A Holiday in the Era of Steam
Czech Republic / 2018 / 57 min.
Each hour-long episode presents an exceptionally comprehensive view of the daily work of emergency medical teams, capturing their remarkable activities from the perspective of all involved – from the phone operators, who receive over three thousand calls daily, to the members of the emergency response vehicle crew.
Jo Hughes, Bruce Fletcher
United Kingdom / 2016 / 60 min.
This docu-soap offers an insight into prison staff’s daily life and, using stories of three offenders in different stages of their imprisonment, presents an overview of our current correctional system. Its message transcends to reflections on guilt, punishment, justice and the possibility of rehabilitation or change in our prisons.
Czech Republic / 2017 / 40 min.
Work in Progress
A group of people have the task of remaining in hiding for a month while the world’s best trackers (detectives and secret service personnel) try to find them. Today, we leave behind digital traces with every step – in addition to security cameras, it is also possible to trace activity on social networks and the use of credit cards. Is it possible to completely disappear in the twenty-first century?
Abi Mowbray, Georgina Kiedrowski, Tim Lawton, Sam Eastall, Miles Blayden-Ryall, Helen Crampton
United Kingdom / 2015 / 52 min.
One of the longest broadcasted programmes in the history of Stream, an Internet TV, is based on creative disruptions of the standards of commercial TV stations. The episode that undermined the shooting of a reality cooking show, Prostřeno (Come Dine With Me), and touched on the problems of people who suffer from Tourette syndrome was one of those whose broadcast caused a media scandal.
One Man Show
Markus Krug, Kazma Kazmitch
Czech Republic / 2017 / 33 min.
Hannah Fry and her team carried out a massive experiment using a mobile application to simulate a burst-out of epidemics in the United Kingdom. Such simulation may lead to more accurate forcasts about the scale of break-outs, thereby leading to better organised contagion and aid effords.
United Kingdom / 2018 / 75 min.
Fourteen soldiers go through a drill modeled on training methods of secret agents from 1940. Authentic exercises as well as real historic missions and facts are shown. In such a way, this unusual reality show obtains even more ties to real-time history.
Secret Agent Selection: WW2
Jules Endersby, Garfield Carrott
United Kingdom / 2018 / 60 min.
How many things do we need to be happy? Stripped is a social experiment: the participants initially surrender everything they have, including cellphones and clothing. For each of the next thirty days, they reclaim one item per day. Those who complete this survival test uncover their attitude towards belongings and discover what is truly important in their lives.
Denmark, United Kingdom / 2015 / 28 min.
18 contestants are dropped off on an abandoned island. They are one by one voted out. They struggle with the lack of food and physically demanding tasks. They have to compete for food, survival equipment and the immunity preventing them to be voted out. The winner of the contest whose strength and tactical thinking beat the others receives a financial award.
Lucie Matějíčka Sehnalová, Jiří Volek
Czech Republic, United Kingdom / 2017 / 45 min.
A look at the history and current form of this typical American television genre, which has been copied throughout the world. Late-night talk shows have their roots in the late 1950s, and many viewers in the USA and elsewhere are familiar with the format’s great stars from the past (Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, David Letterman) and the present (Seth Meyers, Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver).The topic will be presented by:Milan Kruml
The Past and Present of the Late-Night Talk Show
A private clinic at Wimpole Street in London with a team of physicians who help people become what they have felt to be all their lives. In three episodes, we watch three people in process of undergoing gender change, topped up by final operation. Over one year, they allow the problems they must tackle with during their sex reassignment, along with the reactions of their loved ones, to be recorded.
United Kingdom / 2018 / 60 min.
In today’s world of social networks everyone constructs a perfect version of themselves, but many people feel lonelier than ever before. Eight young people face their psychological issues – from sleep disorders to depression – using both group therapy and video diaries they record themselves.
Denmark, United Kingdom / 2015 / 60 min.
Dressed in disguise, directors and top managers of leading Czech companies join the ranks of their employees, working at low-level positions in order to find out what they can do better. After a week, they return to their true identity and draw conclusions from their experiment in this Czech version of the interntionally successful concept.
Czech Republic / 2018 / 56 min.
Gogglebox shows TV viewers in their homes along with their reactions to TV news. Vlogglebox is a new programme for younger audiences. Participants of 16-24 years of age comment on viral contents seen on online sites. This new TV show follows the shift of entertainment contents from TV to Internet and from the living room to anywhere where your smartphone is.
United Kingdom / 2017 / 53 min.