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23rd Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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A Testimony on Knowledge

A Testimony on Knowledge is a competition section offering a new definition of scientific documentary. The boundaries of human knowledge, the boundaries of the portrayable – and the possibilities of crossing them.

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...When You Look Away
During Young’s interference experiment, electrons behave differently when they are being observed. Working with this axiom of quantum physics, the filmmaker set out to explore aspects of the human consciousness that cannot be described by science. Along the way, the question arose: Does water communicate when people don’t see it?

...When You Look Away

Phie Ambo
Denmark / 2017 / 84 min.
section: A Testimony on Knowledge
Czech Premiere
Almost Nothing
The film Almost Nothing presents a behind-the-scenes look at CERN, the Center for Nuclear Research. Through interviews with theoretical physicists, technicians and other employees, the everyday operations of the organization and its cafeteria are revealed while discussing the most important questions about the universe that science is currently engaged in. 
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Almost Nothing

ZimmerFrei, Anna de Manincor
Belgium, France, Italy / 2018 / 77 min.
section: A Testimony on Knowledge
East European Premiere
Badiou
Alain Badiou, born in 1937 in Morocco, demonstrated his exceptional skills in many fields of science, but became famous as a philosopher. The directorial duo the Kaylan brothers made their first feature film about Badiou, in which the philosopher himself talks about his work and personal life and presents his thoughts.
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Badiou

Rohan Kalyan, Gorav Kalyan
France, United States / 2018 / 81 min.
section: A Testimony on Knowledge
World Premiere
Bazin's Film
Film theorist André Bazin yearned to shoot a film about the churches of the French province of Saintonge. Several decades later, Pierre Hébert presents a reconstruction of Bazin’s dream in an animated documentary film that is also a philosophical meditation on the relationship between architecture and cinema. 
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Bazin's Film

Pierre Hébert
Canada / 2017 / 70 min.
section: A Testimony on Knowledge
Czech Premiere
Cinecitta Babilonia
Cinecittà, the “city of film” on the Tiber River, produced over 300 films for Mussolini and gave the people a galaxy of film stars. This documentary combines historical facts with fictional testimony by acting icons to conjure up an image of the Italian factory of dreams as a product of propaganda and capital, as well as reveals the relationship between fascism and Hollywood.

Cinecitta Babilonia

Marco Spagnoli
Italy / 2017 / 73 min.
section: A Testimony on Knowledge
East European Premiere
Every Tear
Armed with an ancient microscope invented in the 17th century by textile merchant Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, the filmmaker travels through her native Brussels exploring everything she can get her hands on. The long series of subjective macro-details of strange shapes is accompanied by citations from van Leeuwenhoek’s letters.
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Every Tear

Sarah Vanagt
Belgium / 2017 / 30 min.
section: A Testimony on Knowledge
East European Premiere
I Am Not Your Negro
Samuel L. Jackson narrates this audiovisual presentation of a never-finished manuscript by the eminent American writer and activist James Baldwin. This stirring history of the struggle of African-Americans against white supremacy is presented from the perspective of disbelieving amazement that such a thing could have ever happened and is actually still ongoing.

I Am Not Your Negro

Raoul Peck
Belgium, France, United States / 2016 / 93 min.
section: A Testimony on Knowledge
Czech Premiere
In the Realm of Perfection
An essay study on the possibilities of combining sports and film. Using traditional French film theory and philosophy, the director analyzes the sports performances of American tennis legend John McEnroe captured on 16mm film. The film offers a contemplation on the relationship between duration (durée), the passage of time, and motion.  
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In the Realm of Perfection

Julien Faraut
France / 2018 / 95 min.
section: A Testimony on Knowledge
Czech Premiere
Making Babies
Today, thousands of children are born thanks to the involvement of third parties in laboratories. This documentary analysis tracks the motivation of clients who use reproduction clinics, the ambitions of doctors, and the unsaturated market for assisted conception methods. One question remains hanging over the open topics: Where does the reproductive freedom of an individual end?

Making Babies

Barbara Burger
Switzerland / 2017 / 82 min.
section: A Testimony on Knowledge
World Premiere
Near and Elsewhere
In fictional sequences inserted into this documentary about economic, social and political perspectives on possible upcoming developments, the filmmakers portray a utopian future as a foreign territory. Six public figures from various cultural and social circles reflect on the future as a matter of time, people and the world.
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Near and Elsewhere

Sue-Alice Okukubo, Eduard Zorzenoni
Germany, Austria / 2018 / 84 min.
section: A Testimony on Knowledge
World Premiere
Panic  Attack
The faster pace of life in modern society has among other things led to an increase in the prevalence of panic attacks and anxiety disorders. A composition of details torn from context, accompanied by commentary from victims of panic attacks demonstrates the various ways in which they are manifested and draws unsettling conclusions.

Panic Attack

Ernesto Ardito
Argentina / 2017 / 76 min.
section: A Testimony on Knowledge
European Premiere
Slav Epic Complex
A fantastic epic. A nationalist construct. Ideal for taking a selfie. A bunch of paint on a canvas that belongs on the junk heap. Anachronism. A transcendental experience. Working with the playfulness of the cinematic medium, the filmmaker takes us on a tour of the serious world of art, and gives voice to a theorist, an art restorer, a philosopher and a Japanese fan of Mucha.

Slav Epic Complex

Jan Strejcovský
Czech Republic / 2017 / 55 min.
section: A Testimony on Knowledge
World Premiere
Song of a Seer
Dominique Batraville, a Haitian poet, journalist and actor, sits in his modest abode and reads. After a minute, he lies and continues in reading. This slowly narrated but impressive documentary presented his person to us by static, often detailed shots, combined with his own monologues and quotes from others.
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Song of a Seer

Aïda Maigre-Touchet
Haiti, France, Canada / 2018 / 72 min.
section: A Testimony on Knowledge
East European Premiere
Tell Me about the Stars
A group of fifteen scientists head for Antarctica where they’ll spend 13 months, during which time they’ll study the skies from the best place on the planet. The film diary of one of the team members reveals glittering plains of snow, black nights full of stars, as well as isolation, frustration, and the longing to escape back to civilization.

Tell Me about the Stars

Jonathan Millet
France / 2017 / 56 min.
section: A Testimony on Knowledge
World Premiere
The Truth about Killer Robots
A look at the integration of machines into daily life. On the one hand, robots are very useful; on the other, they replace people’s jobs and can even threaten their lives. The film is a montage of interviews with workers and various specialists, and shows footage from places where robots are used on a regular basis. 
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The Truth about Killer Robots

Maxim Pozdorovkin
United States / 2018 / 82 min.
section: A Testimony on Knowledge
East European Premiere
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