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25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Siren Test

The section dedicated to music/sound in contemporary progressive cinematography.

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A Symphony Of Noise - Matthew Herbert's Revolution
Comprehending the world through sound: British producer Matthew Herbert presents this ambition to the audience. His journeys into sound are motivated by contemporary social and political issues. What do we hear when listening to the average pig that is part of the slaughter and food industry? How will Brexit change the sound of the world? If we experience the act and sound of cutting down a tree, will we learn more about listening to the non-human parts of the world? A portrait of a conceptualist, political artist, inexhaustible pilgrim to the center of the world of sound.

A Symphony Of Noise - Matthew Herbert's Revolution

Enrique Sánchez Lansch
Germany / 2021 / 96 min.
section: Siren Test
East European Premiere
Delia Derbyshire - the Myths and the Legendary Tapes
How can one tell the story of the pioneer of electronic music, who only found satisfaction after her death, with the discovery of 267 tapes? Delia Derbyshire is the creator of the famous theme song for the sci-fi series Doctor Who – and this docudrama sees her, too, as a time traveler. For this innovator, the art of sound was a refuge in which she could explore her creativity, femininity, and modernity. This “outsider” in the post-war era in Great Britain and in the BBC Radiophonic Workshop comes to life through the musician Cosey Fanni Tutti (ex-Throbbing Gristle) and her work with sounds from Delia’s archive. 

Delia Derbyshire - the Myths and the Legendary Tapes

Caroline Catz
United Kingdom / 2020 / 101 min.
section: Siren Test
Czech Premiere
Beatriz Ferreyra is a concrete music artist based in France, but of Argentinean origin, who has developed her own language in experimental music. This documentary has as a script the scores elaborated by Ferreyra along the years, the sounds and silences she built, and the radical proposal that the image is at the service of the sounds.


Tamara García Iglesias, Xabier Erkizia
Spain / 2020 / 19 min.
section: Siren Test
International Premiere
Italo Disco. The sparkling sound of the 80s
Music unites, but it can also highlight differences. An excursion to another time and place, maybe to another planet, leads to an epoch when millions of Europeans indulged in synthesized sounds, catchy melodies, and generally bizarre English lyrics, all often combined with insistently futuristic videos. A thorough lesson on the cyber-snobbery of “italo disco” and the circumstances of the music industry at the time. The genre was born in Italy, then given new energy in Germany, and the whole planet danced. This analytical documentary reminds us of the importance of always having independent, non-ideological escape music. 

Italo Disco. The sparkling sound of the 80s

Alessandro Melazzini
Germany, Italy / 2021 / 62 min.
section: Siren Test
World Premiere
Summer Of Soul (...Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
Woodstock wasn’t the only thing that happened in 1969. Six weeks later, the Harlem Cultural Festival took place in New York’s Mount Morris Park, a massive meetup of Afro-American musicians and their large audiences. The footage reveals the intense performances of Stevie Wonder, Mahalia Jackson, Nina Simone, The 5th Dimension, The Staple Singers, Sly and the Family Stone, and many others. Yet at the time, the festival was considered “obscure” and “in the minority”. Film musician Ahmira "Questlove" Thompson, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2021, explores why – while XXX the explosively energetic music.

Summer Of Soul (...Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson
United States / 2021 / 117 min.
section: Siren Test
European Premiere
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Česká televize
Český rozhlas