Czech Journal: In the Child’s Best Interests

Czech Journal: In the Child’s Best Interests

2016 / Czech Republic / 67min

This film compares the fates of two newborns, whose parents either could not or did not want to care for them. Whilst one is placed into a temporary guardian’s care immediately after birth, the other is sent to a residential care home for infants. The documentary explores the system in place for handling unwanted newborns. At the same time, it also raises several controversial issues.


  • Original title
    Český žurnál: V nejlepším zájmu dítěte
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Irena Hejdová, Linda Kallistová Jablonská
  • Dir. of Photo.
    David Cysař, Prokop Souček, Martin Duba
  • Editing
    Šimon Hájek
  • Music
  • Sound
    Vojtěch Knot, Vaclav Flégl, Adam Levý
  • Duration
    67 min
  • Year
  • Country
    • Czech Republic
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Audio Tracks
  • Subtitles
  • Production
    Česká televize
    Kavčí hory
    140 70 Praha 4
    Czech Republic
    tel: 261137106
    fax: 261216628
    Hypermarket Film, s.r.o.
    Osadní 6
    170 00 Praha 7
    Czech Republic
    tel: +420 222 937 341
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