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DIR: Jana Ševčíková
2001 / Czech Republic / 47 min


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This film, made over a period of five years, documents the life of strongly religious people living in the Danube Delta region of Romania. We learn the story of their journey from Russia in 17th century, bringing their religion and language with them. It is amazing that it took five years to complete the film; equally remarkable is the filmmakers' approach and their understanding of the distinctly different rhythm of life. We witness the everyday life and work of local people, their rituals - a sort of inward journey, with the knowledge that eternity triumphs over the present.


Director Jana Ševčíková
Screenplay Jana Ševčíková
Dir. of Photography Jaromír Kačer
Editing Lucie Haladová
Music Alan Vitouš
Sound Jaroslav Jehlička, Petr Bohatý, Michal Janoušek, Jiří Mergl, Pavel Sádek
Duration 47 min
Year 2001
Country Czech Republic
Tags long-term observation, religion, rituals, rural society, traditions

Rotterdam 2002

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Rotterdam 2002

Min.de la CultureMuchchen Int.Doc festival 2002

Goettingen Ethnographic FF 2002

Karlovy Vary 2002

Telluride FF 2002

Margared Mead New York 2002 USA

Ghet DFF 2003

Minneapolis FF 2003

Adelaide IFF 2003

Alter-native FF Turgu Mures Romania 2004


Ecumenic Filmaward - Mannheim-Heidelberg 2001 ...

Ecumenic Filmaward - Mannheim-Heidelberg 2001

Prix Mario Ruspoli - Paris Bilan du film Ethnographique 2002

Don Quixote prize FICC - Krakow DFF 2002

Prize for Doc.Film - Swedish ICF 2003

Best Int.Doc - Premio Bizzari 2003




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