Fixers are local guides who tell journalists how to get the best images of war – from what angle to shoot a ruined airport, which checkpoint to pass through and which to avoid...
Can one man prevent his remote, woman-less village in Southern Serbia from disappearing?
Potentia dei is a notion difficult to translate, but possible to explain. The same goes for a film essay by Ondřej Vavrečka, with signs and information, their interpretation and secrets as its main theme. The collage-like film uses sharp audiovisual contrasts to make people think.
Recent history dies out in the overgrown landscape of a former German military base where children are playing. Through performances by young protagonists and disturbing commentary that suggests that the innocence of the images isn’t what it appears to be, the film reflects on the phenomenon of violence and encourages us to learn from the past.
Marian Kuffa is a priest in a small village of Zakovce in Slovakia. At his presbytery he cares for the homeless, former prisoners, boys and girls from orphanages, the handicapped and abused mothers with children. Altogether, the priest has hosted almost two hundred people. Some die, some are born, people come and go...
A dialogue between audio and video reinterprets a scene from the movie The Stranger (1967, dir. Luchino Visconti), in which the condemned debates with a priest about the absurdity of life, death, and the non-existence of God. The debate is abstracted by the skewed image as seen through cut glass and the meanings of their words take on a certain timelessness.
A video essay examining the consumption of information in the virtual environment and its influence on ethics and engagement. The subject wanders through an abandoned office building. Using reality broken down into pixels and the manifestation of text, he highlights the detachment, blindness, and alienation of man moving through social networks.
Girl Power is a documentary that presents female graffiti writers from fifteen cities – from Prague to Moscow, Cape Town, Sydney, Biel, Madrid, Berlin, Toulouse, Barcelona and all the way to New York. The graffiti community is predominantly a man's world, and men often share the view that graffiti – namely the illegal kind – is not for girls...
Thanks to Slow TV, viewers can experience a fun fair in real time. They get the feeling that they’re actually on the boat or train. Shows already produced include a 7-hour train journey, 18 hours of river fishing, and a 5-day ship voyage along the coast of Norway...
An associative film about blending the personal with the common, about the relationship of the memories of a place and memories of individuals, about the processes of reconciliation and coming to terms with something. A film about searching for paths from small to big Berlin and more.
In this portrait, consisting of a collage of the works, archive materials, and creative images by one of Canada’s most expressive video artists, Colin Campbell (1942–2001), Mike Hoolboom looks for parallels with his own work. He addresses broader issues about video as a medium and includes interviews with Canadian artists. The end result is a non-traditional approach to film narrative.
Thomas A Østbye is a distinctive voice among Norwegian directors. He is known for combining artistic reflections on the documentary genre with contemporary political dilemmas. He made his mark with formally challenging documentaries such as Imagining Emanuel, HUMAN, and In Your Dreams, which have received numerous art and film awards...
Everyone has their favourite place where they can hide away from a problem or they can soothe their mind. This short film takes place at Vitkov park in Prague 3. It is presenting how the filmmaker see the difference between Czech and Burmese culture.
An extraordinary tale about strongly passionate and elegant architect Jan Kaplicky with a clear vision of the future who has the biggest fight on his hands in Prague again.
Film essay about classical and postmodern supervision mechanisms.
Just imagine a man who’s been writing his diary every day for 88 years! Just imagine a man who was filming in Africa when the colonial system collapsed. A man who met Yuri Gagarin, Edmund Hillary, a man who met kings, presidents and cannibals, a man who criticized communism directly to the government of the Soviet Union, a man who travelled all around the world but was not allowed to enter the United States…
Called Marriage Stories, the series of documentary films covers twenty-five years of Czech society by watching the lives of several married couples. The methodis what gives the films their causality as the story develops over a long period of time. The story of Marcela was especially moving as we witness the death of her daughter at the end...
A documentary film about peculiar and unconventional people living in a peculiar and unconventional place. After several visits to the most east-bound district of interwar Czechoslovakia, one director and one photographer decided to return to the same places once more this time with a film camera to bring back a message about the calm but original daily life of the local people.
A flight under the Prague’s Railway Bridge in July 1919 and its tragic consequences: the death of the director of YMCA in Prague and a river custodian...
A series of films by the pioneer of Czech cinematography, architect Jan Kříženecký (1868 – 1921), as composed and titled by film collector Bohumil Veselý (1903 - 1971) in the year 1968.
One of the first Czech scientific documentaries, made by the Society of the Friends of Nature, containing footage of the preparation of a frog’s heart, its pulse, and the response of nerves when irritated by electric current. The film was made by the pedagogue and promoter of sciences Bohumil Bauše (1845 - 1924).
Footage of goose breeding at a prospering poultry farm, the future Poultry Company Libuš (closed down in 2007).
The film, shot from a boat floating in St. Johann’s Rapids on the Vltava River, became the first Czech film awarded abroad (Grand Gold Medal at the 1st International Film Exhibition in Vienna in 1912)...
Film news from a farming exhibition, horse races, shooting contest, visit to the grave of František Palacký and the funeral of Bedřich Pacák, a member of parliament. It is the only completely preserved documentary news journal by ASUM. Mere fragments have survived from two other newsreels (March 1914, April 1914).
An edited documentary, composed by AB as a montage of film footages shot during the first days of independent Czechoslovakia (October – November 1918), capturing revolutionary events in Prague.
Prague, Czech Republic, 31 May, 2003 - its a few minutes before 10 a.m. and there are more than 3000 people jostling on a remote parking place...
The film covers the hot-blooded dispute over a U.S. military base, as part of the National Missile Defense Program, which was planned for construction in the woods surrounding Brdy Military Area...
The film is about a crisis in the Czech Television at the end of the year 2000 and beginning of the year 2001...
In 2006 two Czech electricians, Milan and Tomáš, set off for the Zambian village of Mupande. Exploiting a “higher level of African improvisation” they managed to provide electric power to the local school, clinic and several homes, and brought the villagers out of their equatorial darkness.
The reconstruction of the photographic Atelier Seidel in Český Krumlov and the rediscovery of a unique collection of nearly 140,000 historical photographs becomes not only the basis for the narrative of a life-story of two photographers...
p>Two clarinet players, one Czech and one Israeli, first sing to one another over the phone and then send each other emails with photographs of their concert gowns...
After the "Velvet Revolution" of 1989, a number of previously taboo subjects opened up to Czech documentary filmmaking. One of these was the theme of the post-war resettlement of the Sudeten Germans from Czechoslovakia...
A dog’s funeral becomes part of a chain of absurd events including a tomato ketchup battle, a reconstruction of the battle of Austerlitz and a motorbike show. Its common denominator is the commercial interest of sponsors and big buisness, the ambivalent winners of privatization and participants of numerous coruption affairs...
By means of the accelerator, the scientists want to simulate the situation shortly after the Big Bang. As a result, they hope to acquire basic information about the structure of mass and reveal the last secrets of the universe.
The Vietnamese community in the Czech Republic is now in a very difficult situation.The majority of economic immigrants come to the Czech Republic already with huge debts.
A documentary about the tourism influence on original ethnic groups that haven’t been affected by civilization so far and about the changes of how they experience their own culture. The documentary takes place on the Russian far north – in the Chukotka region.
The film draws a portrait of the difficult life of the Siberian Evens.
A lightning documentary inspection in Zambia, which, despite being one of the largest exporters of copper in the world, is increasingly more dependent on the world's help, because having privatized the mines, the export of raw materials no longer brings any fortune.
This is the unique story of a love and hate triangle built around something one cannot see, touch or weigh: radio waves.
Short documentary film about a MSF (Doctors without Borders) mission in Guatemala. The mission deals with sexual violence in the capital.
A document asking question about about humility and faith in the power and mercy of God and the earthly life of those who believe in his glory.
Distinguished Czech documentarist Jana Boková, who lives in Argentina, decided for her latest film to find out exactly what the word “exile” means. Her first stop is Prague where, after a period of 40 years, she meets up with a friend from her school days, the philosopher Václav Bělohradský.
director Pavel Štingl / Czech Republic 2004 / 120´/ Special Events /
A documentary about Karel Zeman, a magician of the big screen. Without digital effects he brought audiences around the world back to prehistory, forward to the Moon and deep under the Sea.
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