Civil engineers Zuzana (23) and Vladimír (21) wanted to prove that “they can make it” both to themselves and to others. They built their home on their own and tried to fulfil their dreams as well.
The prominent Czech doctor Jaroslav Skála is the godfather of Czech alcohol detoxification treatment. He founded the Prague alcohol clinic at U Apolináře, as well as the first sobering-up station in the world...
Pavel Štecha is one of the leading Czech photographers and documentarists. His black-and-white photos from 1968-89 are well-known, but his photographs of ordinary life from the period are also of crucial importance...
20 years of a life spent mainly in prisons. A man who starts over again and again, fails, becomes a writer and keeps challenging the director constantly.
For 23 years, Helena Třeštíková followed the story of actor and stage director Jakub Špalek. The first piece of footage was shot in Autumn 1989 when Jakub, then a theatre academy student, was actively involved in the Velvet Revolution.
Longitudinal documentary film was shot for past 16 years and the main protagonist is Roman musician and activist Vojta Lavička. Vojta is a master in violin play, who focuses not only on music but also deals with problems of his origin Roman nationality.
"I'm sick of running into brick walls”. A young girl must get used to it. She returns from rehab and finds her family and the usual problems she left behind lined up again and waiting for her. Life drags on day after day and there are no easy answers around. So the family tries to stick together even though everything else is
silently falling apart...
Can peace between Israel and Palestine be possible without the return of the Palestinian refugees to their homeland which has now become Israel?
Tension mounts to the boiling point as Jewish “settlers” encroach upon the formerly exclusive Arab neighbourhoods of Jerusalem...
Cinematic meditation on the Izraeli-palestinian conflict...
The film is an enquiry into the death of Rachel Corrie, a young American peace activist, crushed by an Israeli bulldozer in the Gaza Strip in March 2003...
Whereas the vision or the so-called solution of « two people – two States » in Palestine-Israel is dying a slow death, in the face of apocalyptical visions, an escalation of racism and an ongoing colonization and permanent repression on the part of Israel, Common State, A Potential Conversation, Eyal Sivan's new documentary film, shows a cinematographical encounter between Palestinian Arabs and Israeli Jews...
On screen, one blank sheet of paper after another is slowly being filled with lines: inhabitants of Aida Refugee Camp (Bethlehem) draw mental maps of their surroundings and tell the stories related to those subjective geographies.
My Street Films Your story. Your film. Make it! Fragments of three stories from Prague, get inspired.
Because of the elevator, occupants of the house only know the others on their floor. Meeting the yet unseen occupants of an apartment building after two years of house sharing. What links those who have chosen this place out of all other places on the planet? A minimalist documentary probe into local predetermination and polite urban indifference.
A short film about demolition of the huge hotel from the socialist era.
My house. My home. Where is my home? One afternoon in one quarter. An encounter of innocence and inebriation on a few square metres. Paradise on earth it is to see.
This documentary tells the story of Ratita, who lives in the Arrupe Centre with other injured children by landmines. The best friend of Ratita is Sarin a blind girl with a charming character.
On the top of the mountain two shepherds talk quietly while the herd grazes. The few local inhabitants follow the normal routine of the village until something unexpected happens, which threatens the community. It echoes a song of resistance. Three women dance among the ruins. A blind man reflects on the future of the village.
Award-winning filmmaker Vitalij Manskij followed Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin during the course of a year.
Four women and a girl, four generations, three cultures, several marriages, a patriarch and a few VHS tapes.
Talented people like artists or writers who stayed have one choice only: work as seamstresses.
This documentary is on street sellers who sells different kind of things but use same way, their voices. One of them sells cake on street, one of them repairs the quilt on the street, one of them announces the discounts in the market. “I've come and I'm gone” tells that how important human voices is in marketing.
In a Serbian village on the slopes of Stara Planina live 15 households. The youngest man in the village is 70 years old. The film gathers the intimate thoughts of the inhabitants of this village, whose wait for death is marked not by loneliness but by a common bond.
Milica Ostojić a.k.a. Mica Trofrtaljka or Mica Davorika a singer from Milićevci near Čačak (Serbia) by singing the song ”Davorike, dajke” became a big star of new underground music in the seventies in former Yugoslavija. Forgotten for years, she returned to the scene in the film ”Preaty village, preaty flame”, saying the historical sentence: “Shut up mate, erotica”.
17 years after the Srebrenica genocide, people still gather once a year to bury their loved ones. For some it is an intimate event, for others a collective political gathering. Screens are used to protect: umbrellas not only protect against the burning midday sun, but also offer protection against the gaze of others, or a way to narrow one's own field of vision. Cameras are used in a similar way: helping to see, but also helping not to see too much, and to retain the distance.
This is a story about unique choir Pontanima from Sarajevo.
It starts with the laughter of children. Images from the late 80ies in the GDR to the immediate present of the year 2008 in Germany...
SOLAR SYSTEM is a film about disappearance, about some people of the indigenous community of the Kollas of Tinkunaku, a region in the North of the province Salta, part of the district Orán, Argentina...
In the new life of Piedad nobody knows what is true or memory and what is product of her illness.
I don’t like it when kids cry, that brews a storm in me, a terrible storm. I like it when kids laugh. It will always be like this and it has to belike this. Kids should never be sad.
Magda is Czech and Loic is French. They live together in Paris, but it is now about time for Loic to meet Magda’s family. Despite his reluctance, the couple visits Magda’s grandparents for lunch which, unfortunately, does not turn out as expected. Is the cultural difference to blame?
The film deals with shoplifting as an act of system subversion. It opens up the question of a “moral theft”, catches the thieves in the act and explains the reasons leading to such an act.
A family portray made on the road. A mother and a daughter are setting off to a journey following the memories of the eldest daughter/sister missing in the portray. As we approach the end of the journey, we het to the core of the topic, brought to both women by the absence of the family member.
An absurd and secret meeting of two important men Marian Čalfa and Václav Havel in 1989.
Mental Troglodyte is a personal film commentary on the Czech presidential elections in 2013.
The process of voting for one or the other candidate functions merely as a background. The main focus is on the confrontation of two political positions – the necessity to vote for one of the two candidates as opposed to the option not to vote at all.
A film about Prague’s secret church during the totalitarian regime and after the revolution, describing its activities and confrontations with the state power. An interesting and thrilling history of good and evil, courage of the individual actors, the moral stance of people in extreme situations when exposed to the pressure of the circumstances. What motivated these people to sacrifice themselves, or, in some cases, even their whole families in the name of their “spiritual belief”?
Crowds of people are gathering at Vaclav Havel's funeral and in the meantime, politicians are voting for a law that would confirm Vaclav Havel as the one who was responsible for creating the Czech state. Street sweeps are collecting candles that were brought by mourners and artists are creating a monumental heart from them. It almost seems that with the melting candles, the need for personal interpretation of Havel's legacy disappears as well.
What am I? A revolt against you? Isn´t this story just another provocation? Constant fight?
A short film shot at the state funeral of Václav Havel during which the leaving statesman comments his own memorial service for the final time. For he has nothing more to lose he can finally say things without restraint. The last breath and awakening in the arms of the Dalajlama.
A deserted hotel at the gas station by the highway to Pilsen. Only the caretaker knows how it works, what is where, where and how the wind blows…
A film about Ostrava air. As a cod in the river Hudson, also Jarek Nohavica is featured! No one smokes in the film, don´t worry.
Aequador is an alternative history built as a travel account without words: an equatorial dystopia evoking the excesses of a progressist and modernist dream in Latin America during the twentieth century.
The story of A journey into Earth Otherwise Said is inspired from the first accounts of the natural and ethnographic explorations in America by the Conquistadors, the missionaries and scientists.
An anarchist, a Jesuit, a female senator and a bank expert, allies in civic courage. František Kriegel was one of the most courageous men in the modern history of Czechoslovakia, and was the only one of the country's leaders who refused to agree with the Warsaw Pact invasion in 1968. Our present is also full of challenges requiring courage. The four winners of Frantisek Kriegel Award could be an inspiration to us all.
Director Dagmar Smrzova's new documentary looks into the every-day life of an ordinary man who suffers from schizophrenia.
In 1988, an earthquake killed at least 25.000 people in the Armenian city of Gyumri, a third of them children. Jana Ševčíková explores life after and with the disaster, meets survivors and their children.
A documentary film about a Czech minority living in Romania. The film was made in 1981 - 1983 during the totalitarian regime of Nicolae Caucescu.
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