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Film of the Week: On Decency

Personal pronouns are the markers of dominance and bias in Radovan Síbrt's film essay On Decency. Set in a housing complex in North Bohemia, the film follows several protagonists - white residents of the projects - who share their cliched views on life with Roma neighbours. Neatly composed scenes and footage from the CCTV surveillance cameras add to the illusion of order and the sense of detachment.

 

Read also Decent Like Us, an interview with Radovan Síbrt.

On Decency is included in the 2012 East Silver Catalogue and over the following months it will be part of the East Silver Caravan that travels to more than eighty international festivals.

 

On Decency

 
 
Director: Síbrt Radovan
Production company: Pink Productions s.r.o., Czech TV

O slušnosti , Czech Republic, 2012, 52 min, HD, Personal View, Social Issues, Society

A sturdy miner in his fifties, Mr. K, is sitting with his wife in the living room of his spacious apartment on the fifth floor of a block of flats. The walls are filled with decorations, from the open shelves glass animals, small souvenirs from foreign lands and the family china stare at them. Mr. K is exhausted, can hardly control his emotions. He is on the verge of crying. "I hate them. The only thing they know is how to make children, destroy things and make a mess. That's their culture." Mrs. E, a well-dressed elderly lady is sitting at her favorite table in her favorite restaurant. "The new owners started letting them in. So we explained to them that if they turn it into a gypsy bar we'll stop coming. They stopped letting them in. It's been quiet ever since."Cinematographic essay about decency. Everyday banal situations shed light onto those dark, hidden places in us that unveil the thin border separating normality from abnormality and show us the forces causing the failure of the multi-cultural social model.
 

Ex Oriente Film 2010 / East European Forum 2010 / Catalogue of Upcoming Czech Documentary Films 2010 / East Silver 2012 

 

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