Five documentary films by Martin Ryšavý at www.docalliancefilms.com
Doc Alliance is a partnership which emerged as a result of the co-operative effort of five key European documentary film festivals - CPH:DOX Copenhagen, DOK Leipzig, IDFF Jihlava, Planete Doc Review Warsaw and Visions du réel Nyon. The aim of the Doc Alliance initiative is to support the diversity of feature documentaries and to convince audiences of the fascinating, moving and instructive aspects of the cinéma du reel where reality surpasses fiction and becomes spectacular.
Medvědí ostrovy , Czech Republic, 2010, 60 min, HD, Creative, Nature, Reportage, Society
In "Bear Islands", director Martin Ryšavý continues his exploration of subjects related to the Sakha Republic, or Yakutia, Russia's Far Eastern Federal District. The film captures the life of residents in the remotest part of the territory, Nizhnekolymsky Ulus. Bear Islands are located in the East Siberian Sea at the mouth of the Kolyma River. The camera follows park rangers who take care of the nature reserve as they travel to an isolated polar station through the vast space where the past meets the present. A portrait of a landscape, its history and people who inhabit it.
Banánové děti , Czech Republic, 2009, 67 min, DVD, Human Rights, Social Issues
The main theme is based on comparisons of life stories of several child heroes, or several Vietnamese families settled in the Czech Republic. Whereas the adults spend most of their time working, speak badly Czech and feel homesick, their kids learn Czech at school, become accustomed to Czech environment more quickly, speak Czech better than Vietnamese and have only a weak relation to their country. Vietnamese kids then begin a common part of children collective in the Czech Republic. In general the film mainly shows a life of people from two very different cultures and the pace of assimilation processes with an emphasis on expressing the differences in traditional ways of family common life and comparing value scales.
Malupien, Olšový Spas , Czech Republic, 2009, 78 min, DV, Personal View, Society
A documentary about the Russian city of Yakutsk in the Far East, seemingly just countless blocks of prefab flats in the middle of taiga - at first sight a gloomy place to live at, yet filled with a human desire to create, which is embodied by Malupien, a castle made of scrapheap at a place called Olšový Spas, built by one of the heroes of the film, expressing his faith in a fairy-tale essence of human existence, pointing out that the way back to childhood is possible by an active creation of its reflection.
Afoňka už nechce pást soby , Czech Republic, 2004, 76 min, IDF Video Library
A feature documentary film by Martin Ryšavý. The film draws a portrait of the difficult life of the Siberian Evens. While Afanasy (Afonka) Konstantinov would often like to end the difficult nomadic life and settle down, his great-aunt Maria Yegorovna Kolesova wants her relatives to maintain the traditional lifestyle of their ancestors. Trapped between vague ideas about a new life and his love of the mountains and herding, Afonka feels that he will never be exactly like his ancestors.
Kdo mě naučí půl znaku , Czech Republic, 2006, 92 min, Digi Beta, Experimental, Human Rights, IDF Video Library
The documentary is about good ideas of uncle Ho, respect for teachers and a return to one's homeland... Or travelling through Vietnam in the footsteps of Czechoslovak-Vietnamese friendship. Who Will Teach Me a Half of a Character follows in the footsteps of former Czechoslovak-Vietnamese cooperation and seeks to sum up its importance in the lives of several Vietnamese citizens. The film also reports on contemporary Vietnam through the experiences of local people who are not separated from Czechs by a language barrier.
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