I discovered the Baluty district three years ago, almost by chance. It looks much like in surviving wartime photographs. Today, the devastated houses are inhabited by a highly unusual social group which differs distinctly from the remaining population of Lodz... as if the borders of the ghetto still existed. Our film illustrates human misery and the horror of a landscape touched by horror through the survivors' wartime stories.
This film is a story of a big Slovak catholic family, which has been left by the father. Mother Jana, five daughters and one son Adam were suddenly left alone. Adam decided to put up with this huge change in his life in a very strong way, to shoot this film, as the „last man standing“ in the family. This film tells the story of how one man cannot manage seven women, and how seven women can fight for one man. How can he learn from parent’s divorce and how can he teach his sisters to divorce well in the future?
Věra Čáslavská - 68
The film about Věra Čáslavská is an evaluation of her life. With seven gold and four silver Olympic medals, she is the most successful Czechoslovak female athelte as well as the fourth most successful Olympic female athlete in the world. After her breathtaking victory in Mexico City in 1968, she was announced the second most popular woman of the planet after Jacqueline Kennedy. In 1968, she signed the 2000 Words Manifesto. Despite her enormous fame, which she deserved for her incredibly hard work and endurance, she lived a troubled personal life. Her life story reflects the situation in Czech society, both in the communist regime and after 1989. Always actively involved in building a healthy civic society, Čáslavská's life story is truly unique and remarkable.
Stalin grasps a pencil in his hand as he prepares to draw a line on a map of the Soviet Union. Where the graphite touches paper, some 80,000 people - almost all of them gulag inmates - will build a railroad in the gruelling conditions of the polar taiga. It is a railway line of almost no strategic importance, built on permafrost and polar marshes, using limited technology and equipment. For four years, they will slave away, succumbing to exhaustion, illness, cruelty, and solitary confinement before, finally, the death of Stalin himself. In just a few weeks, there will be nothing left of their hectic activity except for empty camp barracks, old locomotives, bits of track, embankments, telegraph wires, all left to slowly return to the taiga.
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