The Last Caravan presents the lives and life-style of last authentic comedians - puppeteers in the Central European region - in various cultural and social contexts. They are literally the last strolling comedians; some of them still play and live in their caravans and maintain their lifestyle as wandering entertainers. Besides the lives of the individual people, the film focuses on the common roots of this kind of European culture. We bring to the screen four nomad family portraits - The Dubsky and Anderle Family from Slovakia, The Kopecky and Novak Family from Czech Republic, The Kemeny Family from Hungary and The Domrowski Family from Germany.
Flying Words Town
How can a literary club have an impact on people's lives in a world that worships the fleeting idols of reality television shows? Perhaps by offering an alternative and a chance to communicate and create real values... Members of the Zvolen Literary Club talk about their attitude to literature and the changing times in which they live.
Mad Little Robinson
The film is an unusual portrait of Slovak poet Jozef Urban who tragically died. Nevertheless, his short life was enough for his work to influence social and cultural spheres in Slovakia. First of all, however, he was a bohemian and a rebel able to see beyond his generation’s field of vision. He lived a life of an impalpable hothead floundering in loves, desires and passions. At the same time, as an author, his reasoning and views were precious and clear. The film is narrated in an unusual road-movie form. It is both a trip of three friends of his to commemorate the deceased poet and a testimony of the times before the memorable November the 17 th 1989 when there had been “no lever taps, no mobile phones, no bird flu, no pig flu” as said one of the characters, a Slovak writer and poet, Ján Litvák: “And poetry was the unique universal language.” The film offers you to see unique archive shots and previews which could not have been seen anywhere so far. Images and archives, as well as audio recordings, which are comprised in the film, had been hidden for quite a long time.
Schindler’s Diary SYNOPSIS Explanation “To leave one’s history unexplored means to not have the possibility to build the future on a solid foundation.” The aggressive racial policy of Hitler’s Germany lasted from 1933 to 1945. In less than twelve years this policy managed to change the geopolitical map of Europe with all its implications. The persecution of Jews was a profound intervention not only in Europe’s demography, but it also meant the destruction of values created by the Jewish population. Even today, white spots can be found on the map of the history of that time which are harder and harder to fill after all the time that has passed by. Our documentary is a search of the destiny and works of Jewish musicians who were persecuted as a consequence of Hitler’s so-called racial laws. Hence, our objective was to recover at least part of the cultural heritage, to return it to its original place and to remind everyone that, without this cultural heritage, we, the people living at the present time, are deprived. In this way we would like to remind people of how dangerous it is to judge anything and anyone on the basis of origin, race or religion and what the consequences can be. If we fill out the blank spots in history, we can learn from our own mistakes and prevent such a thing from ever happening again. The documentary Mrs. Schindler’s Diary presents the personality and work of musicologist Agata Schindler whose life work was the so-called “damned music”. It is a documentary about a little-known area of music, composers and interpreters of such music who became the victims of the anti-Semitic policy. The documentary will not just be a portrait of an exceptional scholar, archaeologist of lost destinies of forcibly silenced artists. In the feature sequences, we will attempt to outline fragments from the lives of the persecuted artists themselves, and to show the landmark moments when history affected their lives unfavourably. We will choose artists so as to show the broad range of musicians and also how the dictatorship proceeded in a different manner when persecuting them. At the same time, their stories, developing throughout the film, should analyse the psychology of suffering, the ability to retain their values and also show how those who survived, managed to re-integrate into life, even among people who were not always capable of self-reflection. At the height of her career, Agata Schindler organised concerts at which, thanks to her efforts, the forcibly silenced music was revived. Thus, she returns into musical history and to today’s listeners those who involuntarily dropped out of history prior to 1945. At the end of the documentary we will take part in such a concert in order to see the reactions of contemporary audiences.