The actors of the Theatre from the Passage from Slovakia live a dream and they protect it carefully. They were given a chance to break the anonymity of disabled people from the sanatoriums, they were given a chance to prove that their bounds are different from what they and their parents were told and what the whole society believed. They were given freedom to test the real limits of their handicaps on their way through a virtual passage to the world of healthy people. They could challenge their bounds which may lie further than the bounds of internal freedom of many non-handicaped people.
The documentary feature Protected Territory depicts three week long dreamed-of tour of the Theatre from the Passage in USA. The journey of this specific theatre group is full of challenges and difficulties which can be overcome only with bit of improvisation and patience, but most of all with enormous effort of all members of the group. Besides the journey itself, the theme of the theatre play gives the documentary another dimension as each actor interprets his own ideas about protected and unprotected worlds and about the boundaries between them.
In an intimate way, the documentary depicts the lives of people who were supposed to stay behind the closed doors of the sanatoriums for all of their lives and yet they managed to make incredible things true.
Born in Dunajská Streda, Slovakia, 1980.Adam Hanuljak graduated from: Documentary film directing from the Academy of Performing Arts in 2008, Science of Religions from the Faculty of Arts of Comenius University in 2010.He was a co-founder and manager of Festival pod Hviezdami, open-air film festival in Bratislava in the years 2004-2008.Since 2007 he is leading oneminute video workshops for children, teenagers and retired persons, where the participants shoot their own one-minute videos.Since 2010 co-founder and member of DogDocs NGO, creating and producing documentary movies and photo series mostly focused on social minorities and artistic activities.
Selected works:2012 About Young Parents 2, documentary movie about parents from four EU countries (Slovakia, Czech republic, Finland, Romania) visited again after 5 years, comparative-sociological exploring a topic of parenthood, 54 min., director2012 Kto z koho, experimental documentary movie, asking how could civil moves possibly form into a suitable material for a dance performance (dir. Zuzana Burianová, 26 min.) dramaturgy2010 Protected Territory, documentary feature about tour of Theatre from Passage in USA, 84 min.2009 Schoolmates, documentary movie about docu-theatre performance2008 Caravane des dix mots Slovaquie, documentary movie in the frame of international project Forum Francophones Lyon/Quebec '08, 26 min.2007 Krucenie, documentary movie about gypsy witch from east Slovakia, 26 min.2006 About Young Parents, documentary movie about young parents from four EU countries (Slovakia, Czech republic, Finland, Romania), comparative-sociological exploring a topic of parenthood, 54 min.
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