Generation gap present in everyday arguments between a grandmother and a granddaughter, the film director, leads to her decision to leave. The image of the house being emptied both in time and space combined with a long and agonizing dialogue becomes the basis of a harsh and yet familiar documentary, an insight of a personal reality, where pity combines with reproach, and where in spite of mutual accusation, there is no one to blame, as the recorded situation cannot be accompanied by nothing but misunderstanding.
Children of Stalinism
„CHILDREN OF STALINISM“are those who grew up in 50s in communist Czechoslovakia and experienced the Velvet Revolution. They opened up for the documentaries to give a testimony of the past. The communist regime robbed them of their childhood, they have often never seen one or both of their parents, or not until they came back from the communist prisons. They often ended up in the care of their relatives or in institutional care, at worst. They were labeled “children of the enemy”, or “criminals’ children” and were deprived of opportunities to get higher education, and condemned to live at the margins of the society. They were not guilty of anything, but had to live lives of sinners. This goes like a red thread through all fourteen 26 minutes long parts of “Children of Stalinism” series. The parts of the series are not only testimonies of political prisoners and their families as seen through the eyes of their children, but they also attempt to understand and mediate main protagonists’ life as they live it now and as it was shaped by their difficult past.
Life with a Sandpit
A film collage of children's spontaneous demonstrations. FAMU, Department of Documentary Film (1st year exercise)
Documentary film tells the story of a group of archeologists who worked on a research of the Vizmburk Castle in the district of Trutnov. The research waged in the years 1972 – 1983 led by PhDr. Antonín Hejna CSc. After it was finished the castle wasn’t passed on as a national monument but it was left as it was. A group of participants in an archaeological excavation continue to meet, while their castle the sand is again slowly vanishing. The film focuses on relationships which came to existence due to the castle, on the disappearance of the castle, on the reaction of the neighbors, on the passing time and the understanding of presence and the celebration of one big friendship.