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Worshippers of the Angel Peacock
This ethnographic documentary portrays the life of the Yezids, worshippers of an ancient religion from the area of Kurdistan. The Yezidian religion is religion of a small number of the Kurds and belongs among the oldest strata of the religious and spiritual life in the area known as Mesopotamia. Yezid communities live a reclusive life and never let people of different faith into their environment. The film director visited and filmed worshippers in Armenia, Syria, Iraq and Germany. The most sacred places of the Yezids are situated in the valley of Lalish, near Mosul in Iraq. The director managed to capture environments that usually remain inaccessible to foreigners.

In Alaska with My Brother - The Log-cabin at Lake Taylor
With my brother in Alaska is a project of Czech Television; it wants to present the environment of the northernmost state of the US. In the second part of the trilogy the boys have to part with their father - a scientist - for some time, because of his work duties. In order to replace their father the boys' grandfather takes them into town, shows them a farm for breeding and training sledgedogs, and finally they go into the mountains to fix up a hunting log-cabin. They travel a thousand kilometres by jeep, sail over the Lake Taylor in a motorboat and wander through the virgin country until they reach the log-cabin. The boys love the trip, they like the backwoodsman's lifestyle, animals and the wild. They are all having fun up to the moment the grandfather breaks his leg when stepping on a hidden hunting trap and blood-poisoning puts his life in danger. The boys have to transport the injured man back to civilization.

The Rachov Region in the Transcarpathian Ukraine
Transcarpathia - the Rakhov Region shows uncommon people who live in a special region. The director and the photographer repeatedly visited the easternmost district of the interwar Czechoslovakia. Eventually they returned with a camera and documented the serene life of the locals. With gentle irony, the filmmakers watch the hard lives of a couple of individuals who do not complain about their deal, though they did not choose it. The locals know very well that life is a gift, joyful and blessed, no matter how hard it is. If they do not have money for milk, they know they have to get a cow; if their house burns down, they know they have to build a new one; on a holiday they know it is time to rest.

Building Bridges to Lepers
Jaromír Štětina's documentary about leprosy in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Women of My Life
The view of a thirteen-year-old boy on Afghan women and the war.

Our Man in Bamian
The film explores Czech humanitarian activities in Afghanistan.

Things Are Better Elsewhere
Hundreds of Czech Roma seek asylum in western Europe. Great Britain is the country they primarily head for thanks to its relatively liberal asylum legislation. Mira Erdevički's documentary follows the Kováč family as they attempt to find a new home and identity in Britain. Grandmother Ester Kováčová was granted permanent asylum there. She died, however, soon after, and her two sons and eight daughters had to bury her in London. Erdevički has an uncanny ability to adapt to her subjects, and is able to capture really intimate moments. The scene of the funeral that is linked to deep contemplations about home and one's place in the world are among the film's strongest moments.

Women at the Turn of the Millennium - Nurses
Helena Třeštíková is the author of 10 episodes from the series Women on the Brink of the New Millennium, intimate portraits of both successful women and women on the social periphery. Nurses follows ordinary lives of ordinary women. It took Helena Třeštíková 13 years to finish this film. It records feelings of a group of girls that have chosen the career of a nurse. Their lives prior to graduation and then shortly after. Some of them give up the job very soon trying to succeed in a different field, such as acting, motherhood, studies or business. At the end of the film, only one of them still works as a nurse.

Czech Dream
Prague, Czech Republic, 31 May, 2003, a few minutes before 10a.m.; there are more than 3000 people jostling on a remote parking place. Many of them are clutching plastic bags in their hands; some of them are armed with trolley. Assistants are handing out plastic cups and the host on the lit stage urges people to have a drink from the nearby water tanker. The "hyper-anthem" of CZECH DREAM rings out once again from the speakers: "Try to see as a child, many things will seem wild..." Suddenly the managers of the hypermarket rush out on stage, greet their customers and briskly cut the glittering ribbon. Guards remove the metal barriers and the crowd starts moving. They still have 300 metres to reach the hypermarket. People start running... A moment later, the fastest of them are struck dumb: the hypermarket that they have reached is nothing but a huge film decoration... The documentary hyper-comedy CZECH DREAM is a feature film about a hypermarket that never existed. An original, cheeky treatise on capitalism, with more than a whiff of exploitation, “Czech Dream” follows two film students who used a state grant to promote the opening of an entirely fictitious bigbox mega-market in a Prague field. The resulting scandal, alternately hilarious and discomforting, illuminates the waking nightmare of cosumerism in a country still adjusting to the strenghts and pitfalls of the concept. -- Eddie Cockrell, Variety

What Is to Be Done? (A Journey from Prague to Cesky Krumlov or How I Formed a New Government)
In this monumental social-philosophic essay, director Karel Vachek follows up on his previous work. This time Vachek enters the film and, along with his assistant Luboš, becomes an active organizer and author of the action on the screen. In this way he reaches the boundaries of a genre in which a documentary film is not a real reflection of reality, but the result of a specific artistic creation. The work originates by an interaction between the film team and the film reality as well as by the reorganization of the footage new units. The second line of the film consists of conversations among several Czech scholars who are on a bus to Český Krumlov.

Women on the Brink of the New Millennium - I'm a Woman and I Like Women
Helena Třeštíková is the author of 10 episodes from the series Women on the Brink of the New Millennium, intimate portraits of both successful women and women on the social periphery. I'm a Woman and I Like Women deals with lesbian women.

A documentary film exploring the reasons why Czech soldiers join international missions. A cow, humanism and duty are involved.

Home Within...
In October 2002, the theatre company "Ježek a Čížek" run by homeless people went on a tour of the region of Southern Bohemia that was then hit by floods. A small film crew followed the tour.

Máňa Ten Years After
Filmmakers Olga Sommerová and Jan Špáta discovered Máňa in 1992 in a prison yard in Pardubice. At the time they made a film called Máňa for a television documentary series and the short documentary won wide acclaim. Ten years later Olga Sommerová returned to follow the life of the protagonist.

66 Seasons
A film about the Košice swimming pool, the place where, according to the filmmaker's slogan, "history came to swim." Set between 1936 and 2002, the story reflects historical events that took place in Central and Eastern Europe during that period. Half-naked men and women lived through the 1941 bombing of Košice (in eastern Slovakia), some swimmers never returned from the front lines, and one of the pool's builders died in a concentration camp. The film is dedicated to the memory of the director's grandfather, and the filmmaker and his father make appearances. Using the pool as a backdrop where three generations came to cool off, a kind of "personal theatre" has been created, a space which itself becomes a model for evoking social history...

Between a Star and a Crescent: Father of the Refugees
Charles Jordan's death in Prague in 1967 remains a mystery to this day. The only thing we know for certian is that Jordan's plan to solve the problem of the Palestinian refugees died in Prague with him. International humanitarian organizations were never brave enough to propose again such a radical move that would better the fate of the Palestinians.

High Water
Five chapters by leading Czech documentary filmmakers on August 2002 when Prague was besieged by the worst flood in five hundred years.

Body For Sale
A documentary film focusing on the wider context of the problem of prostitution, which the public refuses to speak of even though it is overly apparent - and not only abroad.

I Served Karel Čapek
Alžběta Motlová, née Venhodová, was a maid for Czech writer Karel Čapek. She was the one who helped Čapek photograph the dog Dášeňka by chasing her around the yard; she was the one who set the table for important guests such as Czech president Masaryk or his son Jan. She very much liked her employer and experienced with him all the beautiful and critical moments that life brought.

Our Linden Tree
Life according to play of Czech writer Alois Jirásek's Lantern. FAMU, Department of Documentary Film (graduate film)

A Nation in Itself

Between a Star and Crescent: Bricha

Between a Star and a Crescent: The Trials

Foreigners in the Czech Republic: Like a Russian...
Life of minoriteis in Czech republic.

On the Way - Tomáš and Panky
A three-part document telling six different human stories. Each begins as a hopeless druggie at the beginning. But then their lives took a different course.

On the Way - Láďa and Klára
A three part document telling six different human stories. Each begins as a hopeless druggie at the beginning. But in their lives took a different course.

On the Way - Kališník and Špína
A three part document telling six different human stories. Each begins as a hopeless druggie at the beginning. But in their lives took a different course.

On a Person´s Remains
A document on burials in Bohemia.

In Alaska with My Brother - The North River
Feature-lenght trilogies with documentary elements - the stories of two boys and their father in distant Alaska, where they fulfil their boyhood dreams.

In Alaska with My Brother - Down the Trail of Gold Diggers
Feature-lenght trilogies with documentary elements - the stories of two boys and their father in distant Alaska, where they fulfil their boyhood dreams.

...Wish the Truth for All
In the chain of stories that represents for us history, what is truth and what is legend? Nepomuk region in south Bohemia, Prague, the Gniezdno, Poland... Retracing the steps of St Vojtěch, the violently terminated life of Czech Saint John of Nepomuk, the Green Mountain Castle, where there was found in the early 19th century a manuscript whose authenticity has been a surce of disputes between historians and politicians and the unhappy fate of its reputed author Josef Linda - these are the themes of the unique ideas of poet, historian and diplomat Jiří Gruši on Czech history.

The Baroness Sidonie Nádherná or an End to Nobility in Bohemia
The life of Baroness Sidonie Nádherná is an example of the fate of Czech nobility in the 20th centrury. Sidonie Nádherná was above all kown as the friend and benefacterss of major artists (e.g. Rainer Maria Rilke, Karel Kraus and Max Švabinský), who were guests in her guests in her chateau at Vrchotovy Janovice.

How to live a quality life without having to be a millionaire.

I Wasn´t even Allowed to Die
the story of I Yong-guk, who was a bodyguard and later prisoner of the North Korean dictator Kim Chong-il.

The Valley of the Last Mudjahid
A film on contemporary Afghanistan that, with the help of humanitarian organizations, is coming to terms with the legacy of a war that had lasted for thirty years.

When You Must, You Must? Trapped and Still Trapped
A current-event documentary capturing the subject of drug addiction.

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