The documentary Aliens and Herons portraits the fate of the sculptures fromthe Communist so called normalization era in the Czech public space. The film describesthe atmosphere of the time and the relationship of the artists to the "official art" and it's topics, but, mainly, it addresses the decay of the public space today and the devastationof often valuable artworks. Today's officials or developers often demolish the sculpture,viewing it as an unwanted heritage of Communism, and renovating the blocks ofhouses with new pistachio green façade and a saddle roof instead. Pavel Karous startedto map the disappearing statues, and to loose weight, he rides along the paths of thesestatues on his bike showing that the artwork made under the order of the Communistregime doesn't have to be shoddy. In terms of what order is the art being made today?Why does it always have to be innocent sculptures who suffer from political change?
Kytlice, Zimmer Frei
Kytlice, Zimmer Frei explores the absurd history of Central Europe through the little village of Kytlice in former Sudetenland, situated on the Northern border of the Czech Republic. The film introduces Luděk Farkáš, a naive artist and patient of the local mental clinic, and the film director Rozálie Kohoutová, whose family has bought one of the cottages left after the displaced Germans in the 1950s. The disparate duo of Rozálie and Luděk try to understand the absurdity of nationalism that has left its mark in the region.
Roma Boys, the Love Story
The film explores the taboo subject of homosexuality within the Roma community through the personal story of a Roma activist who happens to be gay. Though his job has earned him respect among his peers, by coming out his status is in jeopardy. However, the desire to share his complex story prompted him to write a screenplay based on his life. Partly a documentary about his autobiographical script, the film switches between documentary and narrative storytelling. Owing to its distinctive style, the film offers a glimpse into the protagonist's world as he faces triple discrimination: as a Roma, as a gay man, and as a gay man in the Roma community.
Czechs in Prague
Various exchange programmes that allow young people to study and live in, among other places, Paris are fairly common these days. However, this film introduces several people who had considerably more trouble getting to France. Publisher of the exile magazine Svědectví Jiří Vrzala and ambassador Pavel Fischer discuss the perception of Czechs in France, and a poll in the streets of Paris reveals that many people don't know much about the Czech Republic... Director Rozálie Kohoutová captured the lives ofseveral generations of Czech emigres.
The Sokol from Paris
An ironic sketch, made as an exercise in the first year of the master's programme in the department of documentary film making at FAMU film school in Prague. It follows a ceremony held by the Sokol organisation - the traditional Czech physical education movement - in a French village near Paris. The traditional exercises, including gymnastics and marching, are accompanied by the cooking of traditional Czech food and its mass consumption. The singing of the Czech national anthem, the laying of wreaths on a monument and other ceremonial rituals form a grotesque contrast to the good things cooking in huge pots, the bottles of beer and the remains left on the plates... This investigation of displays of patriotism in a curious place and an obscure context ends in a mass pose by all the participants in the ceremony.
Visual meditation on the "architecture” of Romany colonies in Eastern Slovakia. – Department of documentary film, FAMU – 3rd year (film poem).
Based on stories selected from the bestseller Gottland by Polish author Mariusz Szczygiel, a series of film essays will be made by six FAMU students, describing the Czech national history from the perspective of one who never won. Surrounded by superpowers in its geopolitical space, Czechoslovakia has always had to manoeuvre within the limits set by others (e.g. when fighting for the unwanted Emperor of Austria in World War I, suffering the trauma of the Munich Pact etc.). Unable to decide about their own fate, Czechs had to develop a strategy of constant compromise-seeking behaviour and peaceful solutions, assuming the position of the "absent one", since that was the most advantageous way of defence; minimizing the experience of loss, however, leaving behind a great moral mutilation. In comparison with other nations of the world, nothing much ever happened to Czechs and nothing much ever will.
Exchange Kesaj Tchave
The film tells the story of two teenage girls Jenica and Perla who are friends but live 1500 km apart. They met thanks to the Kesaj Tchave dance organization that brings together Roma children from Eastern Slovakia and children from Romanian Roma families from Paris. During the holiday Jenica and Perla became best pals, partly because during the school year neither of them has many friends. Perla is 14 years old. She grew up in a slum with a purely Roma population in Eastern Slovakia. She goes to a secondary school in the next village. It is a school for Roma children only; white children go to another, better school. Jenica is 17 and she was born in Romania. Her parents took her to Paris when she was seven. Her family lived on the street during the first three years in Paris. She studies at a practical training school to train as a caretaker for seniors. She does not enjoy it but it is the only education available in her situation. When her family lived rough on the street, Jenica did not go to school at all, plus her knowledge of high French and written language is inadequate. This film aims to show two teenage Roma girls from two different communities across Europe as they come of age. Through their eyes we want to see the life of Roma people in today’s Europe but we also want to capture the world of two girls turning into women.
Czechoslovakia As a Hobby
A tragicomic documentary about three French retirees who guard the legacy of Czechoslovakia of Masaryk's time. Three French seniors have found the meaning of life in keeping alive the memory of a country that no longer exists. André Poirot from Darney is the director of a local museum of Czechoslovakia. The museum is visited by five people a month. Vaclav Eugene Faucher takes care of the uniform and memory of his father who led a French military mission during the first republic. Pierre Sputil became a mayor of Sokol de Paris because he has a knack for cooking Czech meals.