All the human hustle and bustle during the period after the 1989 revolution.
Kočičky a kocourkové aneb Krásy placeného sexu
A glimpse into the workings of prostitution as seen through the eyes of clients. What kind of people pay for these services, what is their motivation and what are they looking for? Hundreds of thousands spent for a brief diversion or an escape from reality.
The Bandera Group – Criminals or Heroes?
An attempt to present an unbiased view of a subject that still raises a lot of questions, one of many unresolved issues in the region of Central and Eastern Europe. Members of the Bandera group are generally perceived as murderers and thieves. But what was their real story? What can their contemporaries and relatives tell us about their lives and their intentions?
Millers from Babice
Seemingly familiar story of murdering communist officials started mass arresting and executions, including ten executed death sentences. However, the truth is different: Mass arresting did not follow the tragedy at school - on the contrary, it preceded it. It was a thoroughly reasoned plan of systematic elimination of inconvenient persons. Authentic testimonies of descendants of the most affected families and their dramatic fates.
The Confession of Kateryna K.
Miroslav Janek's documentary provides an intimate statement on the life of singer Kateryna Kolcová-Tlustá. The blind Ukraine native lives, studies and performs in the Czech Republic. She has become one of the most highly-prized local discoveries thanks in part to her captivating interpretation of Jewish folk songs.
Ivan, Go Home
During the occupation on August 21st, 1968, some 20 divisions of the Soviet army entered the Czechoslovak territory. Others were ready at the border and were to arrive later. They were three Polish divisions, a Hungarian one and two Bulgarian regiments. The Ostrava TV studio is preparing a great social documentary by director Marcel Petrov, dramaturgist Josef Albrecht and subject author and script writer Luděk Navara. The axis of the documentary is defined by two underlying stories. One of them is the life story of Karel Petržílka from the Milovice military base who ended up in prison and later on the edge of the society for singing the song Ivan, Go Home. The other story is that of Martin Krejza who had to deal with Soviet occupation in the town of Vysoké Mýto and later became its mayor.
The Mucha Phenomenon
Known and unknown moments in the life and work of the founder of the art noveau trend in painting. In 2010, a hundred and fifty years had elapsed since the birth of Alfons Mucha, a memorable figure not only in artistic but also in human terms. Coming from a humble background, he made his mark in the „great“ world, easily mingling with its upper crust. He won worldwide renown especially during his stay in Paris, mainly thanks to his six-year contract with Sarah Bernhardt. It is precisely this period on which the documentary concentrates. Its makers captured the essential milestones in the artist's life, showing the places in Paris which still remind us of him. In a retrospect they trace the beginnings of his career, describe his stay in the United States, and his work on the Slavonic Epopee.
Jan Masaryk's Step into Emptiness or the Perfect Crime
On September 14, 2011, 125 years will have passed since the birth of one of the most significant Czechoslovak politicians and diplomats. All his life, he has served his country in various ways, representing one of the most popular personalities primarily of post-war Czechoslovakia. His nature, however, was rather complex. The political steps he took especially towards the end of his career, which ended up by a not completely clarified death, are anything but the firm steps of a convinced democrat. Who was Jan Masaryk? Was he really the "jolly good fellow" he was considered to be both by the nation and the politicians of the West? The death of Jan Masaryk is still a thorny problem of modern Czech history. Although his family perceive his death as a suicide, the verdict of the latest investigation concluded by criminal investigators in 2003 was clear; murder by an unknown culprit. More than twenty years after the fall of the communist regime, researchers and historians are still striving in vain to get access to the secret documents in Russia. "Why do they keep them under lock and key? Those who have a clear conscience don't have to hide anything," agree the survivors and expert witnesses from various fields in the documentary.
Lethal Injection Instead of Truth
Back in 1989, we were ringing our keys at public squares in the name of truth and love that would prevail over lies and hate. Twenty years later, we often have feelings of futility, however, we still think that we have managed to uncover at least a little bit of the recent past. Many a thing yes, no doubt; nevertheless, horrifying witness accounts have emerged recently, telling about the life stories of people who tried to lift the curtain on the past regime's atrocities. An investigator of the office for the documentation and investigation of the crimes of communism was researching the circumstances of suspicious explosions in the 1990. She got pretty near, however, she got infected with a strange disease. Nobody knew what was going on; it was due to the courage of her doctor that she was proved to have been poisoned by cadmium and accidentally saved. At the next banal hospitalization, a would-be doctor gave her an injection that nearly killed her. The other stories in the film, too, tell about the sticky fingers of the regime's power that is still latently present.
An actor with a majestic stride, an original personality of Ostrava's cultural scene, holder of the Thalia Theatre Award 2008... Norbert Tichý, member of the Petr Bezruč Theatre in Ostrava, has/is all that. He dedicated most of his life to the Bezruč theatre, appearing on the stage already at the age of nine when his father Saša Lichý managed the theatre. Besides acting, he also deals with composing scenic music. During his career, he impersonated a great number of remarkable characters, representing one of the most outstanding figures of Ostrava's theatre scene. The cultural observational documentary is mapping both the professional and personal life of Norbert Lichý, collecting fragments in the life of a wise and interesting actor who should be and will be heard of yet.
No Hope for Haiti?
The country could be a Caribbean paradise; however, to its inhabitants, it is rather hell. As one of the poorest countries in the world, it is overwhelmed by problems, the earthquake being but one of them. The apocalypse of January 12, 2010 has only exposed the country; poverty, disease and despair have prevailed there for years. What is the real life of common people outside the capital city like? How is the life of people in the north of the country who have already experienced Czech help? The stories of adopted children, orphans and other suffering people look for answers to the questions of how to really help Haiti and whether it makes any sense at all.
All Future Chernobyl
On April 26, 2011, a quarter of a century has passed since the explosion of the Soviet Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Memories of the disaster are still alive. The recovery of Fukushima is supposed to last nine months; however, not even twenty five years were enough for the recovery of Chernobyl. A quarter of a century after the disaster, international forces are still at work, trying to stop the threat of further contamination caused by the greatest nuclear catastrophe in history. The powerful memento of Chernobyl is feared practically all around the world. The Volhynia Czechs, Czech Republic's fellow countrymen, also appeared in the close vicinity of the accident. Their evacuation to their original homeland could only start four years later. Those who have survived have been vastly affected by the catastrophe.
Memories of the Balkans
They came here to look for a new home, for the war deprived them of their old one. In the late 20th century, Yugoslavia lay in ruins and the nationalist leaders unleashed hell in the Balkans. Chaos, fear, religious intolerance, dead and suffering people, hundreds of thousands of refugees, mass graves and helpless Europe. All of that within striking distance of the Czech Republic. They had two ways of coping with their experience. Some of them have been looking for their killed brothers and sons until today, while others have been trying to draw a line under the horrors they have seen as if there never was any war. However, the experience of the war turmoil has left its mark on all of them. No matter on which side of the conflict they stood. The documentary film Back Then in the Balkans revisits the people most affected by the war conflict of the early 1990s. In the film, Croatians, Serbians and Bosnians bring out their memories, all of their guilt and pain being still surprisingly alive. Even those who have found a new homeland in the Czech Republic and never returned to their old one are very cautious about sharing their memories. The dangerous radical nationalism is still alive in the countries of former Yugoslavia. The Balkan soul only got new scars because of a senseless war.
Jan Balabán - In His Own Words
A prominent Czech prose writer and winner of two Magnesia Litera awards, Jan Balabán died in his sleep at the age of almost 49. He left behind a family, several books and a whole range of image and sound recordings of his reflections on life and the world. An original portrait of Balabán through Balabán in the creative documentary by Petra Všelichová.
The Dobříš - Paříž axis. 25 years ago, this phrase would be familiar to students of military departments, then a compulsory part of university studies. It reflects the life-long conviction and education of Czechoslovak officers that World War III is inevitable and the camp of peace and socialism would definitely finish with the rotten capitalism. In the form of a fictitious documentary with allusive stage-managed elements and comments of experts, the film will introduce period strategic and operation plans of the Czechoslovak army, moving along the border between the grotesque and the tragic.
There are people among us whose childhood was stolen by the times. Because of their Jewish origin, they were expelled from schools and sport clubs during the war, they were not allowed to enter swimming pools and sports fields, to own a dog or a parrot, all that before the "final solution". All their lives, these now "old children" had to cope with the trauma of the loss of their parents, loneliness and persecution. Fear and anxiety have become part of their life and have been passed on to the next generation. Their children, too, carry the symptoms of persecution.