Four Roma families, four lives in four countries during four seasons through the eyes of four people. This is the third of a series of year-long observational documentary films by Břetislav Rychlík that explores human communities. After his internationally recognized films One Year (about the lives of seven elderly people from the highland villages and secluded dwellings of the Horňácko Region who were born in the time of the Austro-Hungarian Empire) and God's Quarry (one year in North Bohemia), the two directors, Monika Rychlíková and Břetislav Rychlík, and two photographers, Jindřich Štreit and Marie Zachovalová, present their joint view of four Roma families. The film was made from December 2006 to December 2007 in the following locations: a Roma settlement in Slovakia; a traditional Roma village community in Hungary; an industrial area in Poland, and a suburban Roma community in the Czech Republic. Roma museums and organizations from all Visegrad countries cooperated during the development of this film and during the selection of the protagonists.
...Those Are Tough Memories
Documentary film on the holocaust of Romanies in the Czech lands made for the permament exhibition of the Museum of Romany Culture in Brno. The film draws from archive sources, which are accompanied by testimonies givenby witnesses of the Romany holocaust.
Vaclav Havel personally returns to the stage – half-year lasting social-stage project of the theatre called Husa na provazku, with the programme culminating in scenic filming of Vaclav Havel’s dramas from Garden party to Leaving. Film version of the project opens a great topic of culture and history, power and outsidership, theatre and life, dream and reality and their mingling; it aims to be a return of artistic roots of Vaclav Havel, the play writer.
Karel Schwarzenberg: History of Mumbling
A portrait of Karel Schwarzenberg, introduced by an animated passage in which the Czech politician recapitulates the history of his aristocratic family. The current foreign minister (born 1937) describes his life, including his childhood on the family's Czech estate, and their move to Austria after the Communist revolution. A number of his colleagues then discuss Schwarzenberg's remarkable personality, including the director of his Vienna office. Martin C. Putna casts light on the meaning of the nobility's existence, while Ivan M. Jirous expresses, in eccentric style, his gratitude to the prince for his cheap accommodation. At the close of the film, the charismatic politician with strong social feelings considers the subject of European integration.
Evropa jedna báseň
Documentary series that maps contemporary European poetry. 27 European poets will be presented in 27 episodes (1 country = 1 poet).
I See It That Way
A cycle of documentary films following the often complicated stories of children. 1. Jáchym D: Břetislav Rychlík, 2009 At the start of summer holidays in 2005 school pupil Jáchym Rejžek was hit by a car. He was in a coma for over a month. He stopped speaking. He gradually started to speak and his memory came back. He went through a number of operations which he’s still feeling the effects from. After returning to school a shocking situation arose. He was bullied. The story of psychic bullying, manipulation by a collective of children and a struggle to return to a normal life. 2. Michaela a Liliana (Michaela and Liliana) D: Veronika Sobková, 2009 A documentary on the sisters Michaela and Liliana living in an SOS Children village in Brno. A story of children's joy of life that isn't even destroyed by tragic events. 3. Filip (Filip) D: Monika Rychlíková, 2009 The world through the eyes of an eight-year-old Romany who realises the power of education and, despite the complicated social environment at home, pursues his goal. 4. Stázka D: Adéla Sirotková, 2009 Stázka likes bike riding, skiing and even rock climbing. Her eyes are full of adventure and a longing for knowledge. But her eyes are empty... Stázka is blind. 5. Jája (Jája) D: Theodora Remundová, 2009 From the life of eight-year-old Jája – skateboarder, spray-painter and rapper from Český Krumlov or ”Český Krumlov is the Best – AHA, AHA, AHAAHAAHA!” 6. Káťa (Káťa) D: Adrian Kukal, 2009 A documentary on the Russian teenage girl Katya, who at the start of adolescence had to move to a different country and deal with the cultural and language barriers. The story of a child’s courage and unceasing joy from life that couldn't be diminished even under trying circumstances. 7. Lucie (Lucie) D: Monika Rychlíková, 2009 From the life of thirteen-year-old Lucie-the Magician or Abracadabra! 8. Amia (Amia) D: Břetislav Rychlík, 2010 Six-year-old Amia lives with her parents and younger brother Schiva on a farm amidst the solitude of the mountainous Šumava region. She is surrounded by nature and helps her parents look after the farm animals. She would like to be a mare or a fairy.