What does the word "home" mean to each of us? Answers given by, among others, homeless people, old residents of a senior home or refugees.
A documentary film by Radim Špaček about the Christmas revolt of the employees of the Czech TV, who organized a strike protest against the management.
Call of Dudy
Bagpipes ("dudy" in Czech) are generally associated with the Celtic fringe of Europe, but one of the richest and most ethnically diverse bagpipe traditions can also be found in Central Europe. In the Czech lands and in neighboring Bavaria, this tradition once became marginalized and almost disregarded. Yet this historic musical form has survived and even managed to renew itself; to develop further on a regional scale - crossing national and linguistic borders. Call of Dudy captures the people and places that are keeping this centuries-old tradition alive today for future generations.
On 13 March, 1964, 28-year old Kitty Genovese was stabbed to death on the street in NYC. It was revealed later that 38 people in the neighbourhood in some way witnessed the crime that lasted 50 minutes. None of the witnesses called the police. The film explores the phenomenon of the so-called "bystander effect". Radim Spacek's film about indifference uses elements of both documentary and fiction film.
Jan Hus - A Mass for Three Dead Men
Jan Hus - A Mass for Three Dead Men tries to recover the legacy of the medieval reformist priest Jan Hus who was burnt to death by inquisition for his criticism and calling for reformation of the Catholic Church in 1415. The story takes place in the late 20th Century and relates to history of territory recently known as the Eastern Block. Jan Hus introduces three individuals - Ryszard Siwiec, Oskar Brüsewitz, and Graham Bamford, who set themselves on fire to protest against the political regimes in which they lived, and against which they had struggled.
A documentary collage about the progress of one Czech day, composed by 24 directors. Everyone picked one hour, day or night, and received two minutes of the whole film at his or her disposal. This allowed for the mosaic on genres and topics that portrait the atmosphere of the Czech Republic today. At the same time, this unique project presents various filmmaking styles and approaches of the best contemporary Czech documentarians, all on the reel of one film. The authors accompany teenagers at a discotheque, observe doctors during surgery, laborers in a factory, believers in a synagogue or the descent in a human throat. Olga Špátová records the authentic power of the moment when the child is born. Vít Klusák engages a special camcorder to freeze the time of one tram stop. The flow of time is Helena Třeštíková’s topic – she films Katka taking yet another public bath in a Prague’s fountain. Martin Mareček shows a pair of legs sunk in aquarium, which, backed with a voiceover, illustrates the timeless power of human stupidity. Jiří Krejčík, a significant persona of Czech film, conceived his film hour with a great amount of humor and exaggeration.
Shortly before it was shut down, Komedie Theatre invited the filmmakers to capture some of the major plays staged by the theatre. The plays featured in the series include The Trial; Offending the Audience; The Last Days of Mankind; Garbage, the City and Death; Goebbels / Baarová; Oil Lamps; Weissenstein; Anticlimax; Overweight, unimportant: Misshape, and The Suffering of Prince Sternenhoch.
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