A portrait of the blind athlete and artist Pavla Francová-Valníčková.
Description of a Struggle
An interview with sculptor Jaroslav Róna on seeking the right formy for the writer Franz Kafka monument. The film was shot using a time-lapse method over the course of the years.
Peace to Their Souls
Shot as a historical documentary, this feature-length film almost exclusively casts non-actors. It takes the viewer through nearly a century of life in Paseky nad Jizerou, a village situated in the foothills of Northern Bohemia's Giant Mountains. Stories drawn from family chronicles, reminiscences by the older generation, and pub legends were shot on the same locations where they originally occurred. Locals appear in many small parts; they are the descendants of those who lived through the events in the region made famous by Karel Václav Rais's novel Remote Patriots. Tales taken from the famous local pub mingle with the traditional spiritualism of the foothills to create a mosaic that reflects the collective memory of the village. Lofty patriotic ideals are followed by the harsh reality of the pub. Charming performances by local amateurs are the highlight in the two hours of fun and nostalgia set in the rugged but beautiful mountains where life can be equally rough.
What Language Does the Lord Speak…?
The documentary portrait presents a mountain farmer from Velká Úpa who was shot. The story of Friedrich Kneifel's family mirrors the collective fates of the Sudeten Germans from eastern Krkonoše.
The Second Life of Lidice
The documentary strives for a new approach to the bequest of the 1942 tragedy. It is a follow-up to the remarkable documentary "A Silent Village", made by British director Humphrey Jennings.
A Story About a Bad Dream
A documentary film based on the memoirs of Eva Erbenová.
Story of Survivors from Patria
A documentary film which describes the destiny of Jewish refugees in the occupied Europe of 1940. After a miserable voyage through the warring world, their ship reached the Palestinian coast. However, the colonial government refused to accept them so they made an attempt at destroying the ship which was supposed to transport them to another place. In 1998 it was awarded the FIAT/IFTA prize.
Greetings from the Land Where Yesterday Meant Tomorrow
The film describes the conditions in the streets of Moscow.
A stylized documentary film tracking the changes in the remotest Slovak village at the very edge of the Orava Region at the Slovak-Polish border. The film's subject can be traced through nearly all of Eastern Europe. It could be referred to as "images from the fringes of an integrated continent". The film is a follow-up to a 20-year-old documentary film about a mountain village which, in the course of a single generation, underwent changes that took generations in most regions of former Czechoslovakia. The local ethnic community is very distinct - sometimes even considered to be a separate nationality of the so-called Goral people - and has strong ties not only to Slovakia but also to Poland and the Czech Republic. To a large extent, the gradual decline of specific folklore points to the loss of identity, which is also the main message of this forthcoming documentary film.
Return of Sequestered Patriots
The Extinct World of Karel Pecka
A profile of Czech poet and novelist Karel Pecka.
Boris Rösner´s Theatre of Crazy Dramas
A portrait of the renowned Czech actor Boris Rösner (25.1.1951 - 31.5.2006) with a clip of a study of the play Frederick.
The Baluty Ghetto
I discovered the Baluty district three years ago, almost by chance. It looks much like in surviving wartime photographs. Today, the devastated houses are inhabited by a highly unusual social group which differs distinctly from the remaining population of Lodz... as if the borders of the ghetto still existed. Our film illustrates human misery and the horror of a landscape touched by horror through the survivors' wartime stories.
Documentary film made from previous footage is a collective reflection of crisis in Czech Television at the end of 2000 and early 2001.
Stone and Knowledge/650 anni Universitatis Carolinae
Documentary on the history of Charles University produced for the 650th anniversary of its foundation.
The Diary of Mr Pfitzner
Documentary about the life and times of Josef Pfitzner, a professor at the former German university in Prague and deputy mayor of Prague during the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia.
A document in which the life journeys of certain individuals who have returned from exile come together - not only a portrait of a large group of Czech living in two homes but also their reflection of our current domestic situation and inter-personal relations.
William Shakespeare from the Arapaho Tribe
Documentary film from Native American reservations in Arizona and Wyoming, USA.
School Days Love
A documentary about a realtionship that had to wait thirty years to be fulfilled.
Three portraits of three incredible lives joined by the chance survival of Nazi concetration camp hell. The rebirth of the three women became an unforgettable bond for each of them, even though fate keeps them far apart from one another, even though they were separetad by continental frontiers and political regimes.
The World According to Klepl
A humorous portrait of actor bohumil Klepl whose colourful range of theatre roles is nothing more than a quest to find his own life story and vice-versa. This charming life tragedian thus compensates for his troubles by creating illusions of geniuses "on the stages of the world".
Lend Half an Ear, People
A music documentary about the Czech-Moravian Music Society, a band which inspires listeners with its folklore but also shapes it for today's audience.
Four Pair of Shoes
A lenghty documentary portrait of prof. Jan Wiener, a descendant of the famous Jewis family who emigrated several times during his life. He fled a war-torn Europe during the Second World War and returned as an RAF serviceman, he was sent into forced labour for five years during the fifities, he then worked cutting down trees, during the 1960s he left for the USA where he taught history, he looked after buffalo and and finally became a university professor of history. At the age of 77, he works as a mountain guide and has still retained his proverbial sence of humour.
A Golden Triangle in the Heart of Europe
The extremely unsufficient legislation of the European pharmaceutical market has enabled the greatest supplies of precursors (base material for the production of drugs) to infiltrate the USA market. The country of origin is, however, the Czech Republic where the increasing trend for the use of intoxicating materials continues to be grossly underestimated.
Stopover in Saigon
A documentary essay capturing the atmosphere of contemporary Vietnam.
The War Is Over, Let's Forget...?
A document made during the celebrations commemorating the end of the Second World War. It reflects on whether the greatest world war is now part of the past or whether its legacy is still alive.
From Home to Home
A documentary about compatriots living in the South Africa.
World War Inside Us
Thoughts about the consequences of the World War II in connection with the European situation of today on the background of the 5Oth anniversary if the Invasion of Normandy.
A recording of travels through New England and neighbouring states on the east coast of the USA.
Racing Wheels on Powdery Snow
Documentary film about the possibilities of using geothermal energy in the Czech Republic.
Only One Chance with Life
Documentary of the neurosurgical clinic at Prague´s Military Hospital in the Střešovice district.
Mardi Gras in Postřekov, or How One Fool Fools the Rest into Being Fools
Documentary film showing the folk tradition in Postřekov at the Domažlice region (CR).
South Africa Where To?
A documentary about the first multiracial elections in South Africa.
The Paseky Festival
A documentary about the inhabitants of Paseky (also known from the a fanous book as "god-forsaken patriots"), about their attitude to music and about the Paseky Music Summer Festival.
A funny narration of a young man from the village Kova-Kova in Kazankul and shots describing the world of aborigines from Upper Transvaal and other places in South Africa.
Theatre for the Skilled
Documentary film on two seasons of a traditional Prague puppet theatre. After teatring down the former Central Puppet Theatre on Senovážné square in Prague, the group and puppets were homeless. They wandered through the city until they discovered the old Scaut cinema, where they settled. This venue on Vodičkova street in Prague was as a theatre and thus the new modern puppet theatre Minor was born.
Premieval Theraphy or How?
Documentary film on a division of experimental archaeology that acquaints the viewer with a programme that has existed for roughly a year called the Prague Division of Mammoths which isn´t just full of romantic adventures. It also includes struggles with the pitfalls of the contemporary world.
A Memorial to the Second Resistance of Vladimír Preclík
A film chronicle of the Czech academic sculptor Vladimír Preclík's work on the monument of the Second Resistance, which stands in Klárov in Prague, including author's narrative on personal and proffesional issues.
With professor Jan Wiener, known from the documentary Four PAirs of Shoes (dir. Pavel Štingl, 1997), we will this time travel through North America, to the places of native American history.
The story of inconsistent character of the Czechoslovak resistance during the Second World War, wireless operator of the ZINC group Viliam Gerik - "the national traitor", executed by a people´s court after the war.
Cesta k cestě
Almost 250 years ago earl František Antonín Špork and sculptor Matyáš Bernard Braun wanted to realize Calvary, which should have connected Hospital of Kuks with Braun’s Bethlehem. Intention remained unfulfilled. This idea was approached by o.s. Calvary, which was established by academic sculptor Vladimír Preclík five years ago. After many discussions group gained to conclusion, that to imprint traditional legend, which is showing us the crucial stops of Jesus last journey by liturgics language since Francis from Assisi, is no longer actual. Plan evolved into individual reflection of traditional motive. In the project called “Journey of Hope and Misery of Man” were participating our fifteen most significant sculptors - Vojtěch Adamec, Jan Koblasa, Stanislav Hanzík, Marius Kotrba, Jan Hendrych, Elen a Ivan Jilemničtí, Daniel Klose, Václav Fiala, Čestmír Mudruňka, Michal Šarše, Jiří Marek, Jaromíra Němcová, Jiří Kačer.
My Neighbour Killed Heydrich
The story of the last direct witness to remember the participants in the Reinhard Heydrich assassination. An epic about a Moravian farmer persecuted by all regimes of the last century. A life's journey of a 92-year-old farmer who has always been able to support himself and his family on a small plot of land. He was found at fault for his individual courage, an extraordinary man who has always stood apart for his decency and his need to walk down his own path and his own piece of free land.
Eugenics was once considered more groundbreaking than the invention of the wheel. It was supposed to save mankind from serious genetic loads. After World War II, the term almost disappeared from the world’s dictionaries. Science was misused by criminal ideology for the selective criteria of a perfect nation. However, it was not the politicians but the scientists who determined the criteria. Unique archive material will be used to create a fantastic vision of the future which turns into a mass murder. A reflection on the boundaries between science and pseudoscience in the past, present, and future.