This ethnographic documentary portrays the life of the Yezids, worshippers of an ancient religion from the area of Kurdistan. The Yezidian religion is religion of a small number of the Kurds and belongs among the oldest strata of the religious and spiritual life in the area known as Mesopotamia. Yezid communities live a reclusive life and never let people of different faith into their environment. The film director visited and filmed worshippers in Armenia, Syria, Iraq and Germany. The most sacred places of the Yezids are situated in the valley of Lalish, near Mosul in Iraq. The director managed to capture environments that usually remain inaccessible to foreigners.
The Legacy from Prémontré
Premonstratesian monastery in the town of Teplá was again brought to life when the friars moved back in 1990. In the devasted buildings they have been continuing with the activities of their community that had been interrupted.
Afghanistan - The Country of Peace and Swords
Czech filmmakers have visited the Afghan provinces of Logar and Wardak and shared the life in small combat outposts with U.S., Czech, and Afghan troops who fight the Taliban. The poorly armed insurgents are neither able to defeat the coalition forces nor to take control over cities. However, they can damage roads and other infrastructure, generally make life difficult for the Afghan administration, and maintain a shadow rule over a large part of the population. Their goal is to weaken the Alliance’s determination to keep fighting. Leading a war against the invisible enemy, how do the coalition forces manage to keep lines of communication open, protect the civilian population, and build schools? How is the cooperation working with local leaders?