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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.

Durban Poison

The Stable Theatre was the first independent black theatre in South Africa, founded in the racially and culturally mixed city of Durban. Its most famous product is Broadway playwright and pop star Mbongeni Ngema, a controversial figure tainted by scandal and accusations of racism. In an attempt to return to his roots, Ngema begins work on an ambitious new musical designed to tell the Stable's history. Unseen fault lines are crossed, and corruption, fraud and politics threaten to engulf the project. At the same time, the film's producer Deon Maas unexpectedly becomes a reality TV celebrity and decides to use his new public notoriety to investigate the situation. As the musical collapses and the theatre itself slides into failure, the film becomes a road movie through the minefield of contemporary South African politics and a search for the deeper problems at the heart of the Stable Theatre's collapse.

Body Parts

Even if the War recedes its signs remain typed into the earth torn to pieces and into the human memory with its bloody prints. The body of this earth is burnt with shells and torn with mines, and we are the Parts of it. The characters of the film, the young Caucasian guys, are the children of the war that destroyed their childhood and youth, substituted them with sufferings and children's memories with nothing to remember. They don't lose the courage - they get education, get married, raise children and talk about everything - the world, people, love and God. They will never forget the bygone, but they overcome it - they are living on their land, fight and want to make their Motherland free and happy. They are the dignified children of their people. In this black & white film past, present and future are mixed up into one color of all times and nations - the color of War.

Private Century - A Stroke of Butterfly Wings

A Stroke of Butterfly Wings is a view into the family background of composer Václav Felix from the 1930s to 1980s. It shows the sequence of events and context in which Václav's procommunist attitude was formed. Václav's emotional relationship with his parents was extremely strong. He saw his father as a great model which he strove to reach and his mother as a protector from whom he sought understanding. However, from 1948 Václav's personal life began to unwind in connection with the political situation in Czechoslovakia. Václav fully identified with the ideology of the Communist party. His ideology also determined his private, personal decisions, such as the choice of his life partner, and caused a difficult relationship with his father who spent time in a Communist prison. The political ideology also affected his career of a composer. He found refuge in his hobby - collecting butterflies. The ups and downs of his life enable us to observe the roots of Václav's worldview and the reasons behind his lifelong beliefs.

Private Century - A Low-level Flight

Low-level Flight is a story from the 1960s and 70s, following the relationship of Táňa and Václav, a fighter pilot in the Czechoslovak army. Táňa was captivated by Václav. He was an attractive, very determined and ambitious man. She accepted his career in the Czechoslovak army and often travelled with him during his study stays in the USSR. The relationship grew cold due to Václav's alcoholism and the marriage was over. Soon after, Václav's fighter pilot career ended by his tragic death.

Private Century - Small Russian Clouds of Smoke

Small Russian Clouds of Smoke tells the story of the Popov family who settled in Prague and became one of prominent families of the pre-war Russian emigration in Czechoslovakia. The private and political turmoil which he captured on film offers a unique account of life seventy years ago. Russian emigrant Vladimír Dimitrievič Popov and his family settled in Czechoslovakia in the 1920s. Cigarette machines that were Popov's invention secured a decent living for him. Popov was successful in running his business and he strove to do the same with his family, mainly his daughters Gali and Marusja. The personalities of the two women were as different as were their lives. While the amiable Gali adapted to the Czech environment well and settled there, resistant Marusja sought her own way and in the end returned back to the Soviet Union.

Private Century - See you in Denver

The life story of each of us is unique and unrepeatable. The „Private Century" shows history as intimate human stories. The fate of two generations of Hvanhara family depicted through 1920 - 1970 is an apt reflection of the fate of Czechoslovakia of 20th century. František was born in Žižkov neighbourhood in Prague. His father was the founder of film a distributors company and a network of cinemas. American slapsticks and mainly Westerns formed the world, in which he grew up. The stories from the pre-war cinemas influenced František for his whole life. „See you in Denver" - that was a quotation of their favourite heroes, which they as boys used to say good-bye.

Private Century - Statuary of Granddad Vinda

Statuary of Granddad Vinda is a story of sculptor Vincenc Havel who lived in the Opava region of north Moravia in the 1950s. His film memories are a set of images that nicely depict this interesting personality, which is firmly anchored in the milieu of 1950s. Vincenc was a nonconformist and eccentric who could not get along with anybody and who was always fighting with everyone. He was a sculptor. At the beginning of tje 1950s, he made a sculpture of Klement Gottwald. Besides recognition by the state, the commission also raised envy. Therefore he retired into his house where he also built his studio. His house served him as a fort against the outside world. He was equally uncompromising in the upbringing of his daughter. The discrepancies that had originated in this relationship were a heavy burden for him later on. His whole life was a fight for recognition he would never receive.

Private Century - Daddy and Lili Marlene

Daddy and Lili Marlene is a loose sequel to the "King of Velichovky" episode. The story is narrated from the perspective of little Eva who recollects her memories of Velichovky farmstead and mainly her parents: daddy and Lili. The family films present us with an intimate view of their life and the relationships within the family. Velichovky is a village on the Czech-German border. Saisser was a successful farmer here. He had three daughters. Lili was the eldest. She was beautiful and vivacious. She fell in love with a young doctor from Prague and spent several happy years with him. Little Eva remembers the years they spent together in Velichovky and Prague to be the happiest time of her life. Even though the war started. During that time Little Eva became very fond of wartime hit "Lilli Marlene" which she associated with her mother. However the sweet life in Praque charmed Lili so much that she became increasingly separated from her family. Eva became closely attached to her father whom she loved dearly and never called him anything but "Daddy." The end of the war and the rule of communism brought yet more turmoil into Eva's life, at times more dramatic than the whole war.

Goodbye, How Are You?

Introducing Serbian satirical aphorisms, the smart kind of humour which enraged Tito and the communists, ridiculed Milošević and the nationalists and soothed our way through transition and the Eurocrats. Like it or not, you are also in there.

 

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