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Aftermath

The Nicobars are a small archipegalo in the Indian Ocean, where one of the last indigenous people lived almost like in a time capsule for 900 years. When the Tsunami struck them in 2004 not only a third of their population died but they were also thrown into a modern world through the wave of aid and relief organisations that arrived on their shores. This aftermath proved to be a bigger catastrophe for their culture than the Tsunami. Today the organisations are leaving and the money is spent. But the Nicobaris embark on the search for a new identity.

Polish Illusions

Retired American helicopter pilot Mark Buller has after his military service in Frankfurt moved to Poland to find a new home for his growing collection of army vehicles and his final missing piece—a wife. He finds a helper and admirer in the young, local Michał Niewczas - or 'Mike', as he prefers to be called. Mike engages in helping Mark realize his dream retirement. At the other end of town, Jan Konstantynow - the community's 82-year-old magician - does not plan retirement at all. But when the local cultural centre appoints a new director, Jan is forced to fight for his place in the spotlight. It seems that everyone here has shaped the world in their own heads, but can a comfortable illusion make you a happier person?

Great Opportunity

Until the crisis of 2008, some eight thousand Mongolians came to work in the Czech Republic; since that time, the numbers reduced by half. Unlike other nationalities, most of them usually end up working at the very bottom of the production chain and services. Most of them had left for the West with a vision of improving their life standard and securing the lives of their children. These visions, however, are often problematic and the way back is not easy. To be able to start a new life in a country remote from their homeland and to secure a working position there, they were often forced to sell all their belongings. The film presents various examples of how Mongolians cope with the reality of life and work in the Czech Republic.

Necessity of Choice

This long-form observation compares the situation of prisoners sentenced for life with the situation of those who leave their prison cells after several years. What does a man do after years spent wating to get out? How does he cope with the fact that everything is different from what he imagined? What choices will he make? Will the situation be at least a little similar to what he expected? And what decisions are left for a prisoner sentenced for life? This film follows twists and turns in the lives of its protagonists. Based on the prisoner's stories, the film also ponders the universal issue of how to best deal with time and freedom.

Shadows of the Past

"Forgive your enemies but never forget their names." (J. F. Kennedy). For the first time people from the opposing sides of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, Czechs and Russians face each other on screen. Shadows of the past tells the story of a Russian dissident who protested the invasion, the daughter of one of the hundreds of people killed by the invading soldiers, a Soviet soldier who played an active role in the invasion and a Czech driver who witnessed the shootings. The stories of these everyday people, playing out in the background of a decision by powerful politicians, are a confrontation of motivations, attitudes, judgements and also of the repercussions they faced for their decisions. All this from todays perspective – forty years later. Who is guilty and who is a victim in a regime that gave people the choice of staying faithful or betraying themselves?

One Day Today Will Be Once

In a small church in Halberstadt, in the former East Germany, a pipe organ plays avant-garde composer John Cage's „Organ2/ASLSP" (Organ squared/As SLow aS Possible) a single note at a time - and will do so without interruption until the year 2640, resulting in a 639-year long concert. In a humorous but also thoughtful way the film shows different sides of this mind-boggling project: on one hand the long and overly intellectual wrestles among the initiators, on the other the volunteering staff members' direct and practical way of dealing with all the work that surrounds such a project. These two perspectives make ONE DAY TODAY WILL BE ONCE a film bursting with moving as well as humorous moments - attuned to the question of humanity's perception of time.

Time's Up

Being confronted with the finiteness of life in a car accident while having theirunborn baby inside, the filmmakers Marie-Catherine Theiler and Jan Peters suddenlyrealize that their lives have become way too hectic. They spend too much precioustime rushing from one appointment to another, hunting deadline after deadline. Theydecide to change their lives and slow down. But how? During a humorous odysseyfrom one time-expert to the next, Marie-Catherine and Jan ask the questions most of us would like to know the answers to… Within the timeframe of Marie-Catherine's pregnancy, the directors of TIME'S UP leave no stone unturned, examiningwith wit and irony how today's society – and above all they themselves – deal with the subject of 'time'.

Bear Islands

In "Bear Islands", director Martin Ryšavý continues his exploration of subjects related to the Sakha Republic, or Yakutia, Russia's Far Eastern Federal District. The film captures the life of residents in the remotest part of the territory, Nizhnekolymsky Ulus. Bear Islands are located in the East Siberian Sea at the mouth of the Kolyma River. The camera follows park rangers who take care of the nature reserve as they travel to an isolated polar station through the vast space where the past meets the present. A portrait of a landscape, its history and people who inhabit it.

Earthlings, Who Are You Voting for?

The film shows that even mentally handicapped people can get their bearings in public spaces and have a political opinion. The crew followed a phenomenon which affects all of us; elections to the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic. They participated in pre-election meetings, recording surveys of unusual topics with citizens as well as politicians. External cameras captured everything; the reactions of the security personnel, the supporters as well as opponents of particular political parties. The film crew also investigated whether pre-election promises are but empty slogans, attempting to reveal to which extent the prejudice against everything that is not "completely normal" is still rooted in the Czech society 20 years after the revolution.

God Let Us Be Well

The scenery of ordinary people and ordinary countryside is captured by the cameras of Czech ethnologists. The film offers insight into everyday life in the mountain villages of Eastern and Western Serbia along with its aging population.

 

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