The 21st Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival
Approximately 90 new and recent features, in addition to shorts and retrospective programming, make up this well-regarded Czech Republic nonfiction event.
The festival’s main competition, Opus Bonum, includes: Farahnaz Sharifi’s MISSING
, an exploration of absence; Jean-Pierre Outers and Violaine de Villers’ CHINA, 87. THE OTHERS
, which explores China through footage shot in the 1980s; and Raya Kim’s A LONG FAREWELL
, in which residents of a Korean apartment building await its demolition.
NOISELESS, DESERT EXTRAS
First-time feature makers are spotlighted in First Lights, which includes: Gilles Lepore, Maciej Madracki, and Michal Madracki’s NOISELESS, DESERT EXTRAS
, about a Moroccan city known for its film extras; Rèmi De Gaalon and Jonathan Le Fourn’s SAVAGERY
, an exploration of a Brazilian city and its violence; and Sarah Vanhee’s THE MAKING OF JUSTICE
, an experimental meditation on crime and jutsice.
THIS IS WAR, BABY
Central and Eastern European works face off in Between the Seas, and include: Yurii Pupirin’s THIS IS WAR, BABY
, a look at the experiences of Ukrainian soldiers; Mihai Gavril Dragolea’s PHOENIXXX
, a portrait of Romanian porn webcam models; and Grigory Glyants’ BLIND CINEMA
, following blind Russians as they sail to Finland.
THE LIMITS OF WORK
Local work is featured in Czech Joy, including: Otakar Faifr’s ALONE
, a portrait of a solitary theatre actress; Apolena Rychlíková’s THE LIMITS OF WORK
, which profiles the worst-paid jobs in the Czech Republic; and Jana Počtová’s NON-PARENT
, a look at various nontraditional parenting scenarios.
Among the remaining competitive strands are A Testimony on Knowledge, with work like Jonathan Millet’s TELL ME ABOUT THE STARS
, about a 13-month Antarctic study; A Testimony on Politics, with Amir Yatziv’s ANOTHER PLANET
, about attempts to computer model Auschwitz; and A Testimony on Nature, with Mathieu Roy’s THE DISPOSSESSED
, a look at industry vs small-scale farmers.
THE CANDIDATE: THE RISE OF EMMANUEL MACRON
Noncompetitive sections include the Special Events, which offer Yann l’Hénoret’s behind-the-scenes profile THE CANDIDATE: THE RISE OF EMMANUEL MACRON
, and the latest in Helena Třeštíková’s longitudinal MARRIAGE STORIES
series; One Year in America, with Will Francome’s THE PENALTY
, which explores the death penalty, and Inderjit Kaur Khalsa’s WAR/PEACE
, on the Weather Underground; the music-focused Siren Test, with Toby Clarkson’s LITTLE TSUNAMIS
, an essay on sound artists; and Czech Television Documentaries, which include Hana Ludvíková-Muchová’s BYE BYE CHILDREN’S HOME
, a longitudinal portrait of three young adults as they leave institutionalized care, and Veronika Jonasova’s MAMMA FROM PRISON
, about motherhood behind prison bars.