Jihlava 2017 Overview

Festival:
The 21st Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival

Dates:
October 24-29

About:
Approximately 90 new and recent features, in addition to shorts and retrospective programming, make up this well-regarded Czech Republic nonfiction event.

MISSING

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.

THE DISPOSSESSED

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.

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