The festival says this about this years categories:
Among the 2013 One World programme categories are: The Power of the Media – investigating the influence of information in the contemporary world; Side Effects – featuring films about health care in the West and developing countries; Journeys to Freedom – featuring films about non-democratic countries in which the People in Need works; and So-Called Civilisation – focusing on lifestyle aspects in close relationship to the nature. Films featured in the Main Competition and the Right to Know categories will compete for the festival awards. Last but not least, the festival will also present the latest Czech documentaries as well.
Drahomíra Vihanová at Dukla Reform, Jihlava, October 2012
…meanwhile a short distance away from Prague in the Kino Mír, Beroun, FITES, the Czech Film and Televsion Union, held their own awards. Legendary director Drahomíra Vihanová picked up the Vladislav Vančura award to those who have shaped the history of Czech cinema. Amongst previous winners are František Vláčil, Jiří Menzel, Jan Švankmajer, and Jan Němec.
Drahomíra was the subject of the documentary film Umanutá (Stubborn) shown at the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival in October. Blatant excuse to reel out the photo of Drahhomíra I took after the screening.
The famous Barrandov Studios in Prague celebrates its 80th birthday today, 25 January 2013. The studios were vital to the growth of the Czechoslovak film industry during the 30s. They formed the backbone of the nationalised film industry in the communist era, and sadly fell into trouble since the 1990s.
The threat of prosecution has lifted for Slovak documentary film maker Zuzana Piussi. The case has cast a shadow over Slovak film makers, who have felt threatened if they pursue stories linked to the usual suspects of corruption, politicians and the legal system. Read more about the story here.
Zuzana’s films include Disease of the Third Power, a documentary about black holes in the Slovak judiciary system and the state of law in Slovakia. Her most recent film is Od Fica do Fica, again a study of the Slovak political system. See the trailer here: