Modern Times Review @ Ji.hlava IDFF
25 - 30 October, 2022
The Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival is the largest festival of creative documentary films in Central and Eastern Europe. It draws attention to documentaries notable for their innovative visual style and a deeper social reflection and confrontation.
The 2022 Ji.hlava IDFF runs from 25 to 30 October 2022.
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by Truls Lie
Four films and two books – can they capture something about this newly dead legend of cinema? Let me try, especially with Godard’s intellectual autobiography and two new films about him.
Marek Hovorka on the Ji.hlava's place within the wider industry landscape, his thoughts on the art vs content debate, and on its extensive film and event programme.
Director: Kristy Guevara-Flanagan
Exploring the female body in Hollywood by tracing the making of sex scenes, the toll it takes on those involved, and what it means for women in the real world.
Director: Jonathan Perel
A son's search for meaning at the site of a former Argentinian concentration camp where his mother «disappeared» in the 1970s.
Director: Lucie Králová
Recovering a silenced composer.
Director: Coşkun Aşar
Legendary Magnum photographer Josef Koudelka revisits more than 200 Hellenistic and Roman ancient cities he had shot over the past 26 years.
Director: Cem Kaya
An insight into the unique liveliness of a forgotten subculture from emigrated Turkish guest workers and their grandchildren in Germany.
Director: Sasha Kulak
A dreamy figure takes us through the protesting crowds of 2020 Belarus as dreams turn to nightmares.
Director: Zaynê Akyol
Uncovering the history of the Islamic State through the lenses of its now-detained members, capturing the reality of life in a land ravaged by war.
Director: Nataša Urban
How a dark past remains in the present.
Director: Sergei Loznitsa
Sergei Loznitsa’s sombre documentary, The Natural History of Destruction, re-examines the heavy bombing of British and German cities during World War Two, posing the question – ‘is it morally acceptable to kill civilian populations as a means of war?’
Director: Sergei Loznitsa
Footage from a Soviet war crimes trial in Kiev in 1946 underscores today's atrocities committed by the heirs to the Red Army in Ukraine.
Director: Veronika Lišková
It's more than icebergs and permafrost vanishing in the Arctic as a young anthropologist discovers in Svalbard, Norway.
Director: Rachel Lears
Four young women of colour take the fight for a Green New Deal to Congress.
The following text introduces the concept of the retrospective of Philippine documentary cinema that will be presented at this year’s festival in Ji.hlava IDFF.