Football and Political Observation

dok.revue 3.16

Illustration: Michaela Kukovičová

Two Czech documentaries made it to this year’s official selection at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The first one, FC Roma, by Rozálie Kohoutová and Tomáš Bojar, recounts the fates of a Roma football team that other teams refuse to play with. Our interview in which they talk about their creative collaboration also touches upon the specifics of writing a script for a football match.

This issue’s situational review of the film, Difficult Choice, about presidential elections in Slovakia brought together documentarian Jan Látal, the author of campaigns e.g. for the Green Party, lecturer and curator Andrea Slováková and Slovak sociologist Michal Vašečka.

In her film Helena’s Law, the author, director and actor Petra Nesvačilová narrates both the story of Helena Kahnová, who put the “Berdych gang” behind the bars, and speaks about her own filmmaking experience.

Between January 1 and the end of May of this year, Czech Television presented over 1,300 documentaries. Our Sport section features an analysis of Czech Television’s programme scheme focusing on the statistics of premieres and repeats of various types of documentaries.

At the end you can find an article by American journalist Daniel Walber who offers his perspective of the section at the 19th Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival.

27. 06. 2016

from current issue:

New releaseShooting About KunderaDocumentarian Miloslav Šmídmajer describes the process of making a documentary about Milan Kundera with the working title “Milan Kundera: From the Joke to Insignificance.” Miloslav ŠmídmajerThemeNest in the bedroomPeter Hames, well-known British film historian and author of the book The Czechoslovak New Wave sent his remembrance to Karel Vachek to our magazine.Peter HamesThemeNever stop laughingPaolo Benzi, the Italian film producer and founder of the independent film production company Okta Film, describes for dok.revue how he met famous Czech documentary filmmaker Karel Vachek, who passed away last year. Paolo Benzi is also the main tutor of the Emerging producers in Ji.hlava IDFF.Paolo BenziThemeBehold, if the river is turbulent he is not frightenedIn this English issue of dok.revue we have collected some remembrances to Karel Vachek, the respected Czech documentarist who died in December 2020 at the age of 80. One of the contributors is Olaf Möller, a well-known film theorist and critic collaborating with many renowned film magazines (Film Comment or Sight & Sound), film museums and festivals (e.g. Il Cinema Ritrovato or International Film Festival Rotterdam).Olaf MöllerThemeEvery human being should get to wear comfy shoesThe Czech documentarist Karel Vachek was a chairperson of the jury at Yamagata international documentary film festival (YIDFF) in 2009. The board member of YIDFF and the former director of this festival, Asako Fujioka, has a remembrance of him smoking his pipe and going to the mountains with Japanese poet and filmmaker Yoshimasu Gozo to recite poetry to the skies.Asako FujiokaThemeLike the dog on the beach...American film historian Alice Lovejoy writes her remembrance of Karel Vachek, the remarkable Czech documentarist to whom we dedicate this English issue of dok.revue.Alice LovejoySportPandemic as an opportunityJi.hlava's Emerging Producers discuss the opportunity that can emerge from crisisSteve RickinsonInterviewThe times of lifelong careers are overAn interview with documentarian Jindřich Andrš, whose film A New Shift won the Czech competition section Czech Joy at Ji.hlava IDFF2020.Vojtěch KočárníkInterviewGoing to the Polish Turf with Our Own TeamInterview with documentary filmmakers Filip Remunda and Vít Klusák about their latest joint film project Once Upon a Time in Poland that shows how religion and faith are misused in contemporary Poland for mass manipulation and political purposes. The film‘s Czech premiere was held as part of the Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival 2020.Kamila BoháčkováIntroductionDok.revue 1.21This issue is dedicated to the doyen of Czech documentary filmmaking Karel VachekKamila Boháčková