Football and Political Observation

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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:

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