New TV Formats – What Are the Possibilities?

This year’s last issue of dok.revue follows up on the concept introduced in the previous year.

Rather than to categorise, we search for relations across the whole range of documentary production and its connection not only with social topics. Over the year, a total of six issues of dok.revue have been published, providing varied perspectives of the documentary world through the lens of history, philosophy, aesthetics, film theory and, last but not least, the perspective of the documentarians themselves. As the imaginary icing on the cake, we offer a traditional overview of crucial film and literary experiences of persons active on the Czech and Slovak documentary scene, including filmmakers, producers, film historians and pedagogues. Our annual Survey will tell you what films and books had the greatest influence on our documentary scene. But instead of a “top ten chart”, the survey aims to inspire the readers to discover new and long-forgotten things.

Head of the Documentary Department of Swedish SVT, Axel Arnö, and his colleague from Danish TV DR, Kim Christiansen, will talk about the new developments in the TV world and beyond the boundaries of the documentary universe. What are the possibilities of new formats introduced in international TV production and how to use them in the Czech context? Read a reportage from our workshop entitled The Boundaries of Film.

One of the two documentary films to have received a Special Mention at the 19th annual Jihlava IDFF was Czechs Against Czechs by Tomáš Kratochvíl. A personal diary of a young director, who, after his divorce, moved to a Roma ghetto in the Ústí nad Labem region, is featured in our situational review. Three experts from various walks of life: visual artist Kateřina Šedá, historian and director of the Museum of Roma Culture, Jana Horváthová and professor Jiří Voráč, Head of the Film and Audiovisual Culture Institute at Masaryk University offer three entirely different perspectives of one film.

Kateřina Šedá also talks about her participation in the Inspiration Forum 2014 during which she introduced the participants to her artistic method. You can watch her entire Inspiration Forum 2014’s presentation in dok.revue’s regular Video section.

The Poem section brings the last piece of poetry written by the Czech essayist and poet, Ivan Diviš.

May the positive and inspirational vibe of 2015 stay with you in 2016!

21. 12. 2015

from current issue:

New releaseOn Adultery as Mirror of Our Own SelvesBarbora Jíchová Tyson, a visual artist, who has been living in America for seventeen years, has finished her first feature film Talking About Adultery this year. According to the author, the film is an essayistic collage and represents a perspective on humanity, which holds the mirror up to us all.Barbora Jíchová TysonNew releaseFREMWhat is it like to shoot a film in Antarctica? Is it possible to get into the head of artificial intelligence? And what is GAI? All this is described by the documentarist Viera Čákanyová in the text she wrote about her new film FREM in dok.revue.Viera ČákanyováNew releaseHavel Speaking, Can You Hear Me?What were the two last years in the life of former dissident, ex-president Václav Havel like? How did he reflect on the fact that he was gradually leaving this world? Documentarian Petr Jančárek talks about his upcoming documentary film capturing the final stretch of Havel’s, life, the rough cut of which was shown at the Ji.hlava IDFF in the Studio 89 section marking this year’s anniversary of the so-called Velvet Revolution.Petr JančárekThemeEmerging Czech female documentariansIs there a new tide of emerging female documentarians in Czech cinema? What’s fascinating about the work of Czech female filmmakers like Johana Ožvold, Greta Stocklassa or Viera Čákany?Will TizardSportHow to Teach Documentary FilmmakingThis year’s Ji.hlava IDFF offered a panel discussion on how documentary filmmaking is taught in Visegrad countries. Methods used to teach documentary filmmaking in different V4 countries were discussed by lecturers from selected schools. Vít Janeček introduced documentary courses at Prague’s FAMU, Attila Kékesi represented Hungarian University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest, Viera Čákanyová talked about study programmes at Slovak Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava – VSMU, and Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz discussed documentary education at National Film School in Lodz. What emerged from their fruitful discussion? Vít Janeček, Kamila Boháčková, Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz, Attila Kékesi, Peter KerekesPoemThe reanimation of Mr. PuiuKhavn De La CruzReviewA Place to Take a BreathThe film journalist Janis Prášil compares two documentary portraits of this year – Forman vs. Forman and Jiří Suchý: Tackling Life with Ease on his blog.Janis PrášilReview Music as a Lag Between Death and InfinityJanis Prášil ruminates on Solo – this year´s winner of Ji.hlava Czech Joy section – which comes to cinemas. Did the picture succeed in depicting the inner world, so hard to portray, of a mentally ill musician? And what if it is the illness itself which enables people to take a look into the grievous core of being?Janis PrášilReviewOn Sounds by ImageThe film journalist Antonín Tesař writes about the new film The Sound Is Innocent directed by Johana Ožvold.Antonín TesařInterviewGreta Stoklassa: I Read Rather than Preach the RealityAn interview with the director Greta StoklassaKamila BoháčkováInterviewTo Surprise MyselfWhile the main competition at the International Karlovy Vary Film Festival does not feature any Czech title, the festival’s documentary section has one Czech film to offer: A documentary road movie by Martin Mareček entitled Over the Hills exploring the relationship between a father and a son, as well as the distance that separates us from others. Unlike his previous socially engaged films, the latest title provides a personal and intimate insight. But as Martin Mareček put it in his interview for dok.revue – what is intimate is universal. Marek Hovorka, Petr Kubica, Kamila BoháčkováInterviewKarel Vachek: Films Just Have to Make You Laugh!One of the most original Czech filmmakers Karel Vachek made his ninth film novel called Communism and the Net or the End of Representative Democracy. Fifty years after Prague Spring and thirty years after the Velvet Revolution, Karel Vachek “with his inner laughter” looks back on the evolution of our society and predicts a transformation to direct democracy based on the possibilities of the internet that will allow for the engagement of the whole mankind without the need of representatives. His film Communism will be screened at the beginning of next year at the International Film festival Rotterdam.Kamila BoháčkováIntroductionCzech docs of the year 2019Welcome at the English double issue of dok.revue 2019. This winter issue looks back upon the Czech documentary scene in the year 2019 and serves as an annual book of the most (internationally) interesting Czech documentaries and articles about them at dok.revue.Kamila Boháčkovávideo dok.revueMasterclass: Sergej Dvorcevoj23rd Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival