20:00 Bohu žel
ocument, CZ, 2018, 86 min, Saša Dlouhý
The Czech Republic has been shaken by a virtual refugee crisis for several years now. This documentary by Saša Dlouhý places the hysteria in sharp contrast to the real picture of the lives of six people who are looking for a refuge in this country.
“I haven’t seen my son in four years, and I’ve never met my granddaughter; we only talk on Skype,” says Zurab, a Georgian who has been waiting for asylum in Prague for 20 years. Vladimir from Russia, who was persecuted by his government for his public apology for the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, was more fortunate: he received asylum for his whole family. The Syrian Hadí, meanwhile, feels totally unwelcome in the Czech Republic. The stories of six people escaping war or persecution are similar. They are united by a desire for a fresh start. Representatives of refugee organisations in the film wonder what has happened to the solidarity of Czech society since the early 1990s, when it offered a helping hand to thousands of Bosnians fleeing Yugoslavia. And they ask against whom the hate disguised as patriotism is directed.
13:00 – 14:00
Hubert Hesoun, Czech Rep., 2017, 20 min
životní příběhy sedmi dobrovolníků cizinců žijících v České republice
“The Taste of Homeland”
Zeina Kanawati, 7 min, Berlin 2017
“Ženy od vedle / The Women Next Door”
Režie/Directed by: Theodora Remundová
Produkce/Produced by: Sdružení pro integraci a migraci, DW Agentura
Česky s anglickými titulky/Czech with English subtitles, 42 min
Four women, four life stories that were influenced by the war. The film captures the testimony of migrant women, which in the 90s had fled from war-torn Yugoslavia to the Czech Republic. Through personal stories and memories film mediates their lives, from escaping Bosnia and Herzegovina, through difficult job search and struggle to survive in a foreign country, to balancing how new life changed their family life and social status. At a deeper level, from the perspective of twenty years of life in a new home, the film talks about what essential and often irreversible changes refugee status brings.
The movie was created within the project “Women at the Sidelines (?)”, which was supported by the Open Society Fund Prague from the Let’s Give (Wo)men a Chance programme, funded from Norway Grants. Project was implemented by the Association for Integration and Migration, Faculty of Humanities – Charles University in Prague and University of Bergen.
George Kurian, Norsko 2015, 55 min
A first-hand account of the perilous journey made by a group of Syrian refugees. Traversing land and sea on an old fishing boat manned by smugglers, the nail-biting journey leads to Europe where the refugees disperse. Each must battle to stay sane and create an identity among the maze of regulations and refugee hostels. The Crossing shows us the lengths to which people go to find safety and forge their own destiny.
Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami, Írán, Německo, Švýcarsko 2015, 91 min
After her family attempts to sell her into marriage, a young Afghan refugee in Iran channels her frustrations and seizes her destiny through music. Grabbing the mic, she spits fiery rhymes in the face of oppressive traditions.
Justyna Tafel, 42 min, EU
“Sisters” is a documentary about the incredible strength of women around the world.
It is a story of three Afghan sisters – Gaisu, Zohra, and Parastu – their dreams and their fight for freedom. SISTERS touches upon the issue of “sisterhood” – between them as well as between other women whom the main characters have encountered in their lives. The movie conveys the message of “sisterhood”, which is possible between women of the East and West.