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23rd Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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A Letter to a Friend in Gaza

director: Amos Gitai
original title: A Letter to a Friend in Gaza
country: Israel
year: 2018
running time: 34 min.
Czech Premiere

synopsis

A film about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict whose author shows uncompromising disapproval of the Gaza blockade, trying to stir responsibility in Israelis for their actions. As his basic tool, he uses readings of thematic stories and poems by Albert Camus, Mahmoud Darwish, Yizhar Smilansky and others.

biography

Amos Gitai (1950) made his debut film in 1972. He focuses on Israeli-Arab conflicts and his works have been presented at many festivals. Last year’s Ji.hlava IDFF screened his doc West of the River Jordan.

more about film

producer: Shuki Friedman, Laurent Truchot
photography: Oded Kirma
editing: Yuval Orr
hudba: Alex Claude

other films in the section

Report
A 700-minute documentary is a historical record of the changes of independent music across China. Film, mammoth and complete, shows evolution and conflicts in which several generations of Chinese society are involved.
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Report

Fan Wu
China / 2018 / 700 min.
section: Special Event
World Premiere
The Image Book
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The Image Book

Jean-Luc Godard
France, Switzerland / 2018 / 84 min.
section: Special Event
Czech Premiere
El Pepe: A Supreme Life
The story uf Uruguayan José “Pepe” Mujica’s is like no other: a humble man who became his country’s president by sticking true to his beliefs and at the same time embracing change. It is the story of a political activist and a former leftist guerrilla fighter from the Latin American left. „Pepe“ is proud of his past but far from resting on his laurels.
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El Pepe: A Supreme Life

Emir Kusturica
Serbia, Uruguay, Argentina / 2018 / 74 min.
section: Special Event
East European Premiere
Walked the Way Home
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Walked the Way Home

Eric Baudelaire
Italy, France / 2018 / 27 min.
section: Special Event
International Premiere
Aquarela
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Aquarela

Viktor Kossakovsky
Germany, United Kingdom / 2018 / 89 min.
section: Special Event
East European Premiere
One Day In The Haram
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One Day In The Haram

Abrar Hussain
United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia / 2018 / 85 min.
section: Special Event
Czech Premiere
Roi Soleil
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Roi Soleil

Albert Serra
Portugal, Spain / 2018 / 61 min.
section: Special Event
Czech Premiere
The Dead Nation
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The Dead Nation

Radu Jude
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section: Special Event
Czech Premiere
Pope Francis: A Man of His Word
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Pope Francis: A Man of His Word

Wim Wenders
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section: Special Event
Czech Premiere
Combat Obscura
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Combat Obscura

Miles Lagoze
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section: Special Event
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Meeting Gorbachev

André Singer, Werner Herzog
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section: Special Event
East European Premiere
Stories of Passers Through
An escape from Baghdad, loss of his close ones and home, a longstanding yearning for the homeland, searching for one’s place in the world: the author has suffered the whole lot. A neverending stream of news about the war, disrupted phone conversations along with the noise of airplane and trains – these are the touches in his painful journey. The film consists of a montage of older shots, pictures and staged scenes.
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Stories of Passers Through

Koutaiba Al-Janabi
Hungary, United Kingdom, Iraq / 2018 / 67 min.
section: Special Event
European Premiere
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Evropská unie
Město Jihlava
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