11. 10. 2017 19:01



The information feed has reached an incredible speed and there is less and less time left for critical thinking that is so important. Thus the documentaries frequently take over the analytical role from the ordinary media. They provide enough space for more voices, for more ideas, for more details, for deeper examination of the problem, for broader context whether it is directly on the cinema/TV screen or inside the viewer’s mind. However, even a documentary can’t work on its own, without context, without attention.

That is why is this new documentary section, meant primarily for pupils and students of elementary and secondary schools and their teachers, going to introduce six Czech documentary works screenings of which will be followed by a debate not with the filmmakers but with experts on the presented topic.

Thus there will be an expert on nature of the Pilsen Region waiting for the student after the naturally scientific excursion of the Czech landscape Planeta Česko (“Wilder than Wilderness”). After the film Český sen (“Czech Dream”) we will speak about the power of marketing and advertising. Upon our return from the world of fantasy depicted in Normální autistický film (“Normal Autistic Film”) it will come to conversation about the subjects of otherness and human dissimilarity that don’t have to be perceived as a handicap. How to defend against internet aggressors, how to use social networks safely and how to avoid widespread cyber-bullying – theses topics will be discussed after screening the documentary Děti online (“Children online”). We will also hear out youtubers and sociologists dedicated to the so called Y generation whose reflection is captured in the film Nejsledovanější (“Following”). Last but not least we are going to visit two Vietnamese families in the films Malá (“The Little One”), Mat goc and Bo Hai. They will stimulate the debate about the widespread Vietnamese community and about the relationship between children and their parents.

I believe that this pilot project of screening of and debating about documentary films touching more or less serious topics will allow the schoolchildren, students and teachers to break free from the syllabus for a while and to fully examine the outside world.

Jitka Lanšperková, programmer of the section of documentary films for elementary and secondary schools