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Ji.hlava - Film Festival

JI.HLAVA INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL - the largest event of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe, the festival is a celebration of creative documentary films. Ji.hlava pays tribute to courage and risk in the human spirit, highlighting documentaries with significant topics as artwork. Showcase presents a selection of 2017 and 2018 winning films.

The documentary film The Limits of Work recieved the Best Czech Documentary Film award and Audience Award at Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival in 2017.

Almost a fifth of Czech inhabitants work for less than $3.70/hour. Those people are referred to as „the working poor“. In this documentary film by Apolena Rychlíková, reporter Saša Uhlová takes on some of the worst paid jobs to expose the working conditions in today’s Czech Republic. She spent a few weeks in a hospital laundry services, in a poultry processing plant, behind a supermarket cash desk and in a waste recycling plant. Her experience served as a base for very personal newspaper articles about the invisible employees who work in horrible conditions. Apolena Rychlíková uses them to make a documentary film composed of scenes shot in Uhlová’s own home and during her time at work. The film not only shows the reality of working in these places, but also how Uhlová dealt with the duties of her new jobs, changes of environment, bad working conditions and separation from her family. By combining collected material, Rychlíková made an hour-long film for Český žurnál series called The Limits of Work.


Apolena Rychlíková (1989) studies documentary film at FAMU, Prague. She is very active in public space and is a contributor to Deník Referendum,  A2LARM and Romea.cz which also shows in her work. In Jihlava, she presented her films Hájem na zámkuPetr v podzámčí (2011) Padá vláda, něco si přej (2012), Rodina (2013), Expremiéři (2013). She longs to shoot a documentary film about Jaromír Jágr and Helena Fibingerová.

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