KineDok opens its new season with Pongo Calling screening

14. 6. 2023

Author: Anna Jurková

KineDok will be opening its new season on Monday, June 26 at 7 PM in the community outdoor space Planeta Za (Na Louži 7, Prague 10), you are cordially invited! The event is English friendly and admission is free.

Since May, KineDok has a new packed catalogue with eighteen films and one series of short films by documentary filmmakers from FAMU, which you will be able to see throughout the Czech Republic thanks to the screening venues. This year KineDok will also be celebrating its new season and we want you to be there with us. We will be screening the documentary film Pongo Calling about a truck driver, a father from a family and a brave activist who spoke out against the systematic bullying of the Roma population. The evening will also include a discussion with the film's producer Radim Procházka and protagonist Marek Pongo, and a DJ set.

Schedule of the evening:
19:00 doors
20:00 DJ set
21:00 film screening
22:30 discussion
23:00 end of the event

PONGO CALLING (director Tomáš Kratochvíl, 2022, Czech Republic, Slovakia, United Kingdom, 78 mins.)
When Miloš Zeman publicly casts Romani people as a non-working segment of the population, reinforcing stereotypes and hostility toward them, Štefan decides to take action. Through social networks, he will call on Romani people to post photos of their work and prove not only to Zeman, but to society as a whole that these stereotypes should be refuted, not reinforced. The truck driver has thus become an activist whose path leads him to public demonstrations in Brussels. However, director Tomáš Kratochvíl's aim is not only to show the birth of a "folk hero", but also the background of his family's life. The family has lived for many years as a fully-fledged part of British society. The film thus composes an epitaph not only to Štefan Pongo, who died in February 2022, and the diligence of the Roma community, but also to all the people who left the uncomfortable bubble of their homeland and were not afraid to start a better life elsewhere.

With his fifteen-year-old production bearing his name the newest credits are: THE YEAR BEFORE THE WAR by Davis Simanis, period art-house drama premiered in Big Screen cometition at IFFR 2021, almost six-hour essay COMMUNISM AND THE NET OR THE END OF REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY of Czech classic Karel Vachek and a portrait of pioneers of video art THE VASULKA EFFECT from director Hrafnhildur Gunnarsdóttir, best Icelandic Doc of 2019. He is in postpro with PONGO STORY, Czech-Slovak-British co-pro portrait of Manchester based Roma vloger and activist Pišta Pongo and his family. At the East Doc Market presenting WILD PRAGUE, blue-chip in production.

COUNT, a producer and DJ emerging from Brno, is a loyal servant of groove. Initially beggining his musical journey through funk and jazz fusion, he eventually stumbled his way into the electronic music scene. He is a devotee of syncopated fast & loose grooves, and all things dancy & sexy.

An episode of the True Story podcast featuring Nicole J. Adelman talking with the film's director, Tomáš Kratochvíl, was released about the film Pongo Calling.

Listen to the True Story podcast on Soundcloud | Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Podbean | Anchor

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