The second edition of KineDok organized by the Institute of Documentary Film is entering its second half, and so far there has been a great number of event-based screenings with film directors and interesting guests for Q&A's organized. The topics that were discussed by the guests and their audience were very diverse and covered not only the methods of the current creative documentary filmmaking but also practical questions of campaign making, psychological and sociological issues and many more.
Within the East Doc Platform programme organized for the film professionals during the One World International Film Festival, KineDok hosted an extra screening in Vinohrady Brewery that was open for public. The film 6 degrees, a road movie through different places, lifestyles and characters inspired by a theory that every person in the world can be reached through 6 personal connections was introduced by Filip Remunda and more than 100 people took part in the discussion with the director Bartosz Dombrowski after the screening, debating about choosing the right character for the documentary and not giving up when everything seems to be lost. Another screening of the film 6 degrees in Svět HUB was followed by a lecture and discussion with social media analyst Pavel Trejbal, who explained the 6 degrees of separation theory (which is the main driving force of the film) and its practical use within the internet but also when searching for a job.
Croatian director Igor Brezović attended the screening of Hungarian film Drifter, a close-up portrait of a rebellious race car-driving teen coping with the twists and turns of life in rural Hungary, in the Greta Galery in Zagreb. The audience took the opportunity to meet the director of the film Gábor Hörcher and the DOP Kristóf Becsey. Gábor also visited the Romanian KineDok screening in Truda town in Cluj County and talked with the audience about self-fulfilment and relations between parents and teenagers in Gólya club in Budapest. You can read the KineDok interview with Gábor here.
Eva Kraljević, the director of the KineDok film I Like That Super Most the Best came to Split to take part in the Q&A with almost 100 spectators after the screening of the film that sensitively portrays the loving relationship of the director and her sister, whose wit and humour shine through her handicap, turning her into a star of the documentary silver screen. The evening has been presented by Alen Muntić, the director of Mediterranean film festival. In Zadar, Croatia, Eva Kraljević and a film critic Ivica Perinović were the guests at the screening of I Like That Super Most the Best.
The KineDok tour of the Czech director Jiri Stejskal led through Budapest, Miskolc, Szeged and the Osca town and offered 5 screenings of another KineDok film My Home, which among other prizes won the Audience Award at the festival Docudays 2015 and has been awarded the honorable mention at goEast Film Festival 2015 in Germany. The main character of the film Natasha is trying to survive with two husbands, four children, seven pigs and a herd of goats on the last farm in the modern district of Kiev, defending their home and way of life in the environment of the current Ukraine. Jiri Stejskal also visited a screening in Hradec Kralove in the art space Artičok.
The KineDok audience in Romania had a chance to meet and talk to the directors of the film Golden robot Mihai Dragolea and Radu Constantin Mocanu. The story of Steluta, a 32 year-old female boxer, who survived her childhood in children’s homes and on the street and went on to win both European and World Championships, has been screened in Alexandria and Braila with more than 50 spectators. Radu Mocanu also talked with the audience after the screening of the film in Targu town via skype. The discussion was led by a kick box coach Gabriel Voicu.
The film School Time for Miss Roma, which follows three Roma girls while they are dealing with the challenges of high school when the rest of their Roma peers is at home with babies and there is no one else to set a different example for them, was screened in Vaclav Havel Library in Prague, where a specialist on inclusive minority education Michal Kryl from the New School association discussed problems of educational system that Roma community faces on everyday basis and two Roma university graduates presented their experience connected with their studies. The screening of Miss Roma in Elbląg, Poland, introduced an interesting spin on the topic. The special guest was Joanna Pietraszewska, a former model working for a modeling agency, which cooperates with big clothing companies. The subject of the conversation was the perception of female beauty: what are the good and the bad sides of being beautiful? The participants tried to define what exactly “beauty” means, find out why we want to be seen as “beautiful” and what the consequences of such perception are.
It is not just discussions that rule the KineDok event-based screenings. In Pardubice in Divadlo 29 the screening of School Time for Miss Roma was followed by a vernissage of photography taken by socially disadvantaged children, who were led by a professional photographer in this endeavour. Regular expert introductions to every KineDok screening are organized in TIC gallery in Brno by the students of Masaryk University. Last but not least, a group of cultural devotees from Kroměříž organizes the screenings together with concerts of different music genres.
They said about KineDok:
“The screenings were very nice for me (…) each was different and special in its own way. The discussions we had in Braila and Galati were beautiful and it made me so happy to see all the families, mothers with their daughters, or even fathers attending the screenings and engage in the discussions after them. I could see that although we are from different countries, we all have complicated families which we love and that the theme of the film is universal. I truly enjoyed every minute I spent in Romania! Thank you very much for organizing such beautiful events and giving me the chance to experience them. It really was a pleasure for me!”
(Ivana Hucikova - Mothers and Daughters director)
“I can say that I was very well received in Galati, by Simona (the local organizer) and by the numerous public interested in the film and my life. I was pleasantly surprised to see that my life’s story and the film were very well known in Galati. The Q&A session with the public was long and very interesting, both for them and for me.”
(Steluta Duta – main protagonist of Golden Robot)
“The discussion was frugal due to the small public, despite the fact that there are films the public doesn’t have access to outside the program, and there are stories that mark the people who watch them. Slovakia was applauded for the documentaries that they produced. We talked about the tragedy of loneliness and how the mentality is inherited from one generation to another”.
(Razvan Machis – ecologist in Oradea, after the screening of Mothers and Daughters and New World)
“The film was very well received. There was a mixed public: doctors, mothers of autistic children as well as documentary lovers. After the screening there was a discussion with Gabriela Plopeanu, Head of “Copiii de Cristal” Association (which helps children with autism, down syndrome etc.), a professional engineer, mother of 2 autistic twin brothers, Radu and Robert (18 years old). Both boys came to the screening. The discussion was touching, insightful, emotional, enlightening and wonderful at the same time. The public got to understand a lot of things regarding autism in Romania. Ms Gabriela Plopeanu and the mothers of autistic children were touched by the documentary and said their life is exactly like the one shown in the film and that the it can help other parents; it can give them hope that their children's future isn't lost.”
(Laura Capatana – film director – co-organizer KineDok screenings in HOF CAFE Brasov, after the screening So far so near)
“A successful evening! I had the pleasure to watch a documentary about life in the countryside, about stubbornness and daring to keep a traditional way of life. Thank you for the invitation addressed to “Adopta un taran”. We were able to speak about our project, about the phenomenon of grabbing of agricultural land, about traditions, about the connection that the Romanian peasant has with the earth and the sky and I met beautiful people who do wonderful things for those around them.”
(Mihaela Popescu – president “Agora for life” program, representative of “Adopta un taran” project, after the screening of Siblings are forever)