KineDok has prepared a real specialty for all the fans of creative documentaries, alternative distribution and site-specific screenings during the Jihlava IDFF. On October 26, 6.00 p.m., you can enjoy a multi award-winning film Domino Effect, which explores the hardships of a very cute couple – patriotic Abkhazian Minister of sport and his Russian wife. Nevertheless, the independence of Abkhazia seems to be as impossible as soothing the very pregnant and hysterical diva. Will the Domino Championship, organized by the Minister, improve the visibility of the country on the political level? Find the answer in this bittersweet film screened at a very unusual place – in the beautiful Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross in Jihlava. After the screening, you can ask Milan Štefanec about all the Abkhazian secrets and make a toast to the country with something a little bit stronger.
In 2016, the international project KineDok has been screening 15 Central and Eastern European documentaries at about 40 venues all around the Czech Republic and at additional venues in six more countries. Next year will bring 16 new documentaries, and new and new places are joining the project – clubs, museums, cafés, galleries, schools… simply said, such places that can free the film from the traditional cinema halls. “The point of KineDok is to connect the communities of documentary filmmakers and documentary genre fans through screenings of thought-provoking films followed by informal debates at non-traditional venues,” says the project manager of KineDok Jana Ripplová and adds: “We are very happy that we managed to organize this year’s Jihlava session at such a unique place as this beautiful church from the 13th century, a first purely Gothic building in the Czech lands. We believe that the audience will enjoy it!”
The unusual venue isn’t the only added value of the KineDok screening. The key element of the project is also an accompanying programme of various shapes – in this case, a discussion with an expert on Abkhazia and neighboring countries, Milan Štefanec. He is a member of the group Nesehnutí that supports grassroots activities. In Abkhazia they help to establish this kind of organizations that support the country in which the government fails in the most basic social services such as healthcare, education system, women rights and freedom etc. Milan Štefanec returned from his last trip to Abkhazia not even a month ago and he will be more than happy to share with the audience the recent development of the situation.
KineDok plans more than 50 screenings until the end of the year and you can find the list of all dates at kinedok.net. KineDok organizers also invite documentary enthusiasts who want to screen films at their favourite venue or in their own club, bar etc., to contact them via Facebook and join the quest for building a bigger documentary audience!