Ivana Pauerová Miloševičová

Czech Republic

Ivana Pauerová Miloševičová

director, tv representative

Through the Viewfinder of AK 47

According to American Photo Magazine, Antonín Kratochvíl is one of the 100 world's most important photographers. He payed for success and glory not only by hard work in places everybody want to leave. He had left home his firstborn son and has only seen him twenty years after emigrating. The different lives on opposite sides of the iron curtain divides them till this day. They look and talk the same, but the difference is remarkable between Antonín, the globetrotter and his son Michael who prefers to work home in his atelier.
Their mutual efforts to converge are the film's main storyline. Many of an unsaid issue could be revealed as they travel together to the biggest refugee camp in Jordan. Family and colleagues will support the testimony about a father and a son, divided by history.

My Father Antonín Kratochvíl

Three generations of photographers marked by totalitarian regimes. Through the youngest Michael, we follow the fates of the Krathochvíl clan, focusing particularly on the most famous of them – Antonín.

At 18, Antonín emigrated from Czechoslovakia, where his father Jaroslav spent a life marked by the communist terror. Antonín left a newborn son behind. He experienced dramatic years of exile, he was in prison, he fought for the French Foreign Legion. In America, he tasted fame and became a sought-out war photographer. He met his son for the first time after twenty years – Michael had believed him dead for many years. Thanks to Antonín, Michael became a photographer. 

They both come to terms with feelings of emptiness they have experienced. Antonín wants to make up for the guilt of abandoning a small child, Michael attempts to process reuniting with his biological father.
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