Jan Macola

Czech Republic

Jan Macola


The Heaven

Heaven is a story of love, an unconditional love the caring (and unpaid) nuns give to unfortunate children. It’s a story about selfless sacrifice in a communist and fiercely materialistic society. The surge in numbers of abandoned handicapped babies started in 1979 when the „one child policy“was introduced in China. Being forced to have only one child, many parents who had a handicapped newborn simply killed or abandoned it and tried to have a healthy one, as children are expected to take care of their parents when they grow old.

There's no shooting in Kyiv

Conflict in eastern Ukraine is part of Ukrainian everyday live. You don't have to live in the war zone to be confronted with the war. Camouflage-dressed youths at train stations, internal migrants and poverty - that is just one side of it. On the other side war also brought a sense of belonging to the others, to weaker people, to homeland. In the country has emerged alternative way for insufficient social system. Many communities and volunteers substitute state social work so help can be found in many unexpected places. In the pizzeria, christian center or dogshelter. The film is a social travelogue about self-sufficiency, hope and will - small visit into several human microcosms.

Doctor on a Trip

After many years of research in European laboratories, an international team led by MuDr. Tomáš Páleníček sets off for the Amazon rainforest to compare different aspects of the influence of psychedelics on brain function with the centuries-long experience of Indian shamans living in the heart of the Amazon rainforest.
The researchers’ goal is to find alternatives to overused and ineffective antidepressants.
The experiment involves a group of twenty volunteers, who will be using Ayahuasca and monitored under laboratory conditions as well as in the rainforest, led by an experienced shaman. The effects of Ayahuasca on the volunteers will then be measured in both environments, and the two results compared.
The experiment offers the exclusive opportunity to visit and work with the leaders of the Huni kui tribe, who live in the middle of the rainforest and have minimal contact with modern civilization, which nobody has achieved before for research purposes. Under the rule of president Bolsonaro, indigenous people welcome every opportunity to help shed light on and protect their way of life, which is going extinct.
The research builds upon the conclusions of studies from the sixties which were led by Stanislav Groff, a Czech psychiatrist who later moved to the USA.
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