Bianca is a freelance journalist and documentary critic. She is a regular contributor to Modern Times Review.

Immigration and memories of home are the two main themes of this year‘s edition of the Jihlava International Documentary Festival, says festival programmer Andrea Slovakova.

1. What is the focus of this year’s edition?

Andrea Slovakova

«One of the features of this year’s festival is the visual concept that is connected to the topic of memory and the connection of memory with immigration and the home. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the first Czechoslovakian Republic, and we want to reflect on these 100 years that have passed, while also making a strong statement about today‘s attitudes.»

«The attitude towards immigration is one of the big issues right now, and we want to show that at a certain point in our history, people from Czechoslovakia were also emigrating. One of our sections is called ‘Stranger is Looking for an Apartment’, and is devoted to the stories of people from former Czechoslovakia that emigrated during the last 100 years.»

«We’ve collected different documentaries and media material of these Czech immigrants arriving in different countries. Their stories and their adaptation to their new environment is the focus of this section. This is also connected to this year’s retrospective, which is devoted to the concept of home. We‘re looking at how this concept has been changing from the beginning of the 20thCentury until today in avant-garde cinema.»

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