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Postiženi muzikou / Two Roads - Echoes of Ji.hlava 3rd Edition

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The winning movie in the Audience Award category at the 23rd edition of Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival.

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February 25, 7PM

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Director: Radovan Síbrt, 2019, 80 min, Czech Republic

In Czech with English subtitles.

Introductory remarks by the director Radovan Síbrt. The screening will be followed by a Q&A.

The Jedlička Institute music class currently known as The Tap Tap band was founded 21 years ago by Šimon Ornest to give people with handicaps an opportunity to succeed outside of their daily institutional care. An observing and attentive camera captured the evolution of the personalities of several of the musicians over the course of several years. The attractive energy of the film which is exceptional in its approach to its theme as it avoids the usual compassionate sentiment stems from the relationships among the musicians and between them and their band leader, the motor of the action, whose work improves the public image of people with handicaps in an unorthodox way.

“Even if it was hard for me at first, I was trying to make a film in a similar way that the band members are putting up with their destinies: with no sentiment, pointless pity or political correctness involved, yet with a touch of pitch black humour.” R. Síbrt

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Radovan Síbrt (1975) graduated as a documentary director at FAMU. He co-founded the Pink company which produces films, commercials and charity campaigns. As a director, he is known as the author of Domestic Violence (Domácí násilí, 2007) or The Marriage of Robert and Gábina (Manželství Roberta a Gábiny, 2005). He has been cooperating with The Tap Tap on the making of their music videos.

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Important notice: The film contains vulgarisms, sexual allusions, alcohol and addictive substances use.

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