Lucie Česálková: History of Czech Science Documentary Films
Wednesday | April 17 | 11AM | film hall - Konvikt
Since the mid-1960s, AFO has continuously explored the thorny issue of the environment in the context of socialist Czechoslovakia. Together with Ekofilm (founded in 1974), AFO was one of the few platforms allowing for ecologically focused documentaries to be shown. As early as 1967, AFO highlighted film by Petr Ruttner, Rizika civilizace (1966), which contemplated the influence of modern civilisation on the human body. The topic of humans and the environment was also allegorically discussed in film essays by Vaclav Hapl – Lux arte facta (1977) and Slunce (1973).Bomba motorismus (1982) by Josef Cisarovsky dealt with the issue of vehicular traffic in Prague in relation to the environment. The genre-defying Oil Gobblers (1988) by Jan Sverak, which has now achieved cult status, garnered awards all over the globe and the Student Jury highlighted it at AFO. A director, Petr Kudela, observed the transformation of the landscape around the river Dyje for 20 years, particularly with regard to human interference – and repeated this process in his film O skacenem, uschlem a zadnem stromu (1989).