Program

AKFF EVENING WITH DOCUMENTARY FILMS

(Kino Pilotů, 29th September from 7pm to 11pm)

CAPITALIST DRIVE (7pm)

Australia, Czech Republic 2004, 55 min. Directed by: Barbara Chobocky

Australian director with Czech roots Barbara Chobocky maps her own family history that spans two continents and three generations. Despite the fact that the Cold War divided relatives living in the Czech Republic and Australia, they all end up united by the same desire and courage to do business. Amateur films from the family archive play an important role in it. The director’s father sent them to his relatives in socialist Czechoslovakia, and years later the author asks how true they were and whether they only showed the bright side of life in Australia. 

BEYOND THE BATTALION FROM MEMORY TO LEGACY (9pm)

New Zealand 2017, 53 min. Directed by: Michael Havas, Julian Arahanga

The film Behind the Battalion by the Czech-New Zealand filmmaker Michael Havas recalls the fates of members of the special 28th battalion composed of Maori who fought during World War II on the European continent. The Maori actor and filmmaker Julian Arahanga co-directed on this documentary which shows the heroism of the Maori, who went to the war in Europe as volunteers, not only out of a desire for “adventure”, but also with the intention of gaining a better social position in New Zealand society. It is also an interesting testimony to the strong bond that has developed between Maori soldiers and the inhabitants of occupied Crete.



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