The Echoes of the Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival returns to Brussels after one year. The film festival will take place for the ninth time from 11 to 17 March 2021. Echoes of Ji.hlava will be available to the online public throughout Belgium: viewers will be able to watch all the films of the festival via the Dafilms portal, but only for a limited number. Participants will have the chance to share special moments, meetings with directors, and masterclasses.
This edition will present a documentary dedicated to the world-renowned director Jan Švankmajer. The Alchemical Furnace is a surrealist work that seeks to bring the filmmaker’s personal life, his marriage, and his exceptional approach to his world-famous cinema closer together on several levels.
The program will also feature First Birthday after the Apocalypse an autobiographical documentary by Farah Hasanbegovic, a successful film from contemporary Cuba entitled Epicentro by Austrian director Hubert Sauper, and the film Ghosts: Long Way Home by the awarded director Tiago Siopa will be part of the projection.
Pripyat Piano by Eliška Cílková a documentary calling for the return of man as a creator and performer to continue their fatally cut-off work where the Chernobyl tragedy took place.
Czech works will also be represented by the duo Vít Klusák and Filip Remunda, who studies the relationship between Poland and Poles to God and faith in the film Once Upon a Time in Poland.