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The documentary “A Year in a Village” features a family living in a village somewhere in Moravia, the region of the Czech Republic. The aim of the documentary film portrait is to find out what it is actually like to live in a village today.

DCP, DCI-Flat, Sound 5.1

52 minutes

Language: Czech

subtitles: ENG, FR, ESP

Czech television broadcasted the film on March 10 2021. Second broadcasting is set to May 31 2023 and then the project will be released online.

The focus of this story is on 12-year-old Vojta and his father Danek, who are both into beekeeping and on Vojta`s 16-year-old cousin Anetka, who is preparing for her first participation in “hody” celebration, and of their grandmother Bohuška. Even though a part of the documentary features the traditional feast called “hody”, the aim is not to describe the event itself, but to understand how the characters feel about being a part of it and how it influences them. What it's like living in a village in South Moravia, the Czech Republic?

Movie review

Documentary Film Festival Acampadoc Panamá 2020

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Filmed in the Czech Republic, ''A Year in a Village'' is the story of two young people raised in a rural community who ask themselves whether they would prefer to continue living where they grew up, or to settle in a big city. Through reflective dialogues and scenes that paint the simple routine of the place, the documentary manages to install doubts about what is important in life, about the value of identity, about happiness, to lead to another even bigger question that is suggested with the direct gaze of one of the protagonists into the camera, in the midst of that idyllic landscape of light, wind and green pastures. The question could well be: what do we live for?

Petr Smělík, the film director, explained that the idea of the documentary arose with a question that every inhabitant of the interior of any country -like him- asks themselves at a certain moment in life: Do we stay to live in the town or do we emigrate to the capital? And the answer is almost always the second option and for a very specific reality: it is in capital cities where there is more opportunity for education and employment. For this very reason, ''A Year in a Village'' is significant: because it shows that, despite the distance and the need, the human being is who he has always been.
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