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6 Sep 2014 - 16 Sep 2014

Czech Films at The Cinema of Childhood

The Cinema of Childhood, a touring film season focusing on pictures about children, features Czech films Long Live the Republic by Karel Kachyňa and The Unseen by Miroslav Janek among other 17 unknown film gems. The season is curated by the filmmaker Mark Cousins and supported by British Film Institute and Filmhouse in Edinburgh, which have made the pictures available on their websites.

Remarkable festival Cinema of Childhood is focusing on the presentation of young people in the cinema. The touring program is framed by documentary A Story of Children and Film by Mark Cousins, a study about how the children are seen by directors from diverse continents and periods. Cinema of Childhood presents neglected films from Scandinavia, South-East Asia, Iran, Albania or the Czech Republic. Cinema of Childhood offers for example Swedish picture Hugo and Josephine, Polish Crows or French Forbidden Games.

As part of the season, film screenings are being paired with panel discussions and Q&A sessions about child well-being and the arts to provide a forum for engaging public debate and inter-disciplinary dialogue about issues raised in the films.

Czech films at The Cinema of Childhood

The Unseen
6 September 2014
Doors 2pm / Film 3pm / Panel discussion and Q&A 4pm
Refreshments available at café/bar
The Cinema Museum, The Master’s House, 2 Dugard Way (off Renfrew Road), London SE11 4TH
Tickets: £5 tickets - 020 7840 2200 / online (+booking fees)

Miroslav Janek’s author documentary presents the world of blind boys. The camera draws their dreams, desires, fears and unusual talents nearer. It pictures them playing music, riding bike fast or paradoxically taking photos. The photographing becomes the way of communication between the unseen and the visible world. Thanks to film The Unseen we become aware of the resilience, and creativity of children, faced with whatever challenge the world throws at them.

Followed by panel discussion and Q&A
Panellists include:
Dr. Louise Fryer
BBC Radio 3, PhD – impact of visual impairment on perception, Audio describer
Prof. Judith Harwin
Director of Centre for Child & Youth Research, Brunel University
Dr. Jenefer Sargent
Consultant Paediatrician, Developmental Vision Clinic, Great Ormond Street Hospital
David Charap
Award-winning editor of dramas and documentaries - based in Prague in the 1990s



Variety: “a small wonder…takes hold of the heart immediately and never loosens it grip…a brilliantly conceptualized and immaculately crafted piece of filmmaking”

Kevin MacDonald (Director of Touching The Void/Last King of Scotland) Top 6 Best Documentaries: "most fascinating, philosophical, very entertaining documentary that challenges of all your assumptions about what it is to be disabled...what it’s like not to have a sense."

Long Live the Republic

16 September 2014
Doors 5.30pm / Film 6.30pm / Panel discussion and Q&A 8.45-9.30pm
Refreshments available at café/bar
The Cinema Museum, The Master’s House, 2 Dugard Way (off Renfrew Road), London SE11 4TH
Tickets: £5 tickets - 020 7840 2200 / online (+booking fees)

Karel Kachyňa’s masterpiece from 1965 takes us to Moravia towards the end of the WWII. Village boy Olin, portrayed by Zdeněk Lstibůrek, should move his father’s mare to a safe place. After she has been taken from him by retreating German soldiers, he escapes from his village. He meets also coming Russians. His journey is shrouded in dreams, fantasy and memories. Ironic as well as lyrical film belongs to the treasures of the Czech cinema.

Followed by panel discussion and Q&A

Panellists include:
Prof Bill Yule

Co-Founder of the Children and War Foundation; Emeritus Professor of Applied Child Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry; Science Council’s Top 100 UK Scientist
Prof. Peter Hames
BFI London Film Festival Adviser; Author: “Czech and Slovak Cinema: Theme & Tradition”; Visiting Professor in Film Studies, Staffordshire University
Dr. Gordon Bates
Consultant Child Psychiatrist, Association of Child & Adolescent Mental Health
Master of Medical Humanities, Birkbeck, University of London.


Timeout: “intriguingly quirky”
FIPRESCI prize winner at the San Sebastian Film Festival.

Part of The Cinema of Childhood


The Cinema Museum, The Master’s House, 2 Dugard Way, London SE11 4TH


From: 6 Sep 2014
To: 16 Sep 2014


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