The Jury for the Documentary Category at Prix Bohemia Radio 2016
This year twenty-eight radio documentaries took part in the competition, representing all of the important documentary journalistic series of the individual Czech Radio stations.
A refreshing element was the participation of the programmes of Radio Proglas, whose status of a community radio creates good conditions for future extension of the competition by students‘ or Internet radios. This year’s selection of programmes managed to cover a wide range of social and cultural topics but journalistic approaches to documentary work prevailed.
The jury of experts agrees that this year’s competition – especially the public presentation of the documentaries and the discussions about them – is an excellent opportunity to encourage both documentarists and broadcast editors to experiment with the form and rely on the informative value of situations that are captured well in terms of sound.
Andrea Hanáčková – Chairperson
Andrea Hanáčková is currently a lecturer at the Department of Theatre and Film Studies at Palacký University in Olomouc. Her interest as a theoretician in the radio documentary, drama and feature has been based on her practical experience in radio work (since 1992). As a theoretician she is focused on “crossbred” genres with an emphasis on documentary and feature. She has written a book, The Czech Radio Documentary; Poetry of Genres (Český rozhlasový dokument. Poetika žánrů, 2010). She regularly comments on radio programmes and has her own blog at dokrevue.cz. Together with her students she has founded and edits a website called Radiodock.cz. At present Andrea Hlaváčková is preparing a new branch of study, Television and Radio Studios, at Palacký University in Olomouc (to be launched in September 2017).
Apolena Rychlíková is a Czech documentarist focused mainly on social and engagé documentaries. She has created features, such as Hájek at the Castle, Petr in the Bourg (Hájek na zámku, Petr v podzámčí), Make a Wish, the Government’s Falling (Padá vláda, něco si přej), THE FAMILY (RODINA), which have participated in both Czech and foreign festivals. As a co-director, together with Martina Malinová, she made a film called The Damn Gypsies Would Have No Rights Under Adolf (Za Adolfa by žádní morgoši neměli žádný práva), which won an honourable mention within FAMUFEST 2015. She is the author of the Ex-Prime Ministers (Expremiéři) TV documentary series, as part of which she directed a part about Mirek Topolánek. She has been cooperating with Czech Television on series, such as Intolerance, Hold Your Ground (Nedej se) and Our Country (Náš venkov). Her interest in public affairs and social issues (homelessness, racism, different kinds of social exclusion, squatting, etc.) is reflected in her films. She has also created a radio documentary about the autonomous centre, Klinika, in Prague’s Žižkov quarter.Besides her film activities she is also an editor of the Internet daily, A2LARM, a journalist, left-wing activist, feminist and a mother of two daughters, René and Eleonora.
Ondřej Moravec is one of the leaders of the programme department of the One World Film Festival, which is focused on human rights documentaries. He works as a journalist, film-maker and broadcast editor. Until 2014 he worked for Czech Television’s cultural department, where he participated in the daily news programme. He graduated from the Faculty of Social Sciences in journalism and media studies. He is currently studying screenwriting and dramaturgy at Film and TV School at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.
Małgorzata Żerwe has worked for Radio Gdansk since 1996 as a cultural and feature editor. She has received numerous Polish prizes for her features including Prix Melchiory for the best feature of the year in 2007 and 2010. She was a finalist for the Deutsch-Polnisch Journalisten prize in 1999, 2001 and 2011. She was nominated to Premios Ondas in 2001, to Prix Europa in 2007 and 2014 and to Prix Italia in 2007 and 2011. Her acoustic feature, Shipyards: An Industrial Suite, was presented at the International Feature Conference in 2006 and won an award at the Phonurgia Nova competition in France. Her Kafka Unchained (co-authored by D. Z. Mairowitz) was awarded Prix Marulic for the best radio feature of 2015, and has subsequently been produced in Australia, Austria, Poland and most recently in the Czech Republic. She has also made numerous radio documentaries for Deutschlandfunk, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Norddeutscher Rundfunk, Österreichischer Rundfunk and for the ABC in Australia. She has also presented sound installations in Polish galleries of contemporary art.
Natálie Deaková – Slovakia
Natálie Deaková is a theatre and film director. She has worked for the J. K. Tyl Theatre in Pilsen, Drama Studio (Činoherní studio) in Ústí nad Labem and Czech Radio. She collaborates with a range of other theatres and institutions, such as Činoherní studio, Comedy Theatre (Divadlo Komedie), Vinohrady Theatre (Divadlo na Vinohradech), Brno National Theatre, Central Bohemian Theatre (Středočeské divadlo) in Kladno, Švanda Theatre, Letí Theatre, Klicpera Theatre, Meetfactory, etc. Many of the productions she has contributed to have made it to international competitions (Prix Europe, Pric Marulic, etc.)
Jury Secretary: Klára Illiašová