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October 7, 2022

Documentary Mondays at the Czech Centre: An 11 year journey within one of the most important documentary programs in Romania

On Monday, the 11th of June, the Czech Centre organizes the last screening of this spring’s edition of Documentary Mondays – a long lasting popular documentary program that started in 2007 and expanded throughout the years both in Bucharest, at the headquarters of the Czech Centre, and also in other cities. Documentary Mondays brings with every edition international and festival acclaimed films in premiere for its attendants. The last film that will be screened, Photon by Polish filmmaker and visual artist Norman Leto, is an extraordinary cinematic jewel that explains the history of the Universe through hallucinatory visuals and an engaging, dryly humorous, voiceover by the distinguished Polish actor Andrzej Chyra.

Starting in April and continuing with screenings every Monday until June, this spring edition of Documentary Mondays brought to the audience seven science-themed documentaries, all of which have been given a warm welcome by the already solid cinephile fan base of the Czech Centre. Over the last two years, the Czech Centre’s curator has been trying to bring to its moviegoers a different theme for every Documentary Mondays’ edition – ranging from films about citification and architecture to ones based on environmental issues. The 2017 autumn edition focused on art and moreover, the artist’s work and life, and reached its pinnacle in terms of audience numbers with the David Lynch: The Art Life screening, that reached a full-house for the Czech Center’s screening hall, directing them to organize a second screening in February, which was also overcrowded with film loving attendees. This edition’s theme focused on science, but also tackled various topics like anthropology, philosophy and futurology. All of the seven films – Spaceship Earth, On the Trail of Evil, How to Build a Time Machine, The Future of Work and Death, Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey, Love and Engineering, Photon – approached a fusion of the said subjects, drawing the attention of the public both to new information, destined to enrich its knowledge, and also to giving new perspectives on matters that we are already apparently familiar with.

Given the fact that the Czech Centre has also been the founder of the acclaimed One World Romania International Human Rights and Documentary Film Festival, which is now a stand-alone film festival that emerged a year later after Documentary Mondays, the Czech Centre has already built a powerful presence and experience in the cultural scene of Bucharest. While these two projects are the most comprehensive documentary based events that take place in the country’s capital, Astra Film Festival which was founded in 1993 also brings a powerful documentary experience in the West region, the festival taking place every autumn in Sibiu. The main feature among the attendants of the Czech Centre is that they have always been different and diverse – the only thing in common for all of them being the interest in authentic, mind racing documentary experiences. Expanding during the 2016 – 2018 time period with screenings in Cluj-Napoca and Brașov, Iași and last but not least, Arad, the Czech Centre aims to bring the experience of high quality and never before seen in Romania films in as many locations throughout the country as possible.

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