Hanzelka a Zikmund films in postcolonial perspektive

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303MFHZP Z 1 7S Czech summer

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

This module provides students and overview of ideological levels contained in the films of Hanzelka and Zikmund with an emphasis on a post-colonial perspective. Students will also be acquainted with the creative process of the pair and the production background of their films Afrika I and II.

Mode of study

Documentary Dept. module.

Lecturer: Jan Rousek (sponsor Alice Růžičková)

Place and time: pátek 26. 4. 2019, 10:00 -12:00 in Classroom: KDT 217 and 13:00 -17:00 in FAMU screening room

Credit: for 1 – 100% attendance, and class participation

Capacity: 25

Elective for: FAMU

Language of instruction: Czech

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Course contents

The module introduces students to the post-colonial theory in the film environment in examples of travel films of the pair Hanelka-Zikmund , primarily in films from travels in Africa. Instruction presents a to date rarely covered perspective on the travel films of the duo Hanzelka-Zikmund with contemporary critical considerations of the ideology of those films, primarily about (post)colonial ideology which is generally in the travel film genre inherently connected.

Jiří Hanzelka (1920-2003) and Miroslav Zikmund (1919) were Czech travellers, journalists, writers and filmmakers. In 1947, Hanzelka and Zikmund began a three and half year journey around Africa and Latin America supported by Tatra Automobiles, Bat'a and the Ministry of Education. They visited 44 countries and covered 11,000 kilometers. The film material, they sent to the Zlin studio was the formed into three feature-length documentary films - Afrika I, Afrika II, From Argentina to Mexico and several short recordings (ex: African dwarves). Upon return to Czechoslovakia the films and books by the pair were widely popular among the general public and even today are legendary.

10 - 12: First module section will take place in classroom KDT 217 as a lecture with unique samples from the films by predecessors and contemporaries of Hanzelka and Zikmund: Six Women search for Africa (1934), To the Cape of Good Hope (1933, dir. J. Baum), Day in Cairo (1955, dir. J. Jahn); short films by Hanzelka and Zikmund: African Dwarves (1952). After Penguins, Sealions and Whales (1952), In the Cradle of Coffee (1953), Birth of a Volcano (1953) and examples from the film From Argentina to Mexico (1953).

12:00 - 13:00: Lunch Break

13:00 - Second module section takes place in the FAMU screening room. The films Afrika I: From Marocco to Kilimanjaro (1952) and Afrika II: From the Plains to the Table Mountains.(1953)

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Assessment methods and criteria

100% attendance and class participation



Further information

This course is an elective for all AMU students

Schedule for winter semester 2018/2019:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

Schedule for summer semester 2018/2019:

Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
26.04.2019 10:00–12:00 Alice RŮŽIČKOVÁ Room No. 217
Lažanský palác
26.04.2019 13:00–17:00 Alice RŮŽIČKOVÁ Projection Room
Lažanský palác

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