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13.03. - 18:00,
Czech Center

Director:  Pavel Stingl
Cinematography:  Miroslav Janek
Producers:  Pavel Stingl, Magdalena Napieracz, Piotr Mularuk, Ondrej Zima, Pavel Bercik David Bohac, Miloslav Pe
Screenplay:  Pavel Stingl
Production:  K2/Yeti Films/Evolution Films/Czech Television/Ostrava TV Studio
A Ghetto Named Baluty
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May They Rest in Peace
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The Second Life of Lidice
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A Ghetto Named Baluty
Ghetto jmenem Baluty
A Ghetto Named Baluty
Czech Republic-Poland , 2008, 87 min, black & white, color

This feature-length documentary gives a timeless image of the Jewish ghetto of Litzmanstadt, from the point of view of Czech Jews: witnesses of the wars events, owners of unique archive photographs, and todays inhabitants of the then waiting room for death for 200,000 people. Before World War II, Baluty was a feared crime-ridden neighbourhood of the Polish city of Lodz. Immediately after occupying Poland the Nazis established a Jewish ghetto there, initially for 160,000 Jews waiting for their death. A year later arrived more Jews from five Czech transports. Life in the poor working-class district of the industrial town of Lodz is marked by poverty, alcoholism, and unemployment. Baluty then and Baluty now have much in common. Images from the past and present of this stigmatised place are brought together by interviews with the areas original and current inhabitants and reporter Henryk Rosss unique photographs from the distant past.
On their way to Lodz, director Pavel Stingl and cinematographer Míra Janek ran into photographer Karel Cudlín, whose photographs, created during filming, make up an accompanying exhibit. By screening the film together with the exhibition, we have created a unique project in which Cudlíns contemporary photographs are mirrored with Henryk Rosss wartime images used in the film.

Pavel Stingl
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