Two Czech engineers, Milan and Tomáš, return to a remote village in Zambia on a mission to restore the solar electric system they set up five years before. Finding, to their dismay, that their ingeniously constructed system has been left in ruins through a combination of neglect, tampering and misguided repair-attempts, they set about reconstructing it.
The interplay between the givers and receivers of international aid is quietly laid bare in this non-judgemental, incisive and frequently very funny observational documentary by Czech master Martin Mareček.
Tomáš Tozicka, one of the two characters in the film, will join us after for a Skype Q&A. Tomáš is an engineer, theologian and expert on development issues.Tomáš Tozicka, one of the two characters in the film, will join us after for a Skype Q&A. Tomáš is an engineer, theologian and expert on development issues.
Martin Mareček graduated from the Department of Documentary Film at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. His films include Dust Games (2001), Source (2005) andAutoMat (2009). The award-winning Dust Games documents the meeting of two global financial institutions meeting in the heart of Europe - the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. His investigative documentary Source got to the core of the problem of humans rights in connection with oil production in impoverished Azerbaijan. The film received international acclaim and earned over 20 awards at international film festivals.
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Winner Audience Award - Jihlava International Documentary Festival 2011
Winner Best Czech Documentary Film - Jihlava International Documentary Festival 2011