Scene from the film The Old Believers
Scene from the film The Old Believers
Scene from the film The Old Believers
Scene from the film The Old Believers
Scene from the film The Old Believers
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The Old Believers

  • Czech Republic
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This film, made over a period of five years, documents the life of strongly religious people living in the Danube Delta region of Romania. We learn the story of their journey from Russia in 17th century, bringing their religion and language with them. It is amazing that it took five years to complete the film; equally remarkable is the filmmakers' approach and their understanding of the distinctly different rhythm of life. We witness the everyday life and work of local people, their rituals - a sort of inward journey, with the knowledge that eternity triumphs over the present.


  • Original Title
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Jana Ševčíková
  • Cinematography
    Jaromír Kačer
  • Editing
    Lucie Haladová
  • Music
    Alan Vitouš
  • Sound
    Jaroslav Jehlička, Petr Bohatý, Michal Janoušek, Jiří Mergl, Pavel Sádek
  • Runtime
    47 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Czech Republic
  • Festivals
    • Rotterdam 2002
    • la CultureMuchchen Int.Doc festival 2002
    • Goettingen Ethnographic FF 2002
    • Karlovy Vary 2002
    • Telluride FF 2002
    • Margared Mead New York 2002 USA
    • Ghet DFF 2003
    • Minneapolis FF 2003
    • Adelaide IFF 2003
    • Alter-native FF Turgu Mures Romania 2004
  • Awards
    • Ecumenic Filmaward - Mannheim-Heidelberg 2001
    • Prix Mario Ruspoli - Paris Bilan du film Ethnographique 2002
    • Don Quixote prize FICC - Krakow DFF 2002
    • Prize for Doc.Film - Swedish ICF 2003
    • Best Int.Doc - Premio Bizzari 2003 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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