Film fest takes on immigration issues in slew of docs

PRAGUE — Central European docs take on immigration and border struggles in the new Europe at the 8th Jihlava Intl. Documentary Festival, which starts today.

Fest will screen 120 films over six days including the Czech premiere of “Supersize Me,” a doc that should strike a nerve in the pork-and-dumpling-obsessed Czech Republic.

Some 25 Central European films unspool in the expanded Between the Seas section. Among these is Polish helmer Leszek Dawid’s “A Bar at Victoria Station” about two immigrants hunting for work in London.

The three–year-old Prague Institute for Documentary Film will also co-fund the fest’s first docu market, East Silver.

In addition to an audience award, cash prizes will be awarded for best Central European docu, Czech docu and contribution to world cinema. A pitching workshop, East European Forum, is also a big draw.

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