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Dancing for the camera

Original title Tanec před kamerou


The documentary film is a part of the complex around-Europe project Euro pean Roots, a series, the main theme of which there are roots of Europe folkculture. It is a unique documentary study of phenomenon of sword (weapon) dances, tradition preserved up to now across European countries. The film arises from the work of famous Moravian ethnologist František Pospíšil, an author of the first comparative study of the sword dances in Bohemia, Mora via and whole Europe. The authors gained the copies contained an unpub lished editing of sword dances in Europe shot apparently at a time from 1920 to 1926 by František Pospišil. In all the regions where Pospíšil was shooting in the twenties forms of sword dance have been alive until today. The archive shots from the twenties confronted with contemporary reality
form the first backbone of the documentary film. The authors found roots of the sword dance phenomenon across the divided Europe during past centuries and why sword dances have preserved their specificities in the given regions across the united Europe of the 21st century.
The second backbone of the document is formed by the person of František Pospíšil, the film enthusiast who at the time of the culminating economic crisis travels across Europe and makes his film records with heavy film equipment.

Author/s Petr Hajn

Peter Gerald Hain (born 16 February 1950) is a British Labour Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Neath between 1991 and 2015, and served in the Cabinets of both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. He was the Leader of the House of Commons from 2003 to 2005 and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland from 2005 to 2007 under Blair, and as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Secretary of State for Wales from 2007 to 2008 under Brown. In 2007, he ran for the Deputy Leadership of the Labour Party, coming fifth out of six candidates, although his failure to declare donations during this contest led to his resignation in 2008. He later returned to the Cabinet from 2009 to 2010 as Welsh Secretary, before becoming Shadow Welsh Secretary in Ed Miliband’s Shadow Cabinet from 2010 until 2012, when he announced his retirement from front-line politics. In 2014 he announced he would stand down as the MP for Neath at the 2015 general election. He came to the UK from South Africa as a teenager, and was a noted anti-apartheid campaigner in the 1970s. He was also Honorary Vice-President of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality.

Photography Petr Vejslik, Karel Slach
Sound Ladislav Ježek
Editing Pavel Stribrny