Jakub · Jakub

Jana Sevcíková

1992, CZE, 65', M12

Focus Sensory Ethnography Lab 2016

02 Dec 2016 · TM Rivoli, Pequeno Auditório · 16H30

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Jakub Popovich was a persistent man who ended up mutilated by war and abandoned by a woman. He is the main focus of the film and serves as a conducting wire through a course that follows about five generations of a ruthenium community’s life that, since the end of the XIX century, has been through wars, forced exodus and changes of jurisdiction of the lands it inhabited. Jana Ševčíková spent four years with some of that families and in 1992 brought Jakub to the spotlight. Filming in black & white a society where knowledge passes by word of mouth and where counting the years is a superfluous task, Ševčíková, that recurrently portraits ethnical and religious minorities in her films, especially Eastern European ones, seems to take us, in Jakub, to the inside of a many centuries ago Europe. To this men and women nothing seems to be more perpetual than the people, the beings, the trees that, through the lens of Ševčíková, we catch in the landscape. (Raquel Morais)