"Old Believer: Three Films by Jana
Directed by Jana Sevcikova
In the outlands of Eastern Europe, acclaimed filmmaker
Jana Sevcikova spent years chronicling the descendants of immigrants and
exiles. The resulting poetic, intimate documentaries capture the unique
lives and customs of people unknown to most of the world.
Shot over five years, the award-winning Old Believers (2001, 46 mins.)
documents a strongly religious community where time seems to stand still.
This haunting film presents the meditative rhythm of the place, giving
transcendental significance to even the most ordinary everyday tasks.
Sevcikova further explores the humanity and mystery of people from another
place and time in Piemule (1984, 43 mins.), offering a close look at
the descendants of Czech immigrants in Romania, and Jakub (1992, 65
mins.), the story of Ruthenian Jakub Popovich in western Bohemia. In Czech
with English subtitles.