Cineast 2020: Grief
Original title: Žal žen, Czech Republic 2020, dokumentary 92 min. VO, EN subtitles
Directed by Andrea Culková, written by Andrea Culková, Miroslav Novák
When environmental crisis-induced anxiety is producing new female rebels.
Thirty one years ago, Czechoslovak grief over a landscape devastated by communists and neglect of the environment was one of the driving forces behind the Velvet Revolution. Afterwards, the country could breathe deeply again, inhaling not only freedom but also cleaner air. Three decades later, however, grief over the changing climate is growing once again, clashing with ignorance, and leading to a new form of rebellion. Various movements, many led by women and mothers, have set a new tone in the climate agenda by sending out a message of strong emotions. Suddenly, things are on the move again. Grief deals with women’s response to climate change – not through statistics and degrees Celsius, but through emotion. Andrea Culková shows us how environmental crisis-induced anxiety is producing new rebels.