- No Borders (Bez granic), Nastia TARASOVA, Russia, 2007, 30 min
A winter story of a frozen river opens four documentary stories that reflect the seasons in different forms of Russo-Chinese relations on the border. On the banks of the Amur, a symbol of passing life and history, lies the Chinese town of Heihe, which forms a free-trade zone with Russian Blagoveshchensk. This is where one of the most numerous Chinese communities live and it is regarded as Chinese immigrants' gateway to Russia.
- They (Oni), Israfil SAFAROV, Russia, 2007, 28 min
Picture of State building - interpretation of montages In 1957, the Soviet Union launched the first artificial satellite into Earth orbit. This edited documentary is a fast sequence of archival shots showing the path Russia walked from the pre-industrial era until the moment when Sputnik became yet another weapon for the clash of ideologies.
- Natalya Gorbanevskaya: Noontime (Natalie Gorbaněvská: Poledne), Russia, 90 min
Natalya Gorbanevskaya is a Russian poet, translator, and human rights activist living in Paris. On 25 August 1968, she was one of eight people who protested on Red Square against the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia. In 1969, she was imprisoned and interned at psychiatric prison hospitals in Moscow and Kazan. She was released three years later, and in 1975 emigrated to Paris, where she began to publish her poetry and to edit texts on human rights in the Soviet Union. Gorbanevskaya is the first laureate of the Spiros Vergos Prize for Freedom of Expression, presented by the Prague Writers’ Festival in 2008. In Jihlava, she will officially release the Czech version of Noontime, in which she writes about the protest on Red Square in August 1968 and about the subsequent repression of the “magnifi centeight”. After reading from her book, there will be a discussion about 1968 and about the current situation in Russia. The author reading was prepared in cooperation with the Václav Havel Library and Torst Publishers.