JAKUB, by the Czech filmmaker Jana Sevikova, presents an extensive ethnographical-sociological study of the life of the Ruthenians, filmed in the Maramuresh mountains in the north of Romania and in the former Sudetenland in Western Bohemia. The film was made over a period of five years during the time of both totalitarian regimes and was completed in 1992 after the revolution. Jakub Popovich is the primary character whose story provides the link between 1947, when the film begins, and the present. Scientists at the Ethnographic-Folklore Institute, a part of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague acted as collaborators in the making of this film. The film has received international attention from filmmakers for it’s unique structure and cinematic quality as well from educators and research scientists for it’s content.

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65 minutes


16mm, B/W


Jana Sevickova

Jana Sevcikova earned a degree in documentary filmmaking from FAMU, the Film Academy in Prague. Her graduation film was a documentary about the Ceaucescu regime. Since then, she has been awarded several grants from the Czech Ministry of Culture and enjoyed much success at film festivals around the world. JAKUB won the Prix De jury des Universites and the Prix de la Direction at Strasbourg, plus the Filmkaja Award for Best Documentary at the Uppsala, Sweden Film Festival.