production manager, script and director
The coming of a new life in the world should be the most beautiful moment of a child and the mother.
In her documentaries, she focuses primarily on environmental issues, development cooperation and the issue of respect for the rights of children and women; TRADING WITH FEAR (vaccination of children, Academy of Performing Arts 2012), ZUNA (home births, Academy of Performing Arts 2012), HELP AFRICA – PYCO FOR UGANDA (work of UNICEF in Uganda, TV JOJ 2013), GREEN TRANSITIONS (work of People in Peril in Kenya, People in peril, Mediapulz & RTVS 2015), MORNING OF BUTTERFLIES (spontaneous abortions, Academy of Performing Arts 2016), UNSEEN (birth trauma, ARINA , Mediapulz & RTVS 2020).
I believe that after watching the film, every single viewer will think about that if a person's attitude to others changes, life will be better and more beautiful for many.
In addition to film production, she has been organizing the Czech and Slovak Film Festival in Australia since 2014. The production company ARINA was founded in 2004 and it produced or co-produced films such as JAN PALACH (Film Critics Award for the Best Film of 2018), BACKSTAGE, FAIR PLAY, LYRICIST, IN YOUR DREAMS, THE BLUE TIGER, THE PRAGUE ORGY, JIŘÍ SUCHÝ - TACKLING LIFE WITH EASE, TIME OF GRIMACES, and many other. More about films at www.arinafilm.sk
Childbirth is every time unique and unrepeatable in the experience of the two key actors: the mother and the child.
Prof. Mgr. Ingrid Mayer, ArtD. (1963) graduated from FAMU Prague (1987) and later from the Summer Academy of Cultural Management of the Council of Europe in Salzburg (1996). She specializes in dramaturgy of documentary films and is a teacher and head of the Studio of Documentary Film at the Film and Television Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts. In 2014, she was appointed Professor in the Film Art and Multimedia field.
Miklós Jancsó (monograph, Prague 1990), Dramaturgy of Non-fiction Audiovisual Production (textbook, Bratislava 2000), Basic Documentary School (compilation of proceedings, Bratislava 2001), Remains the Man Martin Slivka—co-editors R. Lužica and R. Urc (monograph, Bratislava 2009).
A selection from filmography:
Screenplay for the TV movie Machinko, co-author of the screenplay of the film Martin Slivka: Man Who Planted Trees, directing of the documentaries Interviews about the story, Nataša Bohumila Jolana, dramaturgy of many authorial, social, popular-educational, and educational documentary films. Author of a 12-part documentary series Women about Women, author of a documentary triptych Other Women, dramaturgist and author of stories for documentary series The Magical World of Animated Film, Slovak Cinema, For Mr. Teacher, The First, White Crows and Heroes Among Us, and My Emigrant, and feature documentaries Afghan Women Behind the Wheel, Graduates, Judge Me and Prove Me, I Passed The Border, Lyricist, When Land Is Looking for Its Heaven, The Bright Spot, and other in production.
I am glad I could participate in the making of Unseen, a film that is trying to name some of these topics and show that things can be done differently.
Biba Bohinská is also a co-author of the series THE NEST, which is currently breaking the audience records at Radio and Television Slovakia. As the main screenwriter, she worked on three seasons of the popular series THE NURSES and RED BAND SOCIETY for TV Markíza, and is a co-author of the popular series DADDIES. She was a screenwriter for many film projects, including PIARGY, BACKSTAGE, 8 HEADS OF MADNESS, LITTLE FURIOUS ROBINSON, UNSEEN, and others. She has also written three books: THE WOMAN IN ORIGINAL VERSION, SECRET LIVES 1 and SECRET LIVES 2.
Maia Martiniak managed to come close to the causes of the trauma and show its destructive power on the lives of women.
She participates in its community, advocacy, research, and publication activities. She completed several seminars on trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder after delivery. She led several workshops and lectures focused on rude and non-respectful treatment of women at childbirth from 2013 to 2016. Since 2014, she has been working as a consultant in several Slovak and foreign research projects focused on various aspects of childbirth care. She is the co-author of the publication Women – Mothers – Bodies: Women’s Human Rights in Obstetric Care in Healthcare Facilities in Slovakia, issued in 2015 by NGO Občan, demokracia a zodpovednosť (Citizen, Democracy and Accountability) in cooperation with association Ženské kruhy (Women's Circles).
I became a father during the shooting and the knowledge and experience of the film helped me be a better support for my partner during her pregnancy and childbirth.
In 2018 he was selected for Berlinale Talents Camera Studio and for the Talent Demo showcase at the festival of cinematography Camerimage. His work on Heroes of today was shortlisted in the Film Craft: Cinematography category at Cannes Lions 2019. He is a part of BRBR film collective and resides in Madrid.
sound & cinematographer
I was one of the few first men who openly admitted assisting their wife in a home birth in Slovakia.
He was part of the crew of films such as VELVET TERRORISTS (directed by P. Kerekes), CONSTRUCTING SLOVAKIA (directed by B. Beňová), FETISHES OF SOCIALISM (RTVS, collective), MY FATHER GULAG (directed by F. Palonder), GEN.sk (RTVS, collective), HEAVEN, HELL, EARTH (directed by L. Siváková), YURI DOJC (directed by K. Kraus), THE MOON INSIDE YOU (directed by D. Fabiánová), and others.
Childbirth concerns all of us – whether we have given birth or not.
I myself gave birth at home, it was a water birth, and so I saw birth at the maternity ward for the first time only in the film Unseen.
I believe that in the near future, also this film will help make a change in the conditions of women in childbirth and improve the care they receive.
That probably hit me the most in the film – to hear and see people's different attitudes in different facilities, hospitals, and countries.