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My Parents, and their divorce me/Mes Parents, leur divorce et moi
(France 2009, 52 min., directed by Lorene Debaisieux, French version, Czech subtitles)

Divorce is usually a secret process. But what about the children, helpless spectators of family breakdown? To understand how they experience the breakup, you need to talk to them and listen to them. By their eyes we delve into their privacy, into their feelings of everyday life in the face of this sudden change. Poetry words of children, their imagination and humility will lead us to respect the fragility and subtlety of emotions.


Welcome Back, Pluto
(USA 2010, 52 min., directed by Tracy Ready, English version, Slovak subtitles)

Parental Alienation Syndrome a topic expertly prepared, suitable for common watching parents with children. The film is one of the best introductions to the subject of parental alienation. Although each family situation is different, the information in the film is sufficient to encompass the many scenarios that can often occur. Dr. Richard Warshak, author of the film , is a recognized pioneer in this field and offers not only a description of the problems, but also their solutions. The film is a valuable resource for anyone who wants to know and understand parental alienation deeply.


The Discarded Father/Der entsorgte Vater
(Germany 2010, directed by Douglas Wolfsperger, German version, Czech subtitles)

Film director is focusing on a social phenomenon that is rarely perceived by the public: Men who are "liquidated" after breaking up with his wife. They are "liquidated" not just as partners but also as fathers and often struggle in vain to keep their relationship with their children. Four fathers describe their suffering and the efforts to save their relationship with their children. Mother is explaining her position.


Moms to be condemned?/Mámy k zavržení?
(Czech Republic, premiere, XX min., directed by Ján Mančuška, Czech version)

Children incitement against their fathers during divorce wars between parents is considered common. Courts and social authorities tolerate and even support this social pathology. As if fathers were not people... It's part of a phenomenon called the divorce industry. But what if a mom is condemned by her children? This is of course bad. Are the state authorities able to help those women - mothers who encounter hatred from their children? Civilizational decay not only provides invasion of migrants, but also begins with destroying family relationships...


Invented Death/A Morte Inventada
(Brazil 2009, directed by Alan Minas, Portuguese version, Czech subtitles)

The document "Invented Death" aims to stimulate debate about parental alienation, which is little known, but yet common. Parental alienation, which was described in the mid-'80s by American child psychiatrist Richard Gardner, manifests itself as a situation when one parent intentionally alienates the child from the other parent. This is done through continuous information flow to the child in order to destroy the child's relationship with the alienated parent. A mother or father who practice this alienation succeed in most cases and the child believes the distorted view. In some cases, it manifests itself through a false accusations of a sexual abuse as the last attempt to finally destroy the bond between the alienated parent and the child. Unfortunately, the separation process will end up with the fact that kids that are the main tool for damaging the former partner. Children victims of parental alienation forever bear the signs of such violence and serious psychosocial disorders can be developed as they grow up. The document "Inventing Death" wants to disseminate information on this pathological phenomenon among parents, psychologists, lawyers, judges, prosecutors, social workers, pediatricians and other persons involved in family dramas. This violence, destroying the relationship between parents and children, can not continue.


(Portugal 2012, XX min, directed by Alexandre Azinheira, Portuguese verion, Czech subtitles)

There are currently reported more than 16 thousand court proceedings to make custody determinations and more than 16 thousand court proceedings to both modify the custody of children and to enforce the judgments, According to statistics from the Ministry of Justice. Court proceedings usually take on average 27 months. However, there are also many thousands of cases when such proceedings last three, four or even five years. Children are exposed to conflicts between parents during the court proceeding which limits their relationship with one of them and with other members of their family. It is estimated that more than 25% of all adult children do not keep any relationship with their separated parents. This number is likely to rise. Child protection authorities are involved in more than forty percent of these cases, which illustrates how problematic is the current state. Conflicts between parents and the tardiness of the courts produce an increased number of cases of morbid traits: allusions or even accusations of sexual abuse. The most excited by this fact and the opportunity are the mothers with sole custodies which take care of children whose fathers are fighting to achieve contact with their children. These allegations have irreversible effects. This film attempts to prove the existence of a connection between the stages development of the phenomenon of parental alienation and inefficiency of the judicial system, which exacerbates this phenomenon. In addition, the film wants to draw attention to the need for the responsible authorities to act quickly, with full seriousness and special care


Joint Custody/"Střídavka"
(Czech Republic 2006, renewed premiere, 64 min. directed by Lubos Patera, Czech version)

"There are never enough people who love you" ... a joint custody makes it possible.
. This film is dedicated to joint custody. This is one of the possible types of custody. Divorce rate is high in the Czech Republic - every second marriage is breaking up and majority of the children do not grow up and do not live with their both parents. Joint custody is not widespread in the Czech Republic, although it is a good solution. The film shows several different joint custody cases that are complemented by experts' opinions.


"Joint Custody" After 10 years/"Střídavka" po deseti letech
(Czech Republic, Premiere, 52 min., Directed by Ján Mančuška, Czech and Slovak version)

What is the fate of some of the "Joint Custody" movie actors? How do the children, now already adults, rate the joint custody? And how is the joint custody accepted by the Slovak society?


X Diagnosis/Diagnóza X
(Czech Republic 2012, 26 min., Directed by Ján Mančuška, Czech version)

A documentary film about domestic violence, this time through the eyes of men. Director Ján Mančuška is influenced by his own experiences with his tyrant wife and introduces other men with similar experience. It's not just wives or female partners of men, even when they are here in the first place, but also mothers in law, mothers of their children, judges, social workers and all those Xantippes which embitter and destroy men lives. In views on the domestic violence often dominate thinking in stereotypes, myths and often nonsense. Woman just as a man can be an aggressive rapist although the form is different. While men usually commit physical violence, women practise primarily psychological violence, although they also like to reach after the physical one. Facing the physical violence is much easier than the psychological one. In addition, it is also much harder to prove the psychological violence than the physical one. Psychological violence is not present in a solid form, it is difficult to grasp and it is insidious. Psychological violence fundamentally distorts the whole society. The author of the film has been facing such a violence for several years and he gained a personal experience. He was trying to fight the violence, he did not want to give up and break the partnership as a child was in the game. After he realized that the child would suffer the most as everything is happening in front of the child, he decided that the cord hysterical scenes and bullying must be cut off in order not to hurt the child more. His first-person narrative as well as the subjective camera angle forms the connecting thread of the document. Stories of the five other persons intertwine with the personal story of the author.


Selfish Love/O lásce zištné
(Czech Republic, 30 min., Directed by Ján Mančuška, Czech version)

We all wish love and be loved. On the other hand, some people do not even realize that they are those helping another, while their unhappy counterparts can see just the negative side of their help. Despite all of the well - intentioned advice surroundings give them they are desperately willing to do all for their love. They often stop only when it is too late. These are the stories of people who become an object of derision, who felt into debt, who spent years in prison instead of be loved.


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