The Dilemma of Desire at Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 12:00 am

Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

Maria Finitzo's The Dilemma of Desire will be screening as part of the 24th annual Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival starting October 27th. The film will screen in the Testimonies section of the program. Testimonies is a selection of films that capture the current state of the world from various angles: as much as it may seem that there is no common thread running through them, within the context of Czech and international documentary filmmaking these are works that, for many diff erent reasons, cannot be overlooked.

The festival programme features over 220 titles, including the latest of international and Czech documentary crop, South Korean film retrospective, a comprehensive showcase of Afro-American docs as well as new documentaries focusing on topics that are more than relevant these days: coronavirus pandemic, China and Hong Kong, climate change, and films asking the fundamental question – where is our home?

While some of the films will be geo-blocked for the viewers in the Czech Republic only, the festival will offer streaming of more than 80 World, international and European premieres from the Ji.hlava’s competition sections to audiences worldwide. The streaming will be made in cooperation with leading European VOD portal,


The idea to create an event known under its present title – Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival – was conceived in the minds of a group of Jihlava high school students in 1997. And because words soon became reality, each autumn the Ji.hlava IDFF brought together dozens and later hundreds and thousands of viewers, directors, producers, film critics, journalists, friends and family of documentary cinema to spend several days "thinking through film". Today, almost 25 years later, we can proudly claim that this celebration of creative documentary cinema has long been recognised as the largest event of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe.


The clitoris mainly serves for female pleasure and has long been ignored by modern medicine until recently. While a woman's body has always been considered an erotic symbol, a woman's sexual desire has always been considered less important than a man’s or even taboo. Biologist Stacey Dutton, queer activist Coriama, designer Ti Chang, and artist Sophia Wallace point out how cultural, political and religious norms ruled by patriarchal society have led women to suppress their own desire. Each of them tries to demystify the established perception of female sexuality and, thus, end phallic dominance. Because without the equality of pleasure, there can be no equal society.