Worldly Children Piemule Jakub Old Believers The Rite of Spring Gyumri Lean a Ladder Against Heaven


65 min
Jana Ševčíková
Jana Ševčíková
Jana Ševčíková
Director of photography:
Jaromír Kačer, Miroslav Čvorsjuk, Martin Vadas, Miroslav Halada
Jan Mattlach
Jiří Peser, Pavel Dvořák
Alan Vitouš
Jana Ševčíková


Jakub, by the Czech filmmaker Jana Sevčikova, 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.

This portrait of Jakub Popovich provides an intriguing entry into the lives of the Ruthenians, a community based in Northern Romania and Western Bohemia which survived amidst fifty years of political upheaval and revolution. Ševčíková began filming two years before the ouster of Ceausescu in 1989 further emphasizing the plight of this marginalized community.


Screenings, festivals and awards

  • Karlovy Vary Film Festival, 1992
  • Nyon Festival of Doc.Film, 1992
  • Berlin Film Festival, 1993
  • Minneapolis Film Festival, 1993
  • Montage/Rochester, NY, 1993
  • Olympia Film Festival,Olympia, WA, 1993
  • Museum Of Modern Art, NY, 1993
  • Teheran Film Festival, 1994
  • Pandora Festival, Brussels, 1994
  • Strassbourg Film Festival, 1994
    • Prix de la Direction régionale des Affaires culturelles d’Alsace
    • Prix du Jury des Universités
  • Gyor Mediawave Festival, Hungary, 1994 - Prize of Minority Category
  • Alter-native Film Festival Turgu Mures,Romania, 1994
  • Society for Visual Anthropology, Atlanta, 1994 - Award of Excellence
  • Uppsala Short Film Festival,Sweden, 1994 - Filmkaja for the best
  • Harvard University,MA, 2006/2007

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