MoMA regularly organizes various screenings, retrospectives and annual film events, such as Documentary Fortnight: MoMA's International Festival of Nonfiction Film. This selection of international feature-length and short documentaries from around the world represents a wide range of creative categories that extend the idea of the documentary form and reflect on new areas of nonfiction practice.
For more details, please visit the festival’s website.
MoMA: Documentary Fortnight 2011
February 16–28, 2011
NYC / USA
Katka , Czech Republic, 2010, 90 min, 35 mm, HD, Creative, Longitudinal, Portrait
Helena Třeštíková's film is a remarkable documentary tracing fourteen years in the life of a young junkie and her futile battle with drug addiction. Why did she start taking drugs? She claims she wanted to be different. The year is 1996 and 19-year-old Katka lives in the Sananim therapy community in the town of Němčice with hope for a normal life – she dreams of having a boyfriend and even a family, some day. But there's no happy ending. The director records Katka's descent over the years into a spiral of theft, prostitution, physical and psychological deterioration – a spiral that is broken only by brief flashes of hope and resolutions to stop taking drugs. Katka's desire is sincere, but in the end drugs always win. Will Katka finally find the strength when she becomes pregnant and motherhood offers her life-sustaining motivation?
KATKA AWARDED AT RIDM MONTREAL