Human Rights Competition

Auto*Mate

Year
2009
Country
Czech Republic
Duration
90’
Director
Martin Marecek

The story tracks the development of the AUTO*MATE initiative, while capturing dialogues with various protagonists. There are manager general of the SKODA car-company, the Mayor of Prague, sociologists, businessmen, biking moms, car freaks… Therefore, AUTO*MATE isn’t a simple, transparent criticism (of the automobile culture). It attempts to reveal the causes in people’s ideas about the purpose and place of Humankind on Earth. AUTO*MATE is the initiative to make the city livable! AUTO*MATE is a cure, but most of all, we have to cure ourselves… To be able to love our "space", we first need to make it a place to live in, not to drive through. Any neighborhood or village needs to become a micro-cosmos shaped by human work, where people work, live, rest, learn, communicate and walk, a place people treat as their common home.

Production and Sales
Bionaut Films (Czech Republic), Vratislav Slajer, Delnicka 47, 170 00 Prague, Czech Republic, tel. 00420 222 967 358 / 00420 222 967 357, bionaut@bionaut.cz , www.bionaut.cz
Director
Martin Marecek

Martin Marecek started cultural studies at the Philosophical Faculty at Prague’s Charles University in 1992, but he went on to graduate from the Department of Documentary Film at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU) (2002). In his documentary filmmaking, he focuses on the “ecology of the spirit”, the role of the non-profit sector, and the chance of the individual to shift or even change the world of today.

Filmography

Maple ?98 (1998), Egg Methods (1999), Dust Games (2001), Source (2005), Auto*Mat (2009)

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