Leaving Beginnings Behind

Opouštět Počátky

When does life begin? For four women on the cusp of adulthood, the moment comes when they leave the youth custody centre in Počátky. They all have great plans – and all want to avoid repeating their parents’ mistakes.

Looking for work, housing, cigarettes: Denisa, Adéla, Kristýna and Pavla are all confronted with the reality the facility had protected them from. Moving through a maze of challenges, they encounter unknown obstacles, alternating between dead ends and renewed attempts to finish their education and find a place in society. They experience heartbreak, return to their parents, and start their own families. Will they learn from the mistakes that brought them to institutional care, or will they repeat them when they themselves become parents? Building on her relationship with the protagonists of her previous film, Beginnings, the director sensitively presents the pitfalls associated with transitioning from institutional to independent life.

Impact

The Czech documentary film Leaving Beginnings Behind focuses on the shortcomings of the system for helping young adults upon leaving children’s homes, who often find themselves without work, proper housing and ill-prepared for what awaits them in their lives at home. The Give Kids a Chance (Dejme dětem šanci) organisation is there to prevent such scenarios. Thanks to individual contributions, children have a chance to save money for the future, gain better study opportunities and be in touch with the outside world. Every bit of support counts!

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About the film

Czech Republic
2021 / 97 min.

Director
Linda Kallistová Jablonská

Language
Czech

Subtitles
Czech, English

Director

Linda Kallistová Jablonská

Linda Kallistová Jablonská

2021 - Leaving Beginnings Behind
2020 - Doggy Love
2016 - In the Child's Best Interests
2013 - Beginnings
2008 - Welcome to North Korea!

Screenings

24. 3.
21:00 h
Praha: Městská knihovna MS
Audio Description Open captions for the Deaf and hard of hearing
27. 3.
16:00 h
Praha: Světozor MS
Audio Description Open captions for the Deaf and hard of hearing
Discussion
Linda Kallistová Jablonská, director
30. 3.
18:00 h
Praha: Ponrepo
Audio Description Relaxed Screening Open captions for the Deaf and hard of hearing
Discussion
Linda Kallistová Jablonská, director

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