Petr Lom (1968, Czech Republic) began his career as a professor of philosophy with a Harvard Ph.D. His Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan (2004) won numerous prizes worldwide. On a Tightrope (2007) opened at Sundance and won the Grand Prize at the Chicago Documentary Film Festival and Warsaw Human Rights Film Festival. Letters to the President (2009) premiered at the Berlinale. Back to the Square (2012) premiered in Rotterdam, won the Jury Prize in Hong Kong, and was the opening film at One World Prague and the closing film at CPHDOX. Ana Ana (2013) was nominated for best film at IDFA.
Petr Lom at IFFR
Back to the Square
A year after the euphoria on Tahrir Square, the demonstrators’ goals have not even come close to being reached. The country is ruled with an iron fist and there is still no democracy. The ‘eye of the world’ has moved elsewhere. How things have been in Egypt since 25 January 2011 is explained using five portraits of people from various walks of life.
Poet and activist from Myanmar Maung Aung Pwint has spent large swathes of his life in prison. Now the country is free after 50 years of military dictatorship, he reminisces and struggles with painful memories. A poetic, loving documentary about a country reinventing itself.