If you were born in communist Czechoslovakia, it was very likely that you practiced for the so-called Spartakiads. For decades, millions of people of all ages regularly performed in these mass gymnastic displays that took place in Prague, in the world’s biggest stadium.

Taking their inspiration from the Czech people’s traditional interest in mass gymnastic exercise, the Spartakiads established themselves as a potent symbolism of communism. But, as they headed towards their final decade in the 1980s, they had become not only a strange megalomanic phenomenon, popular with the majority of citizens, but also the subject of a fascinating national power game.

Navigating through propaganda films, personal videos and found footage, We Love Life explores how the complex nuances of life under an authoritarian regime were reflected in these unique choreographic events. Ultimately the film is a form of inquiry into the relationship between the state and the human body.

DCP; b&w, colour; sound 5.1; 29 min; UK 2022

Co-funded by the Creative Europe MEDIA Programme of the European Union

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MoMA Doc Fortnight

The Museum of Modern Art, New York

United States 2023

Tampere Film Festival

International Competition

Finland 2023

Vienna International Film Festival
The Ordinary Devotions Programme
Austria 2022

Buenos Aires Int. Festival of Independent Cinema
Best Avant-Garde and Genre Film Nominee
Argentina 2022

Special Mention of the Jury Award
Spain 2022

Frontdoc International Documentary Festival
Best Mid-Length Documentary Award
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IBAFF International Film Festival
Special Mention of the Jury Award
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Black Canvas International Film Festival
The State of the World Programme
Mexico 2022

Cork International Film Festival
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