documentaries in english
a new tense
BBC Radio 4, Shortcuts – 20th of September 2022
At first, Fagradsfjall was spying out lava and there was a rumble from deep within the earth. I listened to it from my covid-isolated flat in the Czech Republic. Then, my father suddenly passed away, 1.000 kilometers North.
This is a story about traveling to Denmark, back to the room of a father who just died, a room full of things to deal with, but also a room where language comes short and needs re-invention. Finding and reading a calendar provides certain clues, phone conversations with strangers and a song composed by a niece others. A New Tense is a story about learning the language of loss.
Sound: Martin Ožvold
Editor: Eleanor McDowall
Lockdown in stereo
Created for myself and the Hear Say Festival 2021
I moved to a new flat in a new city. Then lock-down came. Not much happening, apart from online schools, dishes, isolation and money problems. But past struggles concerning an investigative series starts reappearing into the void of four new walls.
A report from lock/break-down times in the Czech Republic.
Sound: Adam Voněs
/ Winner of HearSay Festival 2021: Create Gold Award, Create GanBerla Award and Create Fearless Award
/ Shortlisted at Third Coast Festival 2021
At the closed border
Field Recordings Podcast, April 2020
All Czech borders with neighboring countries have remained closed since the middle of March (precisely since the 14th of March). The only traffic allowed through/past are trucks transporting goods. These closed borders remind everyone – including me who wasn’t even here to live it – of an otherwise distant past of a closed communist Czechoslovakia. Hidden behind a row of trees together with my girlfriend Katka on the 4th of April, I crossed the border by foot; and sitting behind some bushes just next to the transit I recorded the chattering of the border guards, the controlling of the trucks as well as the periodic silence – silence in the sense of bird song, insects and eventually my own breath – of this closed border.
Photo: Kateřina Nedbalková
DaS KAPITAL - A very strange story
BBC Radio 3, December 2017
The grand plan
Czech Radio, February 2016 – translated into English at Radioatlas, November 2016
Claire lives in her house on an island in Canada. She’s 87 years old and searching for love. A couple of years ago, she signed up to a dating agency. But there’s one problem: There are no men. Or as Claire puts it, ‘The men are either sick or dead.’
Claire writes a column in the newspaper about her loneliness and hopeless search for a relationship. By chance, Brit comes across it and an idea begins to take form. In fact it’s not just an idea but a grand plan about how Claire may finally find love.
Author: Brit Jensen
Sound: Jiří Slavičínský
/ Nominated for Prix Europa 2016. Came out number 5.
Ironcurtainproject.eu and Czech Radio, march-november 2016
When a regime changes over night, certain stories become homeless. Logic and language change, new taboos form. ToldUntold is a project inviting Czechs to tell their own untold stories from pre-89 Czechoslovakia.
Author: Brit Jensen,
Sound: Roman Špála
ToldUntold is a cooperation between the dutch Ironcurtainproject.eu and Czech national Radio.
Yusra, swim for your life
BBC 4 and BBC World Service, August-September 2016
This is a story which has made news around the world - the teenage Syrian refugee who swam to survive, and was then selected to compete in the pool for the refugee team at the Olympic Games in Rio.
Czech journalist Magdaléna Sodomková met Yusra and her sister Sara in Serbia in august 2015. Together with photographer Lâm Duc Hiên she followed Yusra as she travelled on foot to the Hungarian border, eventually making her way to Germany, and beginning a new life in Berlin. We also follow her training, her selection for the Games, and her experiences in Rio.
Autors of the original Czech production: Magdaléna Sodomková and Brit Jensen.
BBC producers: Clare Walker and Tom Alban.
I have been to Maidan today
ABC Radio National, Australia, The 21st of September 2014
What happened on Maidan square in Kiev earlier this year? Why has it brought Russia and The West to the brink of war?
Come behind the barricades to meet the Ukrainian protesters who occupied Independence Square in freezing temperatures, withstanding violent clashes with police.
Our guide is Oleh, a young lawyer, who kept an audio diary during the events. He tentatively joined the protests after work most days but he was afraid of the violence and what might happen. We meet his friends; Svitlana who bravely told a local government official to resign, Inna who prepared food for the freezing protesters, Syomkin who gathered stones and Molotov cocktails to throw at the dreaded Burkut Special Forces, Alex from Eastern Ukraine who desperately wants order restored and Oleh’s uncle, a Police Colonel, who crossed the barricades to protect the protesters.
Author: Brit P. Jensen, executive producer: Claudia Taranto, sound engineer: Mark Don
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