Heaven, Hell| 1hr : 22mins
Director: David Calek | Producer: HBO Czech Republic
Focus Years: 2010 | Country: Czech Republic
"Heaven Hell," is a full-length documentary film project dealing with human diversity that doesn't necessarily lead to Hell, even though it might seem like it from the outsider's point of view. It is an attempt to defend even the very extreme views of freedom, if such views are well-founded and lead to new horizons of human understanding. The movie portrays people who have found pleasure in pain and decided not to hide this passion or at least not to suppress and deny it any more. These people either inflict pain or demand it from others, but they do not force anyone into anything. This closed society is often labelled by its members as 'BDSM.'
We follow people who indulge voluntarily in pain, often paying for it; such pain not only brings them pleasure but shifts their perception across the borderline of ordinary life. We do not deal with any pathological cases. Our four protagonists plunge into the arms of pain voluntarily, pursuing initiation the pain, in its many different forms, provides.
We want to listen to the inner voices honestly, the voices that frequently meet with lack of understanding and rejection expressed by the so called "normal society," which is often xenophobic and refuses any deviance from given standards. We want to speak in support of an honest approach toward truth and knowledge as opposed to snug obedience and procrastination that frequently lead to death, not on the road but while lingering in embarrassment at one spot.