During the 1920s Tomas Bata and his step brother Jan Antonín Bata, the global icons of the entrepreneurship from a little city of Czechoslovakia called Zlin, begun to base the brand new cities around the world in order to expand their local business. During several next decades there have been founded about fifty new towns built according to the unique social and architectural model. Today there is only a few that has survived. Our movie tells the story about people that keep living in these places. Either from the third or the first world they have more in common than could be obvious. The film has been shot in five "bata cities": Zlin in Czech Republic - the home town of the Bata Story, Bata-Borovo in Croatia, Batanagar in West Bengal of India, Bataypora in Brazil and Batadorp in Netherlands. Matea, Shona, Be, Henrik and Vera live thousands of miles away from each other. They have a different year of birth and they belong to diverse social groups. Whereas twenty-years old Shona has to survive with a few dollars for a week in indian Batanagar, Henrik recaps his life in West Europe with enough of everything but satisfying family relationship. Adolescent Matea cares only about living on her own and leaving the town that fascinates only her father and a few elders. Bé has to decide if he would stay in his native Brazilian Bataypora, or leave for Czech Republic following his love. Vera from Zlin sacrificed her whole life to the work in a shoe factory but the place has of future as the industry fades out. Our heroes are connected by the history of the place they are staying. How did the dream about golden future of one genius business megalomaniac changed after nearly 100 years?

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Running Time
1 hours 15 minutes
Petr Babinec, Karolina Zalabáková
Karolina Zalabáková
Czech Republic
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

Comments about documentary «Batalives» (20)

Jerry P. avatar
Jerry P.

Karolina Zalabáková really surprised me! Not only did he assemble a surprisingly talented cast, but he was able to make you really connect with the situation.

Donna avatar

This movie is amazing! Without a doubt 5 stars!

Joyce avatar

Very highly recommended to add to your movie collection.

Kathryn R. avatar
Kathryn R.

This movie surprised me, it was really good. This is a movie worth watching!

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Tyler R. avatar
Tyler R.

Words cannot describe the perfection that is this film. Petr Babinec did a fantastic job! Solid cast, action, effects, everything.

Ann M. avatar
Ann M.

I loved watching this movie. Very good movie and it was kind of sad at the end. A MUST watch movie.

Samuel Rose avatar
Samuel Rose

This is a film that should be seen because it’s a great movie.

Eugene avatar

I highly recommend. Has a great story line.

Christina avatar

This movie caught me off guard. It is outstanding.

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Edward Mendoza

Excellent movie. It made my day after being bedbound recovering from a cold.