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Chasing The Wada Dream

What does blockchain mean for Africa?
That’s the basic question for the documentary that describes
the initiative called Wada in its early stage.

We follow the story of Mercy and Josh, Megan and Manfo, Afia and Daniel and many others who are bringing education and new opportunities with this modern technology for Africa.

  • Petr Smělík
  • Petr Smělík
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    40 minutes 51 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 9, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Czech Republic
  • Country of Filming:
    Cameroon, Ghana, Switzerland, United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English, French
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • 10th International Film Festival in Kinshasa, DRC
    Congo, the Democratic Republic of the
    October 20, 2023
    Official Selection
  • WD 2023 Arts & Film Festival
    July 20, 2023
    Official Selection to Women Deliver Arts & Film Festival 2023
Director Biography - Petr Smělík

Petr Smělík
Editor. Director. Documentary filmmaker.

2006 – Tokio Brothers • editor, producer • film school project • received 2 awards in Japan
2009 – Phantom of Liberty II • editor • distribution: ARTE awarded in CZ
2018 – TV series Enclosed World • editor • awarded at MFDF Jihlava 2018 CZ
2020 – A Year in a Village • director, producer • distribution: JMT Films, Czech TV • Awarded Best Film at Acampadoc Panamá
2021 - Na programu televize • editor • 12 episodes • Czech TV
2023 - May Day • director • Czech TV
2023 - Chasing The Wada Dream • director, producer • independent

Petr Smělík, born 1985, graduated from the Film School in Zlín, Czech republic. A pivotal movie for him was the puppet animation, The Tokio Brothers, on which he worked as both the producer and the editor. The film was featured at the 2006 Japan Media Arts Festival and was awarded a prize at the 2007 Tokyo International Anime Fair.

In 2009 Petr edited Přízrak svobody II, a documentary co-produced by Czech Television, Endorfilm and Arte. This film was awarded Special prize as an “audacious experiment with time in a fringe of documentary genre”. The range of Petr`s experience includes editing TV shows, TV films and documentaries.

The series Enclosed World, which features life behind bars, was awarded the prize Czech Joy at MFDF Jihlava 2018.
Petr`s documentary “A Year in a village” is his debut as a director. This project received Best Documentary Film Award at Acampadoc Panamá 2020.

In 2023 Czech television released "May Day" -
Petr's documentary about the history of this day throughout 1890 - 1990.

Chasing The Wada Dream was awarded Best Short Film at Nucast Online Film Festival - first decentralized film festival using Cardano blockchain technology and was selected to Women Deliver Arts & Film Festival 2023 in Rwanda.
It has been recognized as a semi-finalist at Serbest IFF in Moldova and selected to International Film Festival in Kinshasa 2023.

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Director Statement

„I'm fascinated by documentary filmmaking mostly for its ability to carry viewers to worlds they wouldn't be able to visit otherwise. The most important goal of my creative process is to capture the life that surrounds us honestly and truly, yet with a strong audiovisual emphasis."