About Haruna Honcoop

documentary film maker, photographer, world traveller and adventurer


followed by the introduction to the Communist-era architecture and Q&A with the director Haruna Honcoop

13/1 (SAT) 16:00 Wings gallery – Beijing, Songzhuang, Beijing, China
19/1 (FRI) 19:00 Czech Centre Tokyo ・チェコセンター東京 (discussion with art/architecture historian Helena Capkova and Petr Holy)
25/1 (THU) 19:00 Cafe Philo 慕哲咖啡 Taipei, Taiwan

more details: https://built-to-last-project.com/film-screenings/

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Info in English/Chinese follows:

BUILT TO LAST – RELICS OF COMMUNIST ERA ARCHITECTURE (2017, 59′) is an experimental documentary film by Czech-Japanese director Haruna Honcoop(洪春菜) exploring the fate of architecture built during the post-war communist period (1945-1989) in 11 countries in Central and Eastern Europe.

基业长青——共产建筑遗风(2017年, 59分钟)是一部由洪春菜(Haruna Honcoop)执导的实验纪录片。旨在探索11个中欧与东欧国家战后共产主义时期(1945-1989)建筑的命途。

Moving along the spiral from Moscow to Berlin, Warsaw, Prague, Bratislava, Budapest, Bucharest, Belgrade, Pristina, Tirana and Sofia, the film mixes the past and present conditions of administrative buildings, museums, monuments, working class homes, communist party headquarters, hotels, and panel housing projects.


The present-day condition of the architecture of communism is interspersed with sequences from historical documentaries and archival film materials. Each short film is accompanied by soundtrack composed by contemporary musicians from the country in question, interspersed with the political speeches of communist leaders such as Lenin, Walter Ulbricht, Janos Kádár, Nicolae Ceausescu, Josip Broz Tito and Todor Zhivkov. Shall we demolish or preserve the communist-era architecture? Forget our past?


Film produced by / 制片公司 : FAMU – Film and Tv School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, FreeSaM Production and Haruna Honcoop

Thank you Renai Yôngyáo Wai for the Chinese version of the poster and Jessica Zhao for the Chinese synopsis translation.

Built to Last got an Award for the Best documentary film at ARCHFILM LUND festival 2017 in Sweden


The Award Ceremony took place on 8 October 2017 at Skissernas Museum.

The Jury statement: ArchFilmLund Prize 2017 for the best documentary goes to film BUILT TO LAST for asking an important question of preserving or demolishing the Soviet architecture objects and for daring experimental way of displaying architectural objects in their historical context, through a magnificent combination of archive images, movies and enhancing historical sounds. 

More information about the festival ARCHFILM LUND is HERE.



We are in the last postproduction phase of the 3 years long project BUILT TO LAST – RELICS OF SOCIALIST ARCHITECTURE, collaborating with FAMU editor Josef Hrdlička and music dramaturgist and producer Tadeáš Haager on the final touches.

The film will be released in September 2017.

World premiere will happen on 6 October 2017 at ARCHFILM LUND Festival, Sweden.

From Josef K to Lustration: Bureaucracy in Central Europe – audiovisual installation

Students from The Center For AudioVisual Studies at FAMU presented a series of linked installations exploring Bureaucracy and Totalitarianism. Not limited to Central European subjects, the works, using sound, video, sculpture, text and documentation from a public action explore the personal experience of the bureaucratic limiting of personal freedom(s). Haruna Honcoop, Petr Pololáník, Veronika Přistoupilová, Tomáš Roček, Matěj Šenkyřík and Andrej Sýkora were joined by their their department Chair Eric Rosenzveig and a fellow student from Charles University’s Film Studies Dept. Ondřej Bezucha. The works were presented in a hallway at NYU’s Richtruv Dum between February 23-24 with a guided tour by the artists slated for 18:00 on 24.2.