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Ross McElwee

United States


Ross McElwee is an American documentary filmmaker known for his autobiographical films about his family and personal life, usually interwoven with an episodic journey that intersects with larger political or philosophical issues. Cultural aspects of his Southern upbringing are present in his humorous and often self-deprecating films. He received the Career Award at the 2007 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

Space Coast (1979) co-director Michel Negroponte
Charleen (1980)
Resident Exile (1981) co-director Alex Anthony and Michel Negroponte
Backyard (1984)
Sherman's March (1986)
Something to Do with the Wall (1990) co-director Marilyn Levine
Time Indefinite (1993)
Six O'Clock News (1997)
Bright Leaves (2003)
In Paraguay (2008)
Photographic Memory (2011)


This is Life

This is Life (Orig.) / 2014 / Switzerland / 4 min

A short film by Ross McElwee, who gave a masterclass at Visions du Réel in 2014.





“My work has two strands: the first one deals with direct political images of violence, aggression and protest, mostly in Israeli-Palestinian context. It’s critique of news media, researching the complex, both realistic and surrealistic aspects of these images. The second strand of videos is more abstract and universal, dealing with cognitive, environmental and existential issues,” says the director about his works.

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Charter 77

Charter 77

We commemorate the 40th anniversary of the founding of Charter 77 by presenting documentary profiles of the signatories to this important initiative of anti-communist resistance. Learn more about the context of this historical event by means of an authentic film experience.

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- 10.1.2017 -

Merry and Cinematic Christmas from DAFilms!

Merry and Cinematic Christmas from DAFilms!

A bonus subscription to DAFilms.com is a present you will never get tired of thanks to its diversity. You can get it for your close ones or just for yourself.

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