// Your online documentary cinema //

10 Years of Discovering the Best Documentaries for You



rafat_alzakout

Rafat Alzakout

Syria

Biography

Born in 1977 in Syria, Rafat Alzakout graduated in 2003 at the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Damascus in theater acting and started his career as theater actor and director. In 2011 and with the outburst of the popular uprising in his home country, Rafat started to search for ways to interlace theater with film and gained first experience in short filmmaking by directing around 30 satiric short films that use puppet theatre to lampoon the unfolding events in Syria.

As of 2012, his interest in documentary filmmaking led him to start working on his first feature documentary entitled “Home”, in which he depicts over a period of three years, how the dream of living in a free country with space for artistic creativity and personal reveries was shattered and gave place to eventual disillusionment and loss.

Home_1

Home

Home (Orig.) / 2015 / Lebanon, Syria / 70 min

Syria. A body undulating in the wind, in the evening light, a graceful and fragile silhouette of a dancer fi lmed close to the skin. Such is what is stated, in reverse, in the project of this fi rst fi lm by Rafat Alzakout: beauty and the work of art as a guide for a fi lm shot in the turmoil of civil war while bodies become destroyed fl esh. We follow a small group of men including Ahmad the dancer, Taj the art teacher and former lieutenant, without forgetting, unseen but dialoguing with them, Alzakout...

Detail…



News

Visegrad? Where the hell is that?

Visegrad? Where the hell is that?

With this daring motto, playfully ironic visual design and primarily interesting film selection, Visegrad Film Festival presented its programme in Cork, Ireland. How was it, where does it go and why is it actually held in Ireland?

Read more…

- 26.9.2016 -

A Showcase of Asian Documentary Film Jewels? TIDF!

A Showcase of Asian Documentary Film Jewels? TIDF!

The interest in all things Asian is growing faster than capital markets in the global world. That goes for documentary films as well. The contemporary production of Asian documentary filmmakers is regularly presented by Taiwan International Documentary Festival.

Read more…

- 12.9.2016 -

Gulîstan, Land of Roses Wins Prestigious Doc Alliance Selection Award at Locarno IFF

Gulîstan, Land of Roses Wins Prestigious Doc Alliance Selection Award at Locarno IFF

On Sunday, August 7, young director Zaynê Akyol became the 9th winner of the unique Doc Alliance Selection Award that is awarded since 2008 by the international Doc Alliance platform. The Kurdish director based in Canada received the award during an award ceremony at Locarno IFF. Along with the award, the filmmaker also received financial support of 5.000 euro for her future film.

Read more…

- 8.8.2016 -

More news…