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Ondřej Šálek

Czech Republic / Website


Ondřej Šálek is director, documentarist and audiovisual artist.

When he was little, he was used to wake up in the middle of the night due to fear, that he will become a car mechanic. And thus little Ondrej wasn’t never good enough in gym, dexterity or technical skills and he avoided almost pathologically to any motosport knowledge. Only one thing remained to him - will to learn. That made him a die-hard student of university education. One specialization wasn’t enough, not even two, so he added the third and then it was too much, so he canceled one of these. Despite all of this he successfully finished film studies, journalism and audiovisual arts. Good for him.

In the end he was fed up of university education, so he realized that meaning of life could be somewhere else than in rotten and institutional education. So he went through a bunch meaningless jobs like malicious and capitalist telemarketing, bellboy in five-star hotels, occasionally jobs as a promoter. Then he learnt difference between café ristretto and café doppio and he became a barista. Meanwhile he went to Brazil for half a year, where he learnt Portuguese and taught kids from poor families, what does it mean cross-cut and how to round curves with Ferrari F50 in Need for Speed II. Then he spent almost half-year in Nairobian slums as a volunteer, where he tried to raise new generation of Kenyans photographers, filmmakers and graphic artists.

All of that formed him into universal and open-minded personality. So Ondřej Šálek is conceptualist, expert of moving images, visual juggler, principal of irony, bon vivant of humor and leftist philosopher. Among his hobbies there are stormy fights about post-structuralism, advocacy of feminism and contemplation about documentary cinema.

Be a Man! / Buď chlap! (2011)
Deadly Katana / Katana noci (2014)
Černoušek (2015)
The Epic Moving of Pavel Skála to the Free Land of Liberland / Epochální stěhování Pavla Skály do svobodné země Liberland (2015)


The Epic Moving of Pavel Skála to the Free Land of Liberland

Epochální stěhování Pavla Skály do svobodné země Liberland (Orig.) / 2015 / Czech Republic / 10 min

Vít Jedlička founded in between of Croatia and Serbia new state Liberland, that represents for many Czechs a hope for dignified life without tax paying to Czech state. Pavel Skala, deputy of Liberland minister of finance, is thus on the way to Balkan to cofund new international tax heaven...





“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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- 16.1.2017 -

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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