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Celebrate Christmas and the New Year with DAFilms.com and watch the films selected by our international viewers’ jury from December 23 to January 5 for free!

DAFilms.com presents 20 most watched films of 2013 to all film and documentary fans! In the two weeks from December 23 to January 5, you can watch 20 most popular documentaries, including films by world’s top directors, short student films and pioneering archive treasures. Compare your film taste with that of tens of thousands of viewers and pick your own “top” documentary of 2013!

The top positions of our TOP 20 prove that DAFilms.com viewers bet on films by world-famous directors and time-tested documentaries. Two pioneering films from the beginnings of Czech cinema, placed on top of the viewers’ list, have proved that the digitization of archive film footage meets a significant response on the part of the general public. The first monothematic documentary dedicated to the Czech capital Old Prague (1920) and the disaster film Fatal Flight of an Aeroplane under a Prague Bridge (1919) remain in our documentary online catalogue along with another 8 archive pearls from the National Film Archive in Prague until the next year. A large portion of the viewers’ attention was also attracted by films included in the retrospectives of established documentary stars. The short controversial film Women Reply: Our Bodies, Our Sex by the First Lady of French documentary Agnès Varda’s as well as the master class by German solitaire Werner Herzog made it to the top six. However, the fact that DAFilms.com viewers are not afraid of less known filmmakers and experimental works is proved by the success of the psychoanalytical film play Imitations of Life by Canadian artist Mike Hoolboom as well as by the high ratings of the short Portuguese film Praxis. The viewers’ selection also includes Czech and Slovak works, primarily Czech Lion Award nominees Love in the Grave, Věra 68 and Váňa, as well as the latest films by younger documentary filmmakers Zuzana Piussi, Peter Kerekes and Roman Fábian.

Celebrate Christmas and the New Year with DAFilms.com and watch the films selected by our international viewers’ jury from December 23 to January 5 for free!

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Respice Finem

Respice Finem (Orig.) / 1967 / Czech Republic / 15 min

A refined film essay about the loneliness, wisdom and humility of old women.



Věra 68

Věra 68 (Orig.) / 2012 / Czech Republic / 100 min

We are very sorry, this film is available in the Czech Republic only on the occasion of the Czech Lion film and TV awards.



New Life

Nový život (Orig.) / 2012 / Czech Republic, Slovakia / 80 min

This film is a story of a big Slovak catholic family, which has been left by the father. Mother Jana, five daughters and one son Adam were suddenly left alone...




Praxis (Orig.) / 2011 / Portugal / 29 min

Year after year, students from across the country subject themselves to initiation rites when they start college. Hazings, organized by older students, take place throughout the whole first year...




Babylon (Orig.) / 2012 / Tunisia / 119 min

After the insurrection erupted in Libya in the spring of 2012, more than a million people flocked to neighboring Tunisia in search of a safe haven from the escalating violence...



Miners’ Bread

Banícky chlebíček (Orig.) / 2013 / Slovakia / 60 min

In 1909 in the mining area around Rožňava one of the most modern mining factories in Europe was built. Almost 65 percent of the local people worked in the total of 17 mines...



Old Prague

Stará Praha (Orig.) / 1912 / Czech Republic / 5 min

The oldest preserved monothematic film about Prague, capturing the city’s atmosphere at the beginning of the 20th century. Quiet nooks, historical sights, street traffic – unique footage of a tram on the Old-Town Square and traffic bustle on the Charles Bridge.



Fatal Flight of an Aeroplane under a Prague Bridge

Smrtelný let aeroplánu pod pražským mostem (Orig.) / 1919 / Czech Republic / 5 min

A flight under the Prague’s Railway Bridge in July 1919 and its tragic consequences: the death of the director of YMCA in Prague and a river custodian...




Váňa (Orig.) / 2012 / Czech Republic / 75 min

We are very sorry, this film is available in the Czech Republic only on the occasion of the Czech Lion film and TV awards.



Imitations of Life

Imitations of Life (Orig.) / 2003 / Canada / 75 min

Even in this film Mike Hoolboom works with the history of film, with material that is not untangled from interpretations...



Cooking History

Jak se vaří dějiny (Orig.) / 2009 / Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia / 90 min

A documentary film about army cooks and how the everyday needs of thousands of armed stomachs affect the victories and defeats of statesmen.



31 Endings/31 Beginnings

31 konců/31 začátků (Orig.) / 2011 / Czech Republic / 82 min

The film 31 Endings/31 Beginnings is a film debut of the Rafani art collective. The outline of the work consists of mapping of Prague's mostly “underground” culture...



The Dubai in Me

The Dubai in Me (Orig.) / 2010 / Germany / 78 min

A filmic essay depicting Dubai as a capitalist paradise with all the accompanying risks arising from living on debt, environmental destruction, modern forms of slavery, and other ills of the neo-liberal globalized world...



Disease of the Third Power

Nemoc tretej moci (Orig.) / 2011 / Slovakia / 52 min

A political documentary about black holes in the Slovak judiciary system and about the state of law in Slovakia...



All We Know Is Everything Will Turn Out Well

Naše jediná jistota je, že všechno dobře dopadne (Orig.) / 2008 / Czech Republic / 106 min

This film is about a freedom of human life which stays independent from inside and out...




RÉPONSE DE FEMMES (Orig.) / 1975 / France / 8 min

To the question “What is a woman?” posed by a television station, a few women filmmakers have responded, including Agnès Varda...



Docs Against Gravity presents: Masterclass of Werner Herzog

Docs Against Gravity presents: Masterclass of Werner Herzog (Orig.) / 2010 / Poland / 163 min

A living legend of feature and documentary film, Werner Herzog. Author of more than 50 films, a director who throughout his life has posed questions about limits that nature and human impose on each other. He then overcomes these limits as a filmmaker and presents on-screen what he finds on the other side.



An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker

Epizoda u životu berača željeza (Orig.) / 2012 / Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Slovenia / 75 min

Nazif and Senada live with their two daughters in a dilapidated house in a remote Bosnian village. The father tries to keep the family fed by collecting scrap iron.



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