“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.
Events on the DAFilms portal
We present a retrospective of the prominent documentary filmmaker Nicolas Philibert. This French director is a critic of documentary activism who calls himself “a bit of an anti-Michael Moore”, refusing, unlike one of the most famous activist filmmakers, to „think for the audience“. On the contrary, he „offers them something they can think about“.
Bert Haanstra was born in 1916 in Holten in the Netherlands. He became a professional filmmaker in 1947. He received international acclaim for his short documentary film Mirror of Holland, which was awarded the Grand Prix for a short film at the Cannes festival in 1951. Throughout his carrier, Haanstra has won over a hundred film awards.
The acclaimed director Audrius Stonys ranks among the most prominent Lithuanian documentary filmmakers. Stonys believes that documentary filmmaking was not born out of the desire to provide information. It was born out of astonishment and the possibility of being able to stop time and contemplate the miracle called “the world”. In response to a seemingly perplexing question: “Who makes your films?” Stonys said...
Jørgen Leth (born 1937), living legend of world documentary, writer and poet, studied literature and anthropology. In the 1960s, he became a leading personality of Danish poetic modernism and experimental film. In his films, Leth creates film images similarly to a painter. At the beginning, he directs both the characters and the camera; during shooting, he stops “painting” the scenes and becomes an observer of the depicted events.
A new project entitled The Greats of World Documentary Film is launched with a unique retrospective of 17 documentary films including the successful documentaries The Beaches of Agnès and The Gleaners and I by the French director Agnès Varda. “The fact that Varda is one of the gems of world cinema whose works must be made accessible to viewers across the globe was never doubted at DAFilms even for a second,” says Diana Tabakov, acquisitions manager at DAFilms.
We offer a carefully selected retrospective of Nikolaus Geyrhalter, awarded Austrian filmmaker, most known for example for Our Daily Bread (how modern food production works) or his festival hit Abendland (about European obsession with technology and security)... Watch for a SMALL FEE from December 3 to 9.
Viola Ježková is a Czech documentary film director, student of Documentary Film Departement at FAMU, Prague. Her short student film My Body's Body was awarded of Best documentary film at FAMUFEST NOIR 2012.
In the 1960s, he became a leading personality of Danish poetic modernism and experimental film. In his films, he creates film images similarly to a painter. At the beginning, he directs both the characters and the camera; during shooting, he stops “painting” the scenes and becomes an observer of the depicted events - the living legend Jørgen Leth celebrates 75 years this year. This is a great occasion to look back through all his internationally acclaimed films!
Sean McAllister is a British documentary filmmaker who has brought stories from Israel, Iraq, Japan, and most recently Syria and Yemen. Sean's films portray people with characteristic intimacy and frankness, specifically in the film Japan: A Story of Love and Hate. Do not miss this unique opportunity to watch 5 films from a filmmaker who Michael Moore marks as "one of the most brave and powerful filmmakers around".
It is not a mere chance that Pavel Koutecký ranked among the association’s leading collaborators. Koutecký seems to have been predetermined for the position of a “filmmaker-sociologist” by his constant interest in the current course of events and great social topics. So did his signature style based on the method of careful, non-invasive observation. However, Pavel Koutecký only seems to have fulfilled this “role” in his works.