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- 27.11.2009 15:08 -



From 23 to 29 November, as a simultaneous offer with the Andrzej Wajda Master School films, Doc Alliance presents all FIVE FILMS from the 2008 Doc Alliance Selection for FREE STREAMING. All five films will remain permanently on www.docalliancefilms.com. Please check out the RECENTLY ADDED page for new docs on Doc Alliance Films.

  • Comeback by Max Plettau

In a dark, seedy attic in Munich German lives and trains boxing pro, Juergen "The Rock" Hartenstein, ex-German Champion in the super middleweight division. Juergen hasn't fought in three years and makes a living as a bouncer in a bar. Week after week he tries to arrange a fight through US matchmakers on the phone in a local call shop. Juergen's dream is to launch his international comeback on his own account. Eventually, Juergen is called to fight an American newcomer in Philadelphia and, together with his trainer, he sets off to the home of Rocky. This is his big chance.

  • Existence by Marcin Koszalka

Jerzy Nowak, a renowned 84 year old Polish actor who has appeared in Andrzej Wajda films as well as Steve Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List”, decided that after death, his body should be used for the benefit of science. This intimate documentary follows Mr. Nowak as he makes this most personal and final decision and reveals his own dilemmas and thoughts about death. As an actor, Jerzy is playing his last role, while at the same time the first leading role of his life. Personal, ironic and often times positive, Jerzy Nowak passionately explains the reasons for this sometimes taboo raising and controversial decision

  • The Mother by Pavel Kostomarov and Antoine Cattin

Lyuba flees with her nine children to the countryside to escape from a violent husband. She tries to earn a living at a dairy farm and, despite the family’s hand-to-mouth existence, she plans to adopt 3-year-old Sasha, who is neglected by a work colleague. In the spirit of cinéma vérité, the filmmakers record the life of Lyuba and her children over a three-year period. We witness the imprisonment of her eldest son, the marriage of her daughter Alesia to tractor-driver Zhenya, and the brief romance between Lyuba and Sergei. The Mother is a raw and poetic portrait of a woman who, despite her ill fortune, manages to express her love for her children and live a dignified existence.

  • Citizen Havel by Pavel Koutecky and Miroslav Janek

In the course of 13 years the crew has filmed 45 hours of images and recorded 90 hours of sound material. This truly unique material offers new looks behind the scenes of international politics in the late twentieth and early twenty-first century, and also into events in a post-totalitarian country during its transition to democracy.Václav Havel was a key figure in the great changes that took place in central and Eastern Europe in the 1990s – the film material captures his work and influence both in his country and internationally.

  • Everything Is Relative by Mikala Krogh

A kaleidoscope journey through human emotions, showing that our reactions are relative to the conditions guiding our lives. To the accompaniment of a beautifully stirring soundtrack, and under chapters such as Love, Happiness, Loss and Light, we zoom in on emotional moments around the world. Everything is Relative succeeds in highlighting the ties that bind us together in the emotional roller coaster of our lives.

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