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- 28.7.2014 9:33 -

New film additions on the shelves of DAFilms.com!

New docs online

Do you want to keep up to date with the new film additions in our online catalogue? You will appreciate our selection of the five most recent films that share the same subject. An uncompromising look at the most pressing political issues ranging from the Gaza strip conflict to the alarming number of young unemployed in Europe. Find out about our new and up-to-date offer!

The focus of media all over the world is currently on the escalation of the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians in the Gaza strip. What is the everyday life of those who are directly affected by the political and physical aggression? How do people live in areas that have to recover from a state of war over and over again? In January 2009, several weeks after the end of the long-term Israeli offensive, the Swiss director, Nicolas Wadimoff, ventured into the Gaza strip with his camera. In his film AISHEEN/STILL ALIVE IN GAZA, he patiently follows the everyday life of the locals, whose ordinary routines include cleaning up endless piles of rubble and debris, children playing games in dusty buildings with smashed windows and omnipresent concerns about the future. This feature documentary has travelled not only to European festivals but also to festivals in the Middle East and garnered several awards.

You can watch the seemingly peaceful attempt for independence in the documentary, ORANIA, dealing with a non-traditional social experiment. In the middle of the sun-scorched South African Republic, an autonomous social group has emerged, comprising exclusively the descendants of white citizens. The self-proclaimed community lays down its own laws and regulations for the life in a brand new microcosm, strictly banned for any other ethnic groups. What may look like a desire for freedom turns out to be an extreme attempt for a "pure" racist policy.

The protagonists of the documentary film, GRADUATES: FREEDOM IS NOT FOR FREE, by the Slovak director, Tomáš Krupa, are also confined to their own isolated world. The film captures the characters at the time of their awakening after graduation, forced to leave the familiar and safe territory of their university. How will they fare on the labour market? Young Europeans suffer from the consequences of the economic recession and there is only a small step to frustration and aggression.

The transformation of identity and living conditions, this time not of an individual but the national collective, is the focus of the film TIRANA by the French director, Alexander Schellow, which employs specifically selected methods of visual representation and narration. This mid-length film, unique in its formal diversity, uses interviews and re-enactment of memories and a personal commentary to trace the process of creating a civil society in newly liberated Albania.

Visible, invisible, slow and turbulent, but still present. This is what characterises social changes, portrayed in all of the selected titles. FUTURES MARKET, the winning film at the film festival in Nantes in 2012 made by the Spanish director, Mercedes Alvarez, attempts to capture their substance using the example of an urban space. A demolition of an old house becomes a playing field for all of the individual key actors that form our living space – business, politics and economic ideology – which constantly transform this field according to their own values.

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