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CZECH RAPUBLIC - First documentary about the Czech hip hop scene shows how close the Czech rap can come to humour and irony.
PERMANENT RESIDENCE PRAGUE - Starring Prague Mayor Pavel Bém, Metropolitan policemen and roofless people.
MARCELA - The story of Marcela was especially moving as we witness the death of her daughter at the end.
MY 20TH CENTURY - Director Olga Sommerová examined the private lives of three Czech women born before WW2, during the time of the first Czechoslovak Republic.
- 24.2.2013 -
The acclaimed director Audrius Stonys ranks among the most prominent Lithuanian documentary filmmakers. According to Stonys, the issue of freedom plays the main part in cinematography, being more important than any aesthetic criterion. Especially as there still are attempts to restrict such freedom, only they have taken the form of dictatorship of money. 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”.
- 18.2.2013 -
for FREE STREAM from February 4 to February 17
Agnès Varda's creative film Cléo from 5 to 7 is considered one of the gems of the French New Wave. Varda herself is against categorising. In her films, she focuses on topics such as sex, ageing, death and breaking social taboos.
- 4.2.2013 -
Jørgen Leth is a leading figure in experimental documentary filmmaking. We offer a sequel by a rigorously selected retrospective of this Danish director known for example for The Impossible Hour and Life in Denmark.
STREAM FOR FREE from January 28 to February 3
- 28.1.2013 -
World economics – actually a cultural phenomenon?
from January 21 to January 27
Economics not only describes the world, but establishes normative standards, identifying ideal conditions. What is the point of economics? Find the answers to your questions in our selection.
- 17.1.2013 -
MASTERCLASS OF WERNER HERZOG
He is only half-joking when he claims to have re-invented the cinema, as he never held any interest in the films of others and did not want to learn from anyone.
Only few filmmakers manage to remain a mystery, despite having made dozens of films. This is the case of Herzog. We invite you to a meeting during which we will at least partly unravel the Herzog mystery: MASTERCLASS OF WERNER HERZOG.
- 14.1.2013 -
WERNER HERZOG MASTERCLASS
AT THE 7 PLANETE DOC FILM FESTIVAL IN 2010
from January 14 to 20
Director (fictional films, documentary films and operas) Herzog has won numerous national and international awards for his films. He has his own idea of what cinema is. He is only half-joking when he claims to have re-invented the cinema, as he never held any interest in the films of others and did not want to learn from anyone.
- 9.1.2013 -
What is the real face of the presidential candidates?
Miloš Zeman, Karel Schwarzenberg, Jana Bobošíková, Tomio Okamura. Which one of them lived as a pensioner in the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands? Who seems rather aloof? Who wanted to be in control of Czech TV? And who made money running a travel agency for stuffed toys?
The presidential campaign has reached its peak, with the first direct presidential elections taking place already on Friday. In the past years, several documentarists recorded actions of today‘s candidates most of whom did not seem likely to run for the presidential office. From 7th to 13th January 2013, DAFilms offers free access to a unique selection of documentaries addressing the same question: What is the real face of the presidential candidates? Our film choice portrays mainly those candidates who had a major media presence, it does not cover the entire range of the presidential candidates.
Travel agency for stuffed toys and the Czech TV crisis
Stone Games , a documentary that currently sparks heated debates, shows a tragicomic drama revolving around events related to a monument commemorating murdered Germans who lived in the borderland. At the same time, the film presents the pre–election efforts of various politicians, including Miloš Zeman and Jana Bobošíková. The premiere of Toytravel story, a short documentary by Radovan Síbrt, brings us to an absurd world of a travel agency for stuffed toys whose investor is Tomio Okamura. In his film Dreamless Nights, Radim Špaček recorded one of the most significant media events of the last decade - the Czech TV crisis, in which Jana Bobošíková played an important, yet controversial role. All We Know Is Everything Will Turn Out Well by Helena Papírníková introduces Karel Schwarzenberg. Robert Sedláček’s documentary Miloš Zeman - one politician's obituary is currently of interest mainly because it shows Miloš Zeman’s determination to stay away from politics and Sedláček’s correct guess that Zeman will not remain “a political corpse”.
- 7.1.2013 -
CZECH PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS
Miloš Zeman, Karel Schwarzenberg, Jana Bobošíková, Tomio Okamura.
Who was a senior citizen from Vysočina? Who regularly falls asleep during important meetings? Who wanted to take over Czech Television? Who was interested in making money on a travel agency for stuffed animals? Watch selected portraits of the candidates before the presidential election.
WATCH THE CANDIDATES FOR FREE from January 7 to 13.
- 3.1.2013 -