In Motherland or Death you don't add to the uncritical fascination with the Island of Freedom but you don't talk to dissidents either. You avoid siding with any of these typical images of contemporary Cuba. The film is rather a portrait of decay and rupture... An interview with Vitaly Mansky on Russian documentary world by Hana Rezkova (IDF).
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Although Prix Arte does not sound as stylish as Oscar, the European Academy Awards, too have an excellent reputation in the filmmaking community. Held already for the 24th time on Saturday, December 3 in Berlin, the presenting ceremony will include awards in the category of documentary film. While waiting for the name of this year’s winner, you can watch the winning film of 2009; The Sound of Insects: Record of a Mummy
- 28.11.2011 -
At present, Colombia is the most violent country of Latin America. Each year, guerrilla conflicts take their terrible toll in the form of thousands of dead people. For that matter, unrest and instability have prevailed in the country for more than half a century. That is why the first Colombian 3D feature deserves great attention; instead of offering a monumental action spectacle, the animated documentary Little Voices depicts the world of children.
- 15.11.2011 -
“A prison is a social catastrophe for the society which constructed it.” With these words, famous German documentarist Harun Farocki introduces the new Czech film In Sight revealing the fact that the contemporary society is gradually turning into a perfect prison. The film essay by Andrea Slováková is available from November 14 to 20 for free.
- 14.11.2011 -
This week premiere have been taken over from the cinema screens of the Cannes International Film Festival into the distribution of the DAFilms portal. I Want to See tells story of living in the shadow of fear and expectation of salvation; story about the threat of violence and the desire for freedom; story of thwarted plans and resurrected hope.
- 7.11.2011 -
In the past weeks, European fans of documentary film have had a pretty packed schedule. Two documentary festivals; DOK Leipzig and Jihlava IDFF; followed in close succession. Both of these festivals belong among the key partners of Doc Alliance and their activities are regularly reflected on the Dafilms portal. While the programming of the Jihlava festival also deals with films on the borderline between documentary and fiction film, the Leipzig festival includes the Animadoc competition section of animated documentaries. From October 31 to November 6, seven of the films presented in this section are available for free streaming.
- 31.10.2011 -
The Jihlava IDFF and the Doc Alliance Films online portal celebrate the 15th anniversary of the significant event dedicated to documentary film. The portal visitors will have their share as well. From October 24, DAFilms presents several unique films awarded at the Jihlava festival. The selection of the best films of the past years comes from the Between the Seas competition section, traditionally presenting and awarding the best documentaries from Central and Eastern Europe.
- 24.10.2011 -
But a few days are left till the beginning of the 15th Jihlava Documentary Film Festival. Even a quick glance into the programme of the progressive festival will reveal that the genre scope of international film keeps extending and merging. The documentary film of today is more than cinema-verité, introducing other genres such as docu-soap, docu-drama, web documentary, mockumentary; in short, docu-fiction. To watch the genre blend on the backdrop of fiction and reality, go to the Doc Alliance Films from October 17 on.
- 17.10.2011 -
A train arrives at a sleepy train station in the backwoods of the American Midwest. Accompanied by the telling sound of trembling guitar strings, a mysterious stranger in a long coat comes to town. The last just man among economists, Joseph Stiglitz comes back to his hometown to get even with a villain called “The Free Market”.
- 10.10.2011 -