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Great retrospective of a director with an original sense of humour: Laila Pakalnina

Great retrospective of a director with an original sense of humour: Laila Pakalnina

Laila Pakalnina is one of the most prolific contemporary Latvian directors. She made dozens of documentaries well received at international festivals. In the film Leiputria, the film crew look for new, mutated animal forms living at garbage dumps. This documentary film received the European Film Award. Her feature length films usually have the form of comic, absurd mystification.

- 15.7.2013 -

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THE FRENCH CONNECTION

THE FRENCH CONNECTION

After testing a sample from the EDN (European Documentary Network is a global network for professionals working with documentary film and TV), it is now time to look under the lid of festival cuisine. DAFilms portal presents a selection of the most remarkable films from the FIDMarseille film festival 2011 and 2012.

- 8.7.2013 -

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EDN CHOICE

EDN CHOICE

European Documentary Network is a global network for professionals working with documentary film and TV. Over 1000 members from more than 60 countries have joined EDN. This organisation is open for both newcomers and established filmmakers from around the world. Paul Pauwels, Cecilie Bolvinkel a Ove Rishøj Jensen from EDN prepared selection of most remarkable films from DAFilms.

- 1.7.2013 -

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The Miners’ Bread

The Miners’ Bread

The contrast of two generations living in a region of Slovakia raises the question of what happened in the past and what the future is. The Slovak debut by director Roman Fábian looks for a way towards understanding.

STREAM FOR FREE to June 27.

- 24.6.2013 -

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Retrospective Of Nicolas Philibert

Retrospective Of 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“. Philibert gained attention especially thanks to his successful film To Be and To Have, in which he portrayed a French single-class school and its specifics. A combination of a sensitive perspective of a specific world of preparations in one single-class school full of children of various ages and an original topic depicting ordinary life attracted large audiences, resulting in a worldwide commercial success. Other films in the retrospective also include Nénette, an original feature documentary about a female orang-utan with a Mona Lisa smile, and a film, or rather a return to the world of making a film about a triple murder – Back To Normandy

Stream FOR FREE from June 10 to 23!

- 10.6.2013 -

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A Taste Of Film Debuts From FIDMarseille

A Taste Of Film Debuts From FIDMarseille

Since the French film festival FID Marseille is nearing, we have prepared, in cooperation with its organizers, a selection of the most original film debuts by contemporary documentary filmmakers.

STREAM FOR FREE to June 9

- 3.6.2013 -

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Mirror to the Society

Mirror to the Society

RETROSPECTIVE OF BERT HAANSTRA – Filmmaker Holding a Mirror to the Society

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. As a director, he holds a mirror to the society, reflecting also on the material most mirrors are made of – glass in his film of the same name Glass: a short, Oscar-winning film made at glassworks in Leerdam and Schiedam that shows the work of glass blowers. His other films include a fresh and humorous montage entitled ZOO (Haanstra draws striking similarities between humans and animals).

STREAM FOR FREE to June 2

- 27.5.2013 -

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DOC ALLIANCE SELECTION OF THE MOST INTERESTING FILMS

DOC ALLIANCE SELECTION OF THE MOST INTERESTING FILMS

We have prepared a retrospective of the films nominated for the Doc Alliance Selection Award (a distinctive choice of films from all DAFilms partner festivals).

You can stream 4 of them to May 26 FOR FREE: The Anabasis of May and Fusako Shigenobu, Masao Adachi and 27 Years without Images – director Eric Baudelaire reveals one of the best kept secrets of Japanese cinematography and society associated with the Japanese red army. The story of a forgotten visionary, a maverick, a wanderer: One Billion Happy People. Or a filmic search for the worldwide phenomenon of the micronation movement Empire Me - New Worlds Are Happening. Work Hard, Play Hard about a world in which people are completely committed to making their job their purpose in life.

- 20.5.2013 -

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Canada through poetic and experimental lens

Canada through poetic and experimental lens

We offer a selection of the most interesting Canadian documentaries from the database of the National Film Board. Until the end of the week, you have the opportunity to watch poetic, experimental and animated documentary films made in Canada. We will introduce, for instance, works by the noteworthy avant-garde author of film collages, Arthur Lipsett, and films such as Pour la suite du monde, Le règne du jour, Les voitures d'eau by the Canadian documentarist Pierre Perrault.

- 13.5.2013 -

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COOKING HISTORY

COOKING HISTORY

A documentary film about army cooks and how the everyday needs of thousands of armed stomachs affect the victories and defeats of statesmen. About the field kitchen as a model of a world where food preparation becomes a fight strategy; a fight for great ideals standing on strong legs of the kitchen table. The film is based on eleven recipes of the cooks since the Second World War till the war in Tchechenia; from France through the Balkans to Russia.

FOR FREE STREAM TO MAY 12.

- 6.5.2013 -

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News

An Iraqi Among Iraqis

An Iraqi Among Iraqis

Read the interview with director Abbas Fahdel, a nominee of the Doc Alliance Selection Award 2015 and a very fresh winner of Visions du Réel festival. Learn more about his masterpiece Homeland (Iraq Year Zero)!

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- 6.7.2015 -

Doc no Rio Through the Eyes of Curator Maria Mendes

Doc no Rio Through the Eyes of Curator Maria Mendes

How did the idea of presenting the Doc no Rio showcase of Brazilian documentary, a part of which is available exclusively online at DAFilms.com, come about? Why does it make sense to be interested in Brazilian film? The curator of the programme Maria Mendes has answers!

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- 29.6.2015 -

Eternal or Factual 19th Jihlava IDFF?

Eternal or Factual 19th Jihlava IDFF?

The Doc Alliance festival season is in full swing! While the film world is preparing for the baking hot Marseille, the fall stop on the film festival map, Jihlava IDFF, is also getting ready; quite intensely in fact. The 19th edition is inspired by the theme of eternity and the festival visitors will be inspired by a truly exceptional guest – Julian Assange.

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- 22.6.2015 -

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