Homeland (Iraq Year Zero) by Abbas Fahdel has won the Doc Alliance Selection Award. The winning film is composed of two parts – the first was shot before the US army’s invasion of Iraq while the second part captures the post-war events – providing an essential report on the turning point in the country’s development. Instead of shorthand news features on the events in Iraq, it brings an impressive portrayal of life in the country. Director Fahdel received the award at the Locarno film festival.
News on the DAFilms portal
For the third week in a row, DAFilms has been vibrating with fresh blood and showcasing student works online. In addition to films presented in the past days, we bring you a selection from the Fresh Film Fest international film festival that focuses directly on film debuts and student films.
Watch a selection of the best from this and last year’s edition. Why not start with an essay, a meditation, a firework of pictures, which brings the filmmaker from the wrestling ring to a talking car, through the desert back to his roots? Me, Nobody and I...
...and other films form August 26 to September 1.
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In August, DAFilms will liven up with new talents. The Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague - FAMU, will present a selection of the best student works, followed by an event dedicated to film debuts at Fresh Film Fest (International Festival of First Features and Student Films in Prague) and Nisi Masa (European network of associations consisting of young professionals and students from 26 countries).
STREAM the films of NISI MASA for free from August 12 to 18
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This films explore the continuous journey between the past and the present. In the sense of change, like the natural condition of man.
In Portugal films up to 60 minutes are considered short films (compared to other countries where only films up to 30 minutes are shorts). What impression will the Portuguese culture make through this specific format and film choice? Is Portuguese cinematography on the rise? Our selection will reveal more.
STREAM FOR FREE from August 5 to August 11
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Is it hard to decide which documentaries to choose from our catalogue of 800 films? We are always happy to recommend the best from our offer! Our film selectors updated the Recommended section highlighting the best world documentaries by filmmakers such as Petr Kerekes, Zuzana Piussi, Nicolas Philibert, Agnes Varda, Bert Haanstra, Nikolaus Geyrhalter or Jorgen Leth.
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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 -
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.
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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.
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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!
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