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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From October 3, the Doc Alliance Films documentary portal presents Burma VJ, a unique media account of the struggle against totalitarianism. Portraying the violent suppression of the Saffron Revolution in Burma, the compilation documentary has struck the world by its rawness and authenticity. Burma VJ is an ultimate mixture of radical street reports. Hundred per cent “Photoshop free”!
- 7.10.2011 -
Immigration is one of the key topics to literally shake contemporary Europe; the very Europe which is seen by the rest of the world in a way similar to that of British world music band Asian Dub Foundation; like a fortress that must be conquered. However, what is real “fortress Europe” like? What are its weak spots? Is there really enough happiness for everybody behind its walls? Three new documentary premieres will take you on a journey towards a better life…
- 26.9.2011 -
Can a group of poor Nicaraguans succeed in a trial against an American corporation? What risks have transnational concerns dared take in the Third World? Can a film by Swedish documentarist prove the freedom of speech in the United States? From September 19, the Doc Alliance Films portal presents the detective documentary Bananas!*...
- 19.9.2011 -
An American multimillionaire rises to the sky from the Baikonur cosmodrome; a thousand-year-old Buddha turns to dust in a valley in Afghanistan; for a hundredth time, a war photographer makes a bleak portrait of human poverty. The worlds depicted by Swiss documentarist Christian Frei are varied and dramatic. Three of his most renowned films; The Giant Buddhas, War Photographer and Space Tourists; are available from September 12 at www.docalliancefilms.com...
- 12.9.2011 -
Why does a bag of jelly bears include mostly red ones? How large should the ideal slice of ham be? What crunchy sound should chips make in between your teeth? Look under the lid of scientists and designers who define your favourite mouthfuls of tomorrow. From September 5, the Doc Alliance Films portal presents the Austrian film Food Design.
- 4.9.2011 -
Midsummer nights are mild and starry. In those nights, well-ordered sentences make no sense and only poetry can speak. For the last days of the summer holidays, the Doc Alliance Films portal has prepared the poetic film Midsummer Night’s Dream by Czech director Radek Tůma. From August 29, you can plunge into its dreamy atmosphere for free.
- 29.8.2011 -
Water which saw the “bathing of history”; water which has been influencing the surrounding dry land from time immemorial; water witnessing the silent intimacy between mother and daughter. Water living and dead, water of pools, seas, rivers, sewers, crystal clear family pools and floods. Get immersed in water with 66 Seasons, The Voice of the Water, and Irenka. In the period from August 22 to 28, the Doc Alliance Films portal offers a documentary bath with The Voice of the Water and Irenka for free.
- 22.8.2011 -
A luggage rack, a TV set, carefully folded sheets and a Toblerone chocolate in the hotel minibar; these are the paraphernalia to welcome guests in most average hotel rooms in the world. To British experimental filmmaker John Smith, hotel rooms and their standardized equipment have become a playful inspiration, creating unexpected contexts. From August 15 to 21, you can watch the Hotel Diaries series at Doc Alliance Films for free.
- 15.8.2011 -
The second week of August at Doc Alliance Films will take you travelling. The three films will guide you through various places in Europe as well as America; through the forgotten regions in Kyrgyzstan as well as the remote spots in Northern Russia. With their original character, they will definitely surprise quite a few film travellers. Moreover, in the period of August 8 to 14, the films New Scenes from America, The Taste of Koumiz and Signers Suitcase can give you a free ride.
- 8.8.2011 -
In the first week of August, the Doc Alliance Films portal will take you on a holiday trip to the coast of the Black Sea. However, do not expect a harmonious see breeze but rather the raw heavy seas of grotesque bodies and drastic life stories, composing a tragicomic study of debauched humanity. Love fights, weddings, betrayals; melancholy, irony, death and primitive passions at a Black Sea beach in the Putin era; Russian film Tenders´Heat. Wild, Wild Beach…
- 31.7.2011 -