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Contemporary Austrian Film

Contemporary Austrian Film

Austria’s avant-garde film tradition has been among the most sustained and radical of such traditions. As with other Austrian arts, it is a response (in part) to past national decadence and conservatism; its repository of cutting-edge experimental film and video works is uniquely impressive and progressive. Works that experiment with sonic art and digital technology, works that wreak havoc with the retina, this selection is an attempt to define a poetic edge within a vast array of production while (re)discovering new ways of entering into the “material” and the frame, and examining the mechanics of cinema.

from Breaking Ground: 60 Years of Austrian Experimental Cinema, 2012, UCLA Film & Television Archive

- 21.9.2012 -

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Czech Joy online

Czech Joy online

Five Czech documentary films which have been presented together in cinemas within the Czech Joy in Czech Cinemas project since last year are available for free streaming from 17 to 23 September. Having received numerous festival awards as well as the best Czech documentary film of 2011 award, Solar Eclipse by Martin Mareček tells the story of two Czech development experts in a remote part of Zambia; EM and HE by Vladimír Michálek deals with songwriter Xavier Baumaxa and Northbohemian poet Em Rudenko; A Catapult of Fate by Jan Gogola introduces frontman of Katapult band Olda Říha; observational documentary On the Outside by Veronika Sobková follows three people leaving a prison; Race to the Bottom by Vít Janeček is concerned with the questions of work and unemployment.

- 16.9.2012 -

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Sean McAllister retrospective

Sean McAllister is a British documentary filmmaker who has brought stories from Israel, Iraq, Japan, and most recently Syria and Yemen. Sean's films portray people with characteristic intimacy and frankness, specifically in the film Japan: A Story of Love and Hate.

- 9.9.2012 -

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Peak into the Arab world by the medium of film

Peak into the Arab world by the medium of film

The most successful Arab documentary according to the reviews in Variety and Slant Magazine and a New York Times Critic’s Pick, Grandma, a Thousand Times, Daughters of Malakeh, the last documentary of the profound directors Jet Homoet and Sharog Heshmat Manesh, subtle family album Harat by Sepideh Farsi.

We offer Haratt for FREE stream from September 3 to 9.

- 2.9.2012 -

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Favourites of the DAFilms.com team

Favourites of the DAFilms.com team

Check out a selection of the favourite films of all the DAFilms.com team members.
Since 2007 we have all been working on selecting the most remarkable documentaries produced. Now we decided to go through our rich online catalogue and point out our actual tips. Get to know the DAFilms.com team and enjoy their selection!

- 17.8.2012 -

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Sea

Sea

In the sweltering months of summer, even a glance at water can be pleasant. The melancholy slow rhythm of what used to be the third largest European port is captured in the Bulgarian film Europolis, The Town of the Delta. The documentary films Dubai in Me and We Are Living on the Edge represent two opposites; while the former captures the way the growing city swallows the surrounding ocean, the latter follows the difficulties and joys in the life of Belarusian fishermen. Two more films to give you a sense of real refreshment are the family portrait Irenka shot at a perfectly clean pool and a Brazilian film which reveals its magic already in its title; I Travel because I Have to, I Come Back because I Love.

- 12.8.2012 -

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Wajda School

Wajda School

Wajda School - The most interesting directors of the younger generation, both Polish and foreign, are developing their projects there. More than 50 documentary and feature films, as well as 200 shorts have been produced so far. They have been selected and often won prizes at the most prestigious festivals. This week we will offer a FREE taste of the best documentaries produced in 2011–2012.

- 6.8.2012 -

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Sad Camel Song

Sad Camel Song

In the hot days that have prevailed lately, a Central European will hardly believe that anyone could consider the desert a convenient place to live; let alone a homeland one should fight or even die for. In the dunes of the Sahara desert, Belgian director Pierre Yves Vandeweerd discovered a nation forgotten by the world and dedicated his latest film to its troubled fate. You can watch the bewitching documentary Lost Land at Dafilms from July 16.

- 16.7.2012 -

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Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

From the periphery to the centre; from the underground to pop-culture; from noise to melody; from art to design. Thinking in circles means fullness! Having twisted deep-rooted viewing stereotypes, the Rafani art collective offer their original and powerful notion of a documentary feature. Their specific version of Prague’s “cultural service” titled 31 Endings/31 Beginnings is presented in online premiere at the DAFilms portal from June 25. This week all formats for FREE!

- 25.6.2012 -

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Documentary Jam Session

Documentary Jam Session

On June 21, the squares of many European cities will resound with music; for the 13th time already, Europe will be celebrating the Music Day which falls upon the “longest day” of the year; the summer solstice. The DAFilms portal joins the music celebrations in its own way, having selected a special collection of “music” documentaries out of its rich offer. From June 18, you can watch (and listen to!) contemporary Czech hip hop in Pavel Abrahám’s Czech Rapublic, singer and multi-instrumentalist Radůza in a portrait by Olga Špátová I Go Where I Want, indigenous singers and dancers in the hypnotic essay Balifilm by Peter Mettler and many others. The films Balifilm, Step across the border and Sonor are available for FREE STREAM during this week.

- 18.6.2012 -

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Online Documentary Textbook

Online Documentary Textbook

Are you searching for an ideal textbook of documentary film to introduce all key personalities of world cinema at once? Famous names, crucial works, experimental genres and innovative methods can finally be found in one place; in the online film retrospectives at DAFilms.com!

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- 24.11.2014 -

Documentaries that will take you north and even further; to space!

Documentaries that will take you north and even further; to space!

Do not miss the unique offer of our documentary film travel agency DAFilms.com in November and December! We will take you on a free ride to the north of Europe as well as to its centre; and we will even take you to space with a ticket to the first row! You don’t believe it? Read on!

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- 18.11.2014 -

The Art of Trendsetting

The Art of Trendsetting

The greatest event of the Scandinavian Peninsula is getting into full swing. The Danish festival CPH:DOX, which has been setting the trends in the field of documentary film as well as in the social sphere since 2003, has just launched its exceptional film and public programme. What novelties are introduced by the festival’s 11th edition?

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- 10.11.2014 -

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