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.
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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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
One of the biggest documentary events, Visions du Réel Nyon, closed with a selection of the best world documentaries shown in the section Etat d'Esprit.
STREAM FOR FREE from April 29 to May 5
ONCE I ENTERED A GARDEN Avi Mograbi and his long-time friend Ali embark on a journey to a land that existed before borders were created. A world that existed, even though most of the people and especially politicians pretend it never did. A world where communities were not divided along religious lines. With a light hand held camera, Mograbi continues to question the history of Israel. Everything is still possible.
- 29.4.2013 -
An original view of the world is offered through the selection of the best films of the Swiss film festival Visions du Réel Nyon (April 19 - 26). The festival whose tradition dates back to 1969 will present films including the awarded THE TURTLE´S RAGE where every frame contributes to the reconstruction of a torn relationship in front of the eye of the camera, and MATTHEW’S LAWS that crosses a border into the unknown and mysterious world of autism.
STREAM FOR FREE from April 15 to April 21.
- 15.4.2013 -
Film INTO OBLIVION visits the site of an unfinished railway in the inhospitable Russian taiga. Sixty years ago, thousands lost their lives here, but work was halted soon after Stalin’s death and today all that remains are rusting remains in the swamps. Eyewitness testimony is combined with a meditative boat trip and traces of asocial utopia.
- 8.4.2013 -
MyStreet is an online, user-generated film channel created by Open City Docs, inviting people from across the globe to tell their story through film. MyStreet stories are where you are, who you are and how you live… your place on the map. Anyone can upload their film from anywhere in the world.
MyStreet have specially curated a selection of films from the 2012 MyStreet competition shortlist, available to watch for free at Doc Alliance from April 1 to 7.
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