With its 8th edition, the prestigious Doc Alliance Selection Award moves to Locarno, Switzerland. There, one of the seven directors nominated for the award designed primarily for emerging documentary talents will receive the award on August 8. With her debut HAUNTED, Syrian native LIWAA YAZJI enters this year’s competition. Read about the success of her film as well as about her creative path towards documentary in our exclusive interview!
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Zuzana Piussi is not an author who likes to please her audience. Her films are provocative, often made all by herself and even without the help of a cameraman. For her, films are an “inner compulsion”. She has been labelled a heroine, although she does not accept this label and refuses to answer questions about what she is and what she is not afraid of.
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A charge brought against Slovak independent documentarist Zuzana Piussi for an unauthorized use of the footage of judge Helena Kožíková in her documentary reportage entitled DISEASE OF THE THIRD POWER, which focuses on uncovering the faults of the non-functioning Slovak judicial system, initiated a debate about the freedom of speech in Slovakia. Her film KOLIBA is a documentary detective story exploring the fate of Slovakian film. What might look as a portrait of film critic Pavel Branko has been recast by Piussi into an intimate confession in the documentary called HERO OF OUR TIMES. In her film CRYING OF ANGELS, the director shows the conflict of homosexuality with catholic faith in Slovakia.
- 5.12.2012 -
We offer a selection of the best documents of the appraised documentarist and producer Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Our Daily Bread (Special Mention at the Ji.hlava IDFF) represent one of the most powerful visual depictions of the food-processing industry. Abendland - an observation of the European continent at night shows crowds of people partying, protesting as well as impersonal crews of workers at conveyor belts, for example burning coffins in a crematorium.
Watch for a SMALL FEE from December 3 to 9.
- 3.12.2012 -
Viola Ježková exclusively at DAFilms.
The selection of works by Viola Ježková is pervaded with the themes of faith and religion, ranging from The Cowshed where cows represent both the old and new, the worldly and the beyond; through Not Just Standing But Rising Up, an impressive portrait of Old Testament scholar Milan Balabán, showing that God is not a “what” but a “where” (a Way); to the ontological search for a background in My Body's Body, providing a disturbing and dislocated perspective of motherhood connected with contemplation.
Watch her films FOR FREE from November 26. to December 2.
- 26.11.2012 -
Jørgen Leth (born 1937), living legend of world documentary, writer and poet, studied literature and anthropology. In the 1960s, he became a leading personality of Danish poetic modernism and experimental film. In his films, Leth creates film images similarly to a painter. At the beginning, he directs both the characters and the camera; during shooting, he stops “painting” the scenes and becomes an observer of the depicted events. We offer a rigorously selected retrospective of this Danish director most known for example for The Five Obstructions or his last film Erotic Man. Stream FOR FREE from November 13 to 25.
- 12.11.2012 -
"The Will" by Christian Sønderby Jepsen! Ch. S. Jepsen was awarded by the Doc Alliance Selection Jury (Özge Calafato, Eva Mulvad and Sean Farnel) personally at the Opening Ceremony of DOK Leipzig on 29th October. Congratulations!
- 31.10.2012 -
In the past weeks, European fans of documentary film have had a pretty packed schedule. Two documentary festivals; DOK Leipzig and Jihlava IDFF; followed in close succession. Both of these festivals belong among the key partners of Doc Alliance and their activities are regularly reflected on the Dafilms portal. While the programming of the Jihlava festival also deals with films on the borderline between documentary and fiction film, the Leipzig festival includes the INTERNATIONAL SHORT DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION section of short documentaries. From October 29 to November 4, eight of the films presented in this section are available for free streaming.
- 29.10.2012 -
For the past 6 years besides its physical festival, the IDFF Jihlava has organised also online events, in cooperation with the video on demand platform www.DAFilms.com. This year we offer a selection of the best Czech and international short docs produced in the last year or two. Watch what you missed at the festival!
Short Joy online for free - October 22 - 28th.
- 22.10.2012 -