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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 -
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 -
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 -
Six years have passed since the fatal step of documentarist Pavel Koutecký which cost him his life. The event is easy to remember due to the Pavel Koutecký Award. Established shortly after Koutecký’s tragic accident, it will be presented for the sixth time this year. On this occasion, the DAFilms portal has prepared a selection of awarded films from last years as well as a large retrospective of films by Pavel Koutecký. It will be available online in the week from June 11 at www.dafilms.com FOR FREE
- 11.6.2012 -
After testing a sample from the Copenhagen film laboratory, it is now time to look under the lid of yet another festival cuisine. As the summer is approaching, let us bask in the sun at the French Riviera. Since the times of Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle, quality “stuff” has been cooked in the famous port of Marseille; so this time the DAFilms portal presents a selection of films from the filmmaking workshop of the FID Marseille IFF. FIDlab is an open creative platform where filmmakers from around the world present their works and meet producers, distributors and television representatives. “The French Connection” starts at DAFilms on June 4; in the following week, a collection of four films will be available FOR FREE.
- 4.6.2012 -
This week Dafilms portal presents original choice of films that won numerous awards at world acclaimed festivals: 108 - Cuchillo de Palo, a personal story that brings two generations face to face in a confrontation revealing part of the hidden and silenced history of Paraguay. Film Bassidji takes you among the most extremist supporters of the Islamic Republic of Iran. René is an incredible story of a young man accompanied by a film camera from the age of eighteen, on his life’s journey between prisons and short intermezzos outside and last but not least Cooking history - a portrait of different military cooks from all over Europe who served in various armies and have witnessed the European wars of the 20th century.
- 28.5.2012 -
For more than 10 years, Dutch director Leonard Retel Helmrich has been returning to the homeland of his parents to observe and record the transformation of Indonesia in the turbulent years of economic and cultural globalization. The Dafilms portal presents all of the three parts of his famous documentary trilogy, including the latest film Position among the Stars. On the backdrop of the tension in Indonesian society, Helmrich’s camera follows the Sjamsuddin family living their daily lives of work and worries, mutual love and hatred. In the week from May 21, you can watch the first two parts of the trilogy; The Eye of the Day and Shape of the Moon; for free.
- 21.5.2012 -
This week the Dafilms portal presents a considerable portion of European “exoticism”. Take a trip through the unique landscape of the Balkans with three remarkable documentaries. Although the protagonists of The Shutka Book of Records, The Mosquito Problem and Bahtalo! are rather poor, do not expect a heavy social drama. One can only live merrily without money! From May 14, you can watch the three films for free for a whole week.
- 14.5.2012 -
Belgian filmmaking globetrotter Thierry Michel has revisited Congo, a former colony of his native country, referred to as “the dark heart” of Africa. After his successful films Mobutu, King of Zaire and River Congo, Beyond Darkness, he has extended his Congo filmography by Katanga Business. Providing a realistic and critical look behind the scenes of the mining of strategic resources, the documentary reveals the deep scar dug into the land and lives of the inhabitants of one of the most fascinating and tried African countries by the shovel of globalized corporate industry. Thierry Michel gives unceasing evidence to the fact that the times of colonial barbarism and rampant plundering, started by the infamous “bloody” king Leopold II in Congo in the 19th century, are not yet over. Katanga Business is available in premiere at DAFilms.com from April 30. During the first two days, you can stream the film for free.
- 30.4.2012 -