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DOC ALLIANCE SELECTION // 2015

Since 2008, the Doc Alliance platform presents the Doc Alliance Selection Award. The award goes to the best European documentary film selected independently by each of the platform’s festival members. The individual festivals also nominate the representatives of the jury of experts, recruited among the film critics from the festival countries. Within the Doc Alliance Selection section, each of the Doc Alliance festivals screens at least 3 films nominated for the award in the given year. The award ceremony will be held during the Locarno IFF.


Homeland (Iraq Year Zero)

Homeland (Iraq Year Zero)

Nominated by Visions du Réel

Chronicles of everyday life in Iraq before and after the U.S. invasion. Part I: BEFORE THE FALL (duration: 2h40m) For several months, the director filmed a group of Iraqis, mostly members of his family, in their expectation of the war. This first part of the film ends with the start of U.S. strikes on Baghdad. Part II: AFTER THE BATTLE (duration: 2h54m) Americans invades Iraq and the film shows the consequences of this invasion on the everyday life of the characters...

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Walking Under Water

Walking Under Water

Nominated by Docs Against Gravity FF

Borneo. Somewhere on the edge of the Sulu and Celebes Seas lives a tribe of ocean nomads: the Badjao. They live like fish, spending most of their life in water. Their children learn to swim before they can walk, and adults have mastered the art of free diving to perfection. They can walk and hunt on the sea bed holding their breath for five minutes and their eyes are adapted to focus underwater. They are happy people in the beautiful underwater world. This could be our story twenty years ago, but it is not any more...

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Stranden in Canton

Stranden in Canton

Nominated by CPH:DOX

Idealistic Lebrun has travelled from The Democratic Republic of Congo to Canton in Guangdong Province, China, to make it as an entrepreneur. His hopes are to build a business making political T-shirts that he can ship back home to sell. He is one of many Congolese workers migrating eastward and establishing new trade routes, but things aren't as easy as they seem. Business aside, he also has to come to grips with loneliness. Although he tries, he doesn’t quite manage to fit in to the local expat community...

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Illusion

Illusion

Nominated by Doclisboa

Luis Miguel Cintra, actor, stage director and director of Teatro da Cornucópia, staged the play Illusion. This play was based upon texts by Federico García Lorca. More than delusion of the senses or blurred utopia, the illusion that lives in this film is closely linked to dreams, desires, wills, fantasies, and its chances of substantiation.

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I am the people

I am the people

Nominated by Jihlava IDFF

January 2011 in Egypt was marked by anti-government demonstrations. While tens of thousands of protestors gathered in Cairo, poor villagers in the country’s south followed the tense situation on Tahrir Square on their TV screens and in the daily newspapers. It is from their perspective that this documentary captures the political changes in Egypt, from the toppling of President Mubarak to the election of Mohamed Morsi...

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Haunted

Haunted

Nominated by FIDMarseille

Syria. Among the ravages of war, there is also this more discreet yet vital phenomenon: exile. Leave, stay? A question Liwaa Jazji tackles. The place of this tearing apart of the self to the self will be the house as a physical space, as a place of memory of gestures and bodies, as the receptacle of our familiar objects. To the question “to go where?” follows this one: what do we leave behind? An anchorage, constructed along a material life we live in...

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All Things Ablaze

All Things Ablaze

Nominated by DOK Leipzig

This film is not about the revolution that changed Ukraine this winter. Not exactly. It rather shows a universal pattern of particular kind of uprisings - those ones that end with bloodshed. At first, the noble endeavor for freedom collides with the dark force of repressive rulers. Then eventually, after much confusion and chaos, he righteous anger of people changes to pure outrage...

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News

My Street Films Conquers Central Europe

My Street Films Conquers Central Europe

The amateur film movement keeps growing every day and the unique My Street Films map is a clear proof of that! The enthusiasm of filmmakers who are telling the stories of places they live in through their short films is spreading from London through the Czech Republic to three more European countries; Slovakia, Poland and Hungary thanks to DAFilms.com!

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- 13.4.2015 -

Visions du Réel: Interconnecting Imagination and Reality

Visions du Réel: Interconnecting Imagination and Reality

The new, already 46th edition of the famous Swiss festival and member of the Doc Alliance network Visions du Réel is literally round the corner. Get ready for the unique atmosphere of demanding and innovative cinema in the charming environment of Lake Geneva in an interview with festival director Luciano Barisone!

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- 6.4.2015 -

Spring Tour de Doc Alliance

Spring Tour de Doc Alliance

Start the new Doc Alliance festival season with us! Travel to one of the first festivals, for instance Switzerland’s Visions du Réel or Poland’s Docs Against Gravity, or set out to an online festival journey. Leading film directors, festival winners and more than 100 new films in the programme are waiting for you in the course of April!

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- 30.3.2015 -

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