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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 2015 winner was announced on Saturday, August 8, 2015 at the Locarno film festival in the presence of directors of film festivals associated with Doc Alliance, the jury members and film professionals. The winner - Abbas Fahdel with his film Homeland (Iraq Year Zero) received a financial prize of 5,000 EUR that is primarily intended to promote the author’s future filmmaking career.


NEWS: NOMINEES OF THE 8TH EDITION


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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Stranded in Canton

Stranded 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

How to bring film to schools? How to teach about film?

How to bring film to schools? How to teach about film?

On January 15, the first edition of the international conference Film Literacy Lab dealing with the topic of film education was held in Prague. 7 European documentary film festivals presented their film educational methods and started a creative dialogue on 'How to teach about film?' in the present-day cultural landscape. The event was initiated by Doc Alliance and served as an introduction to the online educational platform Doc Alliance Academy.

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- 10.2.2016 -

Nina Numankadić: What is important is the quality of the films. We were never after quantity.

Nina Numankadić: What is important is the quality of the films. We were never after quantity.

The online documentary cinema DAFilms.com celebrates its 10th anniversary. It is one of the first VOD portals in the world. Managing director of DAFilms.com Nina Numankadić replies to 5 questions concerning the directors‘ changing approach to the online distribution of their films and other topics.

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- 25.1.2016 -

Miroslav Janek: I show my cards to the viewers so they can play with me more easily

Miroslav Janek: I show my cards to the viewers so they can play with me more easily

As a bonus to the retrospective of films by Miroslav Janek, we are bringing you an interview with the remarkable Czech director (as well as editor and cinematographer). Learn more about how he drives himself out of the editing room, about Citizen Havel, about shooting with children as well as about his new upcoming project.

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- 14.12.2015 -

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