Early days of Czech documentary film for the first time on-line

Watch a unique series of documentaries by Czech filmmaking pioneers from September 30 to October 30 for free.

In order to celebrate the 70th anniversary, the doors of the National Film Archive open to offer its gems online.

A collection of ten silent documentary films gives the audience a glimpse into the early days of the film craft. It presents the first film attempts of the cinematographic company “Kinofa”, bringing to light the almost lost footage by the pioneer of Czech film, Jan Kříženecký. The curated selection offers access to the first scientific experiment captured on camera or a footage recording one of the oldest air catastrophes. Last but not least, it reveals the lost face of Prague and its surroundings at the time of the First Republic in a series of documentaries including Old Prague, Černošice and St. John‘s Rapids. The atmosphere of the First Republic is then captured in a unique footage documenting Czechoslovakia’s founding moments in the film 28 October, 1918 in Prague.

Discover these and other gems from the film archive and watch them for free from September 30 to October 30 at Doc Alliance Films.

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