Dreams, Sports, Coal and Much More

From February 1 to 14, DAFilms.com presents a collection of films seeking contrast and offering a unique visual perspective of our present and recent past. The inspiring films straddle the documentary, essay and experiment genre and were screened at the past year’s edition of the prestigious International Film Festival Rotterdam. The selection includes both short and feature-length films. Watch them until February 14 for free.

White Coal by Georg Tiller is a cinematographic poem in two parts about the world of coal. An industrial film on two kinds of labour: socialist and capitalist. A poetic investigation of human relations with the soil and the Earth. A striking journey from Poland to Taiwan that makes us think, contemplate and dream.

In Up to the Sky and Much Much More, Barbara Meter tells her father Leo Meter's life story using the impressive series of slides, photos and letters her father sent her after being arrested by the Gestapo and deported to the Eastern Front. Beautiful, poignant record of a unique man.

While keeping in touch by phone, two protagonists live in visually completely distinct universes. One is a drone pilot, the other works in an office. In Unmanned Distances, Bertrand Flanet illustrates how technological progress changes the perspectives of human beings: people can share the same reality and still have totally different perceptions.

On Hanne Darboven/In Conclusion contains 1853 photographs from Hanne Darboven's exhibition The Order of Time and Things in Madrid. Rhythmically edited to her music piece Requiem, op. 22, book 61, the photos and music pulsate.

Gerco de Ruijter made his Playground with images found in Google Earth. To him, American football is a battle between nature and culture, between organic grass and artificial turf. 120 yards long and 160 feet wide American football playgrounds defined the framework for this film.

This needs to be viewed large and loud! Crowds by Michel Banabila and Geert Mul shows the essence of crowd mentality, the fury and the ecstasy; the visceral thrill of being part of something bigger than yourself.

Quantum is an exciting game with light and sound between night and day. Spotlighting a small Italian mountain village brings a variety of hidden activities to light. Flatform art group produces experimental films and multi-channel video installations that explore the illusory nature of representation and narration.

In a diaristic film I Am a Spy that reflects on archives, surveillance and history making, Sarah Wood asks, 'We invented cinema, but in an age when we can move more and see more than any other point in history, why have we become so watchful and so performative?' A part of the voiceover from the experimental film by Sarah Wood is available online at DOKrevue.

Bailu Dream focuses on Bailu, a village in Sichuan, China, which was destroyed by an earthquake in 2008. The Chinese government built a French village in its place where you can experience the dream of a sunny French life. During a film shoot we follow Nicolas Boone's instructions from behind the camera that floats past happy extras and colourful facades.

In Cabbale Cannibal, filmmaker (and critic) Daniel V. Villamediana uses his family history to unravel hidden memories of kabbala in Spain. With contemporary images, found footage, archival material, film, literature and ancient Hebrew texts, he creates a new cinematic language for unearthing cultural history.

Selected films

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