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Founded in 2001, the INSTITUTE OF DOCUMENTARY FILM (IDF) is a non-profit training and networking centre based in Prague, Czech Republic, focused on the support of East European documentary films and their wider promotion. Our activities support filmmakers through all stages of completion – development, funding, production, post-production, and distribution. We aim at individual filmmakers (tailored consultations), groups of carefully selected professionals with projects or films (Ex Oriente Film, East European Forum, East Silver, Doc Launch, etc.), broader professional community (East Doc Platform), as well as the general public (portal www.DOKweb.net). We closely work with key int. festivals, broadcasters, distributors, sales agents, markets, or training initiatives and serve as the GATEWAY TO EAST EUROPEAN DOCUMENTARY FILM.

Eugenic Minds

Selective human breeding during a time of ideologies that promised to create a perfect world. Eugenics was once considered more groundbreaking than the invention of the wheel. It was supposed to save mankind from serious genetic loads. After World War II, the term of eugenics almost disappeared from the world's dictionaries. Pavel Štingl revives the idea of eugenics, but presents it as an example of messianic syndrome and misuse of science. Will humanity survive eugenics or vice versa?

Darkhead

This is the story of two generations of neo-Austrians - „darkheads“, as they call themselves - born and raised in Europe, but misfits nonetheless. Nazar, our 25-year old protagonist, an armed robbery suspect, is released from prison and confronted with his troublesome financial situation. Jobless, he seeks sanctuary in a world where he is respected and well-known - in the world of German rap music. While confronted with this situation, Nazar and his two best friends look back at a life of disruption - shattered families, street life and delinquency. A past connecting them with the present life of a new generation of immigrant descendants...

I Will Marry the Whole Village

Peca, an accordion player, has decided to marry all the unmarried men in his village. His motto is „I’m going to marry the whole village, even if I regret it“. He is naive, he is a modern Don Quixote. Doccomedy – a music documentary about a Serbian village and an ordinary man who wants to change the system. Peca, has decided to take the matter into his own hands and to carry out a great project aiming at marrying the young and old by attracting women to the village. And to get married himself in the end.

Face to Face Encounter

The clash of two entirely different cultures. A little group of teenagers from Kenyan slum came to Czech republic. They are MYSA's football team members. The real challenge, however, comes when they are living within Czech host families. Extremely different mentality, different life conditions and habits...

Czech Film Avant-Garde

Although the first avant-garde tendencies in the field of Czech film appeared already in the 1920s, primarily in the form of unrealized literary scripts and isolated cinematographic attempts, it was only in the 1930s that "Czech film avant-garde" came into practice. In this period, a whole range of primarily short films were made, showing signs of the avant-garde programme tendencies as well as references to other European movements. The primary aim of the audiovisual documentary is to map the phenomenon and introduce it to the contemporary viewers. Besides a basic introduction to the theme, the film will also deal with the avant-garde subjects and scripts of the 1920s, the key representatives of the movement and their films, the formal and thematic influence of European avant-garde movements, the relation between the Czech avant-garde movement and the period mainstream production, the transition of several avant-garde artists to the Zlín environment in the mid 1930s as well as the potential continuation of Czech film avant-garde in the following decades. As for the formal aspect, the documentary will have the form of a compilation film, employing a mosaic of accounts by key film historians, theorists, practitioners and contemporaries (or their descendants), combined with archive material excerpts, contemporary thematic scenes and respective audiovisual works.

Digital Prints of a Revolution

Real people and their stories hidden behind the shared cell phone amateur videos shot during the Arab Spring in 2011. A documentary road movie in between digital space and reality. In December 2010, after a desperate shopkeeper set fire to himself and burnt to death in Tunisia, public riots began. In the following weeks and months a massive wave of revolutions moved to other Arab countries, with its extraordinary power set in motion by apparent certainties of oligarchic North African and Middle Eastern regimes. The main media and revolutionary method of communication between young Arabs is the internet. Social networks and Youtube represent a kind of meta-space free of government control. Videos shot with cell phone cameras, thousands of hours of brutal evidence against the power of the state, Revolution documenting itself online. How many personal videoarchives were possibly shot only during the mythical gathering of one million Egyptians in Tahrir square in February? And who are the real people hidden behind these iconic images? Would there be any revolution without these strong shared video-images?

Ticking Man

The Ticking Man project depicts the past, present and future of the hip hop band WWW; one of the most interesting art groups of the present and the near future. WWW is a unique phenomenon on the Czech music and cultural scene. Their first music video Nightmare introduced one of the first rap songs made in the Czech Republic. WWW is a mark of difference and originality.

Children of Stalinism

The documentaries about the sons of political prisoners from the "Children of Stalinism" series reflect the destinies of the descendants of people imprisoned during the times of the Stalinist totalitarian regime in former Czechoslovakia. Their parents were sent to prisons and uranium mines for many years because of their personal or political belief, status or possession (farms, private companies, factories etc.); sometimes also because they were only helping other people. These sons, now nearly seventy, were called "children of criminals and enemies of the state" at the time of their childhood and youth. They share their personal testimonies of the dark past in the post-war period of former Czechoslovakia. They experienced a rather obscure type of persecution, sentenced by the totalitarian system to the "life of the guilty without guilt". They often grew up with just one parent or their relatives, or even in orphan homes. They could not study at the schools of their desire and usually had to complete their education later on. Each of the protagonists dealt with their destiny in a different manner – through sport, poetry, family life, or emigration. The six documentaries try to understand their contemporary life which is still influenced by their childhood experiences of many years ago. EPISODES: The Story of Josef Frolík, Long Live the Memory, Musical Chairs, Everything Is Different, The Swiss Robinson, With Dad Over a Distance.

On the Way Home

This story is about a journey, a relationship and returning home. He’s already been driving his truck for twenty years throughout Russia while she waits for him at home. He is alone on the road. She’s together with her beloved pet, faithful friend and protector Irbis. This could continue for longer if he wasn’t terminally ill.

Pit-Hole

"Pit-hole" is a story about an unusual Kiev family fighting against real estate lawlessness. Nataliya, the head of the family, is trying to preserve the family village house, now surrounded by modern living quarters. Besides that she has to take care of her four children, two husbands and a little herd of mischievous goats. Will Nataliya manage to keep the family life style and privatize the land or will they be kicked out for superior reasons? Is Ukraine really a democratic country?

 

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