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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.

Harbour of Hope

In the Spring of 1945 Red Cross liberated over 30.000 concentration camp survivors and rescued them to peaceful Sweden. 3 survivors and their helpers recount the amazing story of how the City of Malmö mobilized its inhabitants to take care of the stricked and helped them to start over again. A film about dealing with war memories, the importance of a helping hand and finding a “harbour of hope”.

Chernobyl.3828

Military people call such places "frontlines", liquidators who worked at the Chernobyl nuclear station called it "roof coating". It was the most contaminated, therefore the most dangerous place in the zone - the remains of the roof coating of the 4th reactor. The decontamination of the roof lasted more than five months. We will tell about only two days. About the most important two days in the life of an explorer - dosimetrist Valeriy Starodumov. He took part in this operation until it was over. He came out to the roof and led people there. Starodumov himself planted the "victory banner," 75 meters up on the roof, as the signal for the zone: the roof coating has been decontaminated! Today, 25 years later, Valeriy Starodumov comes back to the zone. Chernobyl is a tourist object now, not for him, though...

Free Libya

A road trip through Libya during the last weeks of the revolution against Muammar al-Gaddafi’s regime. Libya Hurra documents a collective mood characterizing people in one particular place in a narrow time window. Without losing itself in facts and statements, the film outlines realities of life, shot in a long sequence during an armed revolution, which usually - even from a country in the focus of media reporting - remains completely hidden. At the end of Libya Hurra, the filmmaker stands in front of Gaddafi’s former palace. The revolution is over and the time window closed again.

Login 2 Life

Why do people spend more and more time in virtual worlds? Some even more than their weekly work-hours combined, just pausing the online existence for food and sleep. What do they get out of the interaction with cartoon-like avatars on a computer screen? In the mainstream media, synthetic worlds (MMOGs) are mostly portrayed as a fringe phenomenon for social outcasts. Sex, violence, addiction and antisocial behavior are often at the core of news reports. There seems to be a clear lack of understanding of this new generation - the Digital Natives! But not only young folks are wrapped up in virtuality.

The Mystery of Makavejev

Made on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the birth of the most significant Serbian avant-garde director Dusan Makavejev. Interviews with friends, associates, film critics, colleagues, inserts from his film and clips from the RTS Documentation archives.

Musics

Muzyki is a creative documentary about the stimulative process of making music, materialized in an artistic collaboration of the musician Michał Zygmunt and filmmakers Aga Gonczarek & Patryk Kizny. It explores the inspirations, the quest for one’s roots, the artistic meetings and the musical journey into the unknown, which all lead to the creation of a unique music album and a series of exceptional live music performances. It reveals a modern interpretation of Polish culture roots by means of music and imagery.

My America

Filmmaker Peter Hegedus grew up in socialist Hungary and overdosed on American movies and the values he thought they promoted: truth, justice, and hope for a safer world. But twenty years later, he wonders whether the America of his dreams ever existed. From the streets of Tehran to Tiananmen Square and from the refugee camps of Africa to the White House, MY AMERICA follows Peter on a six-year quest to find out what happened to the America of his childhood.

Place We Call Home

Here in the old wooden house in the center of Vilnius, daily life is quite similar to what you see in any children's home - breakfast, cleaning up, playing, sometimes fighting, learning new things.

Fourth One

The Fourth One was filmed within the span of one Sunday. It is a day in the life of an old sharp-witted lady named Emilia, a mother of five children. The day starts off being quite ordinary but as the story progresses, new and surprising facts get revealed. The day turns out to be anything but ordinary. In a very human and touching story questions about life and death arise. With an intimate touch, the film brings out the relationships in the family and contrasts between old and new life rhythms.

On the Quest for Beograd Underground

(On the Quest for) Beograd Underground is an independent documentary film sturctured along series of interviews with alternative artists from Serbia, who have dedicated their lives to the creation of one (sub)culture that very rich in its nuances, yet of very precarious existence. Numerous artists speak of their apprehension of the underground as movement, way of perceiving reality, way of social engagement and even way of living. The specific sociohistorical condition in the 90’s resulted in an intensive artistic activity responding to totalitarian regime. This film is a collection of personal experiences of artists who have been involved in the underground scene since the 90’s until today.

 

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