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www.DOKweb.net is a portal dedicated to East European documentary film. The news section provides up-to-date information on upcoming and just completed films, interviews with filmmakers and other documentary professionals, in-depth articles exploring the state of documentary filmmaking in various parts of the region, as well as insightful texts on current trends, funding, etc. The portal also boasts the largest published databases of completed and upcoming documentary films from Eastern Europe, an industry directory, as well as trailers and original video content. www.DOKweb.net is IDF´s key online project that provides comprehensive details on all IDF´s activities and links them with general information service.
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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.

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.

Danube Swabians

This film tells the story of "Danube Swabians“, the descendants of the youngest German tribes who immigrated to the territory of Vojvodina in the eighteenth century, searching for better life. The story follows their destiny from the very beginnings of settling in this region, through their position during the World War II, to the present time. Maria is a descendant of Danube Swabians. She comes to Vojvodina to find the old house of her grandfather who was exiled after the World War II. On the way she meets a local guy Misho, who helps her. Together they travel across Vojvodina, meeting witnesses of the traumatic post-war events, who managed to survive communist concentration camps. That’s how they discover entirely new facts about Danube Swabians that have been hidden from the public for decades.

Political Dress

Political Dress shares the experiences of those who were singled out as ideological "saboteurs" by the socialist authorities. The documentary presents the stories and opinions of stylish personalities of the day, including photographer Tadeusz Rolke, designer Barbara Hoff, writer Janusz Głowacki, "Biba fashion" founder Barbara Hulanicki, musician Tomek Lipiński and painter Wilhelm Sasnal. The film explores a socialist republic in various stages and changes in its approach to fashion. From hard-headed Stalinist times, when colorful socks could get you reprimanded by the militia, through a fascination with Parisian style of the '60s, the progressive propaganda and flower children of the '70s, up to the martial law period and the punk-rock '80s.

Playing the Fool

Redzo is frustrated. Being the only sane one in a group of 22 psychiatric patients, he’s been waiting for 17 years to be repatriated to Bosnia from a Hungarian refugee camp. He joined the group back in ’92 as they were rescued from the Bosnian war, pretending to be insane, unable to get out since then. A former pick-pocket and ladies’ man, this charming 75 year old divides his time between writing to various Governments and looking after his two lady friends (with one of whom he has a child). The arrival of a Bosnian psychiatrist offers a glimpse of hope… This is a sensitive, emotional and at times very funny, poetic, observational film shot over period of three years in Hungary and Bosnia, too. It provides a complex insight into the life of Redzo and the patients, while gently asking great questions: what does sanity mean and what would one do in order to survive.

Who Killed Natasha?

Grozny, the capital city of Chechnya, 15 July 2009. Natasha Estemirova, a journalist and human rights activist, never made it to a meeting scheduled that day. The life of this fearless woman was ended by a bullet from a pistol; her body was found abandoned by a road. Just like her close friend Anna Politkovskaya, Estemirova paid the ultimate price for criticising the situation in Chechnya. She sought the truth and gathered evidence about the crimes committed by the brutal apparatus of President Ramzan Kadyrov, who was placed in office by Vladimir Putin. Her evidence clearly leads to the presidential palace in Grozny, which means the murderers will never be found. Who Killed Natasha? is a riveting investigative documentary that unravels the connections between the murders of well-known critics of the regimes of Putin in Russia and the puppet government of Kadyrov in Chechnya.

 

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