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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 Worst Company in the World

Love and humor are plentiful, but success is scarce in a small Tel Aviv insurance agency where nothing runs as it should. Perennially on the verge of bankruptcy, the failing agency is run by three middle-aged, divorced, and not particularly successful men. They may be highly intelligent, well-educated, warm and good -humored, but they have no inkling about running a business. This documentary offers an amusing behind-the-scenes look at the operations of the firm over one fiscal year, as the manager’s son – also the film’s director – joins this motley crew in a last-ditch attempt to save his father’s collapsing business. A personal documentary that is also an endearing father-son journey.

Yad Hanna – The Collective Man

András Lichter and his comrades founded the last communist kibbutz on a carrot field along the former Jordanian border in 1950. The founders, who were of Hungarian origin, were loyal to the Soviet Union and the Red Army. The kibbutz members shared property, raised their children together, and ate together. However, the idea of the collective disintegrated and finally failed after several decades due to both internal and external conflict. In 2004 privatisation started, the former members were given private property. By tracing the former community the film searches for the reasons, the processes behind and the consequences of the kibbutz's failure, and shows how the idea of collectivism turned into present day consumerism.

The Disappearance of Heroes

After recent political changes in Serbia, many streets in Belgrade named after persons and events of the World War II, changed their names. The film depicts the work of the Street and Squares Commission, appointed by the city of Belgrade, as well as reactions of individuals and groups impacted by recent changes. A niece of prominent anti-fascist political leader, a family that lost its members helping the resistance, an illegal courier in occupied Belgrade and many more face a forceful removal of monuments they hold sacred.

Kalinovski Square

A docu-comedy about life in Belarus before and after the President elections where Lukashenko created his victory with almost 83% of the votes. With his astonishing material Belarus' most celebrated film director Khashchavatski speaks out about resistance and persecution, displaying an overwhelming will for freedom. This film is director's long-standing and personally dangerous conflict with president Lukashenko. Authorities have persecuted him already since his first film on the subject - An Ordinary President (1996). They still watch him. All production was done underground.

Nostalgic Memories of Underground Solidarity

A nostalgic and melancholic memory of underground solidarity typical of the Communist era. A poetic recording of a mass held in the deer-park of a princely castle is a background to which a folk song is sung and the singer’s letteris read by a poet. Transparent and devoted to the moment and its joy, the film depicts a fragment of a meeting in the open air, identifying independent culture as a lively torrent, far from completed. And it seems that it may well includethe noble man and current Minister of Foreign Affairs, thePrince of Schwarzenberg.

Ivan Martin Jirous (23 shots)

A portrait of poet Ivan Martin Jirous. "For those who love God, all things turn out well."

Category: Optimist

Is it more important to clean up your apartment or to go out on a perfect sunny and warm day? What is really important in our lives? Can optimism be learnt? "Category: Optimist" is a film about facing a potentially lethal disease – leukemia – and everything that goes with it after treatment. If patients manage to live, due to a fortunate combination of medical science, doctors’ efforts, family and friends and their own persistence, their life will change. While facing the challenges ahead, the most important thing is to be an optimist.

Together

What is it that keeps people together? "Somebody gets on my nerves and I still love him", says Ratka about her lesbian partner Milka. "When I saw that she could clean around the house and iron clothes, I said, that's it!" - that is Vlado's disarming disclosure about his wife Marija, who, like him, is mentally handicapped. "I don't know what he sees in me, I'm not a beauty," admits Branka when asked about Kreso's love for her. Director Nenad Puhovski tries to get to the heart of love and desire through five very different stories about people who are, were, or want to be in a relationship.

Silent Surrender

How does it feel to be a 10-year-old in the whirlwind of history? How does it feel to be an adult in a state that enjoys the spoils of success one day and disappears from the map the next? Silent Surrender is a film about that fatal year for Estonia, about freedom and compulsion, about the things done and left undone. Is it possible to learn from history?

Time is Here

Sometimes a second lasts forever, sometimes you don't notice days passing. Joonas, Karit, Doris and Fred are all seven years old and starting their first school year. They live in different places all over Estonia, their lifestyles are not the same; they are very different individuals. But time flows around them in the same way. In their first school year, they need to adapt to the new life – waking up too early, doing endless schoolwork, finding their status in the class. Instead, they only want to be with friends, eat chocolate, play in the yard, and run like the wind. This documentary follows four children through their first year in school. There's no past, no future – just the moment they live in. Time is here.

 

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