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Founded in 2001, INSTITUTE OF DOCUMENTARY FILM (IDF) is a non-profit training and networking centre based in Prague, Czech Republic, focused on the support of Central and East European creative documentary film and its wider promotion.

We work closely with Central and East European film directors and producers and provide in-depth development support for their projects as well as international promotion.

We also work with key international festivals, broadcasters, distributors, sales agents, markets, film institutions, film schools, MEDIA Desks, training programmes, national film centres and various film portals, and serve as the GATEWAY TO EAST EUROPEAN DOCUMENTARY FILM – an indispensable source of documentary projects and films from Central and Eastern Europe.

Diaries and Novels by Pavel Kohout

Pavel Kohout precisely records anything that happens on any given day in his diaries; we can therefore recall the social and personal vicissitudes in the life of a Czech writer thanks to random readings from his diaries, against the background of preparations for the performance of selected parts of the novels under the leadership of J. A. Pitínský and the recordings of a public celebration of Kohout's 80th birthday, attended for representative reasons by Czech political and cultural elites.

Eisenwurzen - A Mountain Musical

Eisenwurzen is located in a longtime steel-factory region between Lower Austria, Upper Austria and Styria. EISENWURZEN (The Musical) is a 52 minute glance at the myths and toils of this country-like industrial landscape, a sung landscape portrait, unplugged.The heroes and heroines - all musicians - are miners, charcoal burners, mountain farmers, hunters and factory workers. With the strange musicality of their voices they create, within a meteorological as well as social politically rough climate, a spare hymn on an already historical worker's society. One that has portrayed itself with mineral wealth, mountain top, stable work and work ethics. They sing with their songs the Eisenwurzen Blues and, at the same time, it's avantgardistic arrival in contemporary song-culture. A Docu-musical for friends or foes of folk music.

FILM IST. a girl & a gun

Using images "from the first four and a half decades of cinematography," taken from 11 archives across the world, Gustav Deutsch has constructed a musical "film drama in five acts" (genesis, paradeisos, thanatos, imaginary, symposium). In detail, the editing of FILM IST. is again based on visual analogies, the external similarity of bodies, objects, movements and narratives. The film constructs its own amazing attractions from the juxtaposition of documentary, fictional, pornographic, and scientific and propaganda images that are literally alien to their original purpose. In other words, they are images that do not necessarily belong together, though they create visual contexts.


Music becomes a reason for the meeting of Gypsy boy and old Silesian man. Rebellious hip hop texts contrast with idyllic songs played on the old man's guitar. The confrontation of those two distinct worlds leads to the surprising and close relation between them.

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Snezhana is 15 years old. She is pregnant. Her boyfriend Vova is 16 years old. What happens when children have children?


An entire house open for viewing, from attic to cellar. The entire gamut of a parochial idyll in the provinces is laid bare in Claudia Larcher's video animation, in the form of photos and moving images assembled into a seemingly endless pan shot. The audio track drones in the background, awaking something uncomfortable and sinister.

House with the Green Roof

The film tells a life story of two women from the borderland of Czech Republic who were affected by Nazism. First woman comes from a mixed Czech-German Jewish family. Her family was forced by the German occupation into exile in Great Britain. After the war she returned to Czechoslovakia. The second protagonist comes from a German Catholic family in region of Liberec. She and her family were forced to leave home due to their German nationality after the end of the war. After sixty years, she returned to Liberec and started to do a research into the history of Jewish citizens of Liberec. Both women met. Their friendship helped us to reconstruct the pre-war diversity of the city where people of different nationalities and faiths had lived together.


Letter to a Child combines intimate conversations with perfect strangers and personal letters contemplating bits and pieces of life, collected and addressed to a child. In a series of "guided monologues" people - from kindergarten children to the vintage ages - are contemplating and re-living their lives. When they forget about the camera and they turn their eyes inside, the film starts. They are alone with themselves in front of us and then we are alone with ourselves, with our life, long passed, very present. Through the film the intimate diaries are silently drawing in the back a picture of human life of the last hundred years. In the front, the picture of a man's life gets more and more perspective and becomes more and more familiar.

Nine Forgotten Songs

Documentary Parable of the Komi-Permyaks, a small ethnic group living in the Northern Urals. Story based on the ancient curse. This is the curse of the ancient ancestors as punishment for forgetting. As if under the power of the curse the small peoples disappear from the face of the earth, no ancient culture and history. This process is irreversible ....

Dragan Wende – West Berlin

A bordello doorman in West-Berlin wants the Wall and his past back. The Yugoslav immigrant Dragan Wende used to be the street king of West-Berlin's 1970s hedonistic disco scene. Along with his friends, he roamed the nightclubs on both sides of the Wall - his pockets full of Western money. But when the Wall fell, everything changed. Dragan has not set foot in East Berlin for the past 20 years and has no intention to do so. A crazy piece of world history told from the kitchen of a washed-up bordello doorman. A moving piece of family history, told in the historical dimension of the Cold War. A microcosm of underdogs and their survival strategies unfolds in a still-divided city.


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