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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.

Beyond the Wall

A confined walking zone, a bitter meal, and a job at the tailor's shop. A daily intake of medicines consumed under the watchful eye of the medical staff. A cell crowded to the capacity - a day like any other. Without needless words, this film is a moving story of Russian prisoners sent to a psychiatric prison hospital to serve the duration of their sentence.

Bohemia Docta or The Labyrinth of the World and the Lusthaus of the Heart (A Divine Comedy)

The portrait of Czech "national character and soul" is based on major works from Czech and world culture as well as the large cycle "Slavic Epopee" by Alphonse Mucha. It is the third part of Karel Vachek's tetralogy Little Capitalist, a reflection on the social and spiritual processes taking place in Czech culture. The film raises questions about the future of Czech society as well as individual lives.

Aral - Death of a Sea

The Aral Sea was once the fourth inland sea in the world, with a flourishing fishing industry. In the 60's, with a need to increase the cotton production, the Soviet government decided to change the direction of the rivers that fed the sea to the direction of the cotton fields. This led to what has become one of the biggest ecological tragedies of the 20th century, with the sea decreasing to a fourth of its original size over a span of 30 years. Many of the people left the surrounding region to look for a better future. This film is a portrait of those inhabitabts who stayed and their recollections.

Above Pavements

A poetic portrait of a young musican. A record of the inner world of an 18-year-old pianist who goes to Warsaw to find his master.

52%

Ałła wants to become a ballet dancer very much. It is her yet another attempt to be admitted to the famous Russian Waganowa Ballet Academy in Sant Petersburg. Entrance exams are extremely difficult for her. Ałła needs to practice more to lengthen her legs since her proportions are not correct. 52% is an ideal ratio of legs to height. The film was made during the second edition of the project Russia - Poland. New Gaze.

Up to Silence

A movie about three big spanish celebrations (La Tomatina, San Fermin and drumming in Calanda), conceived as a stylized parable of war, killing and death. It is difficult to determine if it's really a document in the right meaning of the word. There are no juicy comments, catchy introducions or authentic interviews with the people. Only picture and sound. Nothing else.

Back to Africa

They fascinate us with their show. They inspire us with their vibrant vitality and their zest for life. They show us their history and lead us to understand that we never knew about Africa until now … André Heller's circus "Africa! Africa!" is a major event in Europe which is constantly sold out weeks prior to its premiere. 120 acrobats, dancers, artists, and musicians from the African continent perform in the show. Drawing on the circus and its highlights, Othmar Schmiderer's film switches from Europe to Africa andback, tracing the origins of four performers in their home countries.

BAR DE ZI and Other Stories

What would we discover if we took the time to look more closely at the people we casually come across in our everyday lives? This is what BAR DE ZI AND OTHER STORIES does in its poetic, very real, and above all, warm intertwining of the personal histories of simple people living in the Romanian city of Sibiu. This genuine interest turns strangers into meaningful encounters and offers a reflection on human nature and destiny.

1968: Betrayal

Betrayal - the second part of the series devoted to the Prague Spring - charts the fundamental events which took place from 1968 to 1969. After the leaders of the Czechoslovak Communist Party returned from Moscow, the future of the country was said to depend on its ties with the Soviet Union. After hope was steamrolled by the Soviet tanks, the betrayed country once again began living in an atmosphere of fear, lies and hypocrisy. The nation was roused from its profound lethargy only by the death of Jan Palach who protested the occupation by self-immolation. After his burial and after the bloody suppression of the demonstrations on the first anniversary of the occupation, the daunting era of normalization began.

1968: Hope

The first part of a documentary series returns to the Prague Spring of 1968 - to the period of so-called socialism with a human face in which there was a glimmer of hope that society as a whole would fully recover. The film, pieced together solely from period footage without commentary, chronologically recalls the key moments of an era when the process of democratization and revival was also accompanied by an extraordinary cultural boom. After only a few months, however, the post-January policies and planned economic reforms were stifled by the August invasion by the Warsaw Pact armies, which arrived to "rescue freedom from the planned counter-revolution".

 

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