It is time to celebrate our first year. When we launched in April, there was so much early promise in the idea of bringing a European success story like DAFilms to American shores. Now we have a tons of new titles discovered and shared by hundreds of you, our audience, to back that up. Here we bring you the very best of 2020 on our platform.

 

There is Maison du bonheur, the crown jewel of one of our early director focuses on Sofia Bohdanowicz, or Undertow Eyes, a rediscovered early work from acclaimed Brazilian documentarian Petra Costa, both of whom are rising stars on the international documentary scene. Or there are crucial works by old masters, like Becoming Animal by Peter Mettler and Emma Davie, Black Panthers by the incomparable Agnès Varda, or Images of the World and the Inscription of War by the greatest German filmmaker of the last 50 years, Harun Farocki. All of these films represent some aspect of our way of taking stock of ourselves and our emerging tastes this year. We mixed big and small, long and short, new and old. We strived to make the work of filmmakers from across continents rub shoulders with each other.

Some of these films stand in for even greater projects we undertook this year, like our trio of director retrospectives, Chasing Independence — Alanis Obomsawin (Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance, 1993), Luis Ospina (The Vampires of Poverty), and Jonas Mekas (He Stands in a Desert Counting the Seconds of His Life, 1985) — collaborations with festivals, like BAFICI (I Will Live With Your Memories, 2016), Sheffield Doc/Fest (Wolfram, Wolf's Saliva, 2010), or Black Canvas FCC (Las Cruces, 2018), or curated spotlights, such as our just-ended focus Inside the Criminal Justice System (Prison in Twelve Landscapes, 2016). But these are all films that have meant a good deal to us throughout the year. Their greatness bears repeating.

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