We're teaming up with the Institute of Documentary Film in Prague to bring the best of the last 20 years of Eastern European documentaries to audiences on both American continents. The IDF has for those two decades been the most trusted source for cutting-edge Eastern European cinema in the region, so you know you can certainly trust that what you find here is the cream of the crop. Trust us on this one.
The selection includes Oscar-nominated Rabbit a la Berlin (2009) by Bartosz Konopka, as well as Juraj Lehotský's multi award winning Blind Loves (2008). This survey of Eastern European documentary collection would not be complete without including two great films by Salomé Jashi from Georgia, Bakhmaro (2011) and The Dazzling Light of Sunset (2016). Solar Eclipse (2011) by Martin Mareček telling the story of the electrification of a Zambian village by two Czech experts is a Silver Eye Award winner.
The recent supported films which were successful at festivals include A Woman Captured (2017), a close look at domestic slavery in Hungary by Bernadett Tuza-Ritter, Srbenka (2018), dir. Nebojsa Slijepsević) about a 12-year old murdered Serbian girl, Putin's Witnesses (2018) by Vitaly Mansky and a unique take on the electronic music scene The Sound Is Innocent (2019) by Johana Ožvold. All of these films were part of IDF's project KineDok, an alternative distribution at non-traditional venues.
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