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  • Dabija Brothers

    Three brothers meet and talk over the table, in the kitchen of the house they grew up in and where two of them are still living. Their conversation is mundane, insisting on petty problems and unimportant details. But the time they spend together slowly reveals an alienated relationship, a dysfunctional connection, the defective communication a consequence of technology, superficiality and consumerism. ...

  • DACIANS - UNSETTLING TRUTHS

    Today, the official version of Romanian history is being questioned: are we truly the descendants of Rome? The historical sources we have access to, as well as paleogenetic research tell us that the Romanization process did not take place and that the thesis on the origins of the Romanian people has no scientific foundation. The Romans only conquered a small portion of Dacia and remained here for only 150 years, and the ethnic component of the Roman military and colonists was not predominantly Italic. As further proof, the research in paleogenetics conducted a few years ago in Hamburg, Germany in order to determine the origins of the Romanian people indicates, among other things, that we are not genetically related to the Italians... Therefore, both elementary logic and material proof reject the official version of our history, and the documentary film “Dacians - Unsettling Truths” brings arguments capable to demolish all that we know. ...

  • Dancing alone

    When she was 12 years old, Biene ran away from home, leaving behind a family stricken with hatred and violence, and ended up in an orphanage. Nowadays, she is 33 years old and wants to reunite with all the members of her family - her mother, her father and sisters, in an attempt to understand them and reanalyze her past. The reunion, however, is not desired by anybody and the relationships are still under tension, altered by the brutal memories of childhood, of physical and sexual abuse. Strong, shocking and unusual, this film is a cruel and blunt reflection of a present failing to find reconciliation with the past. ...

  • Danube Hospital

    The documentary captures the daily routine in one of the largest hospitals in Europe and creates an intricate puzzle whose pieces generate meaning only when they are fully assembled. Filmed in various places in the hospital, in conference rooms, in the patients' wards or in the offices of various departments, the film shows in great detail the relationships and medical processes that are usually invisible for the patients or visitors. The entire film is a mirror of our society, of the way it deals with health and illness, life and death. ...

  • Dark Gene

    Neurologist Frank Schauder has been struggling for years with chronic depression. Attempting to escape the flagellating tentacles of the disease’s and suicidal tendencies, the doctor and patient Schauder talks with family members, friends, artists and experts in molecular biology about the relation between depression and genetic heritage. During a transoceanic journey in search for answers to existential bio-ethics questions, he investigates the instruments and methods science provides today in the case of DNA analysis and editing, so that he could perhaps better understand his condition. Mixing footage that documents this emotionally complex process with CGI animations, THE DARK GENE addresses the consequences of genetic alteration on improving the quality of life for people suffering from mental health disorders. At the same time, it offers an equally informative and personal perspective on a topical matter, since 350 million people worldwide are diagnosed at the moment with depression ...

  • Dark Sun

    The director initially considered using the text of the Lamentation for Christ to complement the close-ups of old icons in Romanian churches, in his essay about the celebration of life, the passage of time and, above all, about death. The communist censorship did not allow him to do it, therefore he wrote a script together with writer Gabriela Ionescu. Almost 50 years later, its dark poetry against some of the most beautiful icons of the Orthodox Church makes it one of the most relevant Romanian art documentaries, created in an era of harsh censorship. www.slavomir-popovici.ro ...

  • Daughter from Yan' an

    In this film, we are introduced to the cruel atrocities the Chinese communist government committed against its citizens for the sake of achieving the Cultural Revolution. We see the pain caused by these acts through Haixia, a woman who lives in a rural village of Yan'an in the yellow highlands in China. She was abandoned at birth by her parents and goes on an emotional journey to find them. She wants to know why her parents, former Red Guards “sent down” from Beijing during the Cultural Revolution, gave birth to her only to abandon her. Haixia's passion to find them reveals the realities of those days and forces people of the Red Guard generation to confront their hated past. Huang Yuling, a former “sent youth”, helps Haixia find her father. His strong sympathy comes from his own painful experience of that period, when he had been accused and found guilty of counter-revolutionary activities. After thirty years, Haixia and Yuling set out on their journey for truth. ...

  • David Wants To Fly

    The unprecedented success story of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi began high up in the Himalayas. In the late 50s the guru arrived in Hollywood to propagate his school of meditation and "achieve world peace". He attracted numerous prominent followers, including the Beatles, Mia Farrow and Clint Eastwood. Today almost six million people worldwide practice transcendental meditation (TM). David, a young filmmaker seeking inspiration, is also prepared to give TM a try. Not least because his great professional idol, legendary director David Lynch, has personally assured him that this form of meditation is a great source of creativity and the key to success. ...

  • Days in Those Mountains. Episode II: "Winter Slack"

    Over the centuries, rural life in the Daba Mountains of the Province Sichuan in China underwent little change. People sow and crop year after year and their survival is at the will of nature . Nevertheless, they struggle for a better life and are open to modernity. The villagers start the construction of a new road. People from a neighbouring village are not happy with this project. Conflicts with the neighbours about the road building, preparations for a wedding and the purchase of a new TV set give an accurate account of the real Chinese rural life at the end of the 20th century. ...

  • Dazzling Light of Sunset

    Flanked by her phlegmatic sidekick, Dariko is the only outside broadcast journalist at a local Georgian television channel. With derisory resources, she races from one report to another to give an honest, if not objective, image of the current events that shape her environment: from the capture of a “giant” owl to the obituaries – where we thus learn that the bearer of the Soviet flag fluttering over the Berlin Reichstag in 1945 has just been buried. This microscopic tragi-comedy reflects the way the whole nation functions, where appearance is more valued than content. ...

  • Dead Birds

    Dead Birds is a film about the Dani, a people dwulling in the Grand Valley of the Baliem high in the mountains of West Irian. "When I shot the film in 1961, the Dani had an almost classic Neolithic culture. They were exceptional in the way they focused their energies and based their values on an elaborate system intertribal warfare and revenge. Neighbouring groups of Dani clans, separated by uncultivated strips of no man's land engaged in frequent formal battle. When a warrior was killed in battle or died from a wound and even when a woman or a child lost their life in an enemy raid, the victors celebrated and the victims mourned. Becaude each death had to be avanged, the ballance was continually being adjusted with the spirits of the aggrieved lifted and the ghosts of slain comrades satisfied as soon as a compesating enemz life was taken. There was no thoughts in the Dani world of wars ever ending, unless it rained or became dark. [...] " ( R. Gardner). Dead Birds has a meaning which is both immediate and allegorical. In the Dani language it refers to the weapons and ornaments recovered in battle. Its other more poetic meaning comes from the Dani belief that people, because they are like birds, must die. ...

  • Dead presumed Missing ?

    About two thousand people dissapeared in Cyprus between 1963 and 1974. One third are Turks, and the remaining are Greek Cypriots. The issue of the missing persons in Cyprus has remained obscure to this day. The film investigates the destiny of the missing persons in both sides. Were they killed? When and under what circumstances? Where are their remains buried? Stories of the families of the missing persons are corroborated with statements of the officials. To this day, the fate and whereabouts of the missing persons on both sides has remained an official secret. By following the desperate attempts of two Greek Cypriot women to discover what happened to their loved ones, the film explores the significance of mortuary rituals, and the political lives of the dead bodies of both the Greek and the Turkish Cypriots. ...

  • Dead Slow Ahead

    Director Mauro Herce spent more than two months on board of a freighter impassibly travelling across the Atlantic, with a crew formed largely of Filipinos, whom he frames most of the time by use of wide shots, thus highlighting their pawn-like quality. Herce’s directorial debut in feature-length documentary, DEAD SLOW AHEAD, is a poetic and dystopic sample of cinema, echoing late modernist ideas about how labor can become dehumanizing and alienating in the post-industrial society. He acquires this through abstract surrealist compositions, stylized with the help of fluorescent lighting, through a mechanical angst-driven and ominous soundscape design and through sci-fi tropes. There isn’t a soul on deck to admire the breathtaking marine vistas. Everyone’s somewhere down below, working; some of them are hopelessly trying to phone their beloved ones at home – an unsatisfying trace of an unseen civilization. As a counterpoint, the sisyphic maintenance of this gigantic and inescapable marine monster casts a shadow over the possibility of whatever type of human interaction. The isolation of the imbruted crew makes their life be put on hold on a ship otherwise in perpetual motion and is sensorially conveyed as a trance experience, which allegorically hints at the fate of capitalism, comparably adrift. ...

  • Dear Pyongyang

    In a documentary about her own family, director Yong Hi yang tries to understand her father’s political loyalty to Noth Korea and his radical choices he made due to the Marxist ideology he believes in. In the 70’s, he sent his three sons to live in North Korea, as part of a communist repatriation campaign. Even though the father actually left South Korea for Japan when he was young, he declares himself North Korean because of his political views. Now, the director explores the impact of his past choices and her brother’s life, having access to a secretive country. ...

  • Dear Uncle Vladimir

    Zhenya is preparing for her wedding. Her friend is helping with hair style, relatives are presenting gifts before ceremony. However, Zhenya is going not to the Civil registry, but to an investigative isolator. Her future husband Lenya is under the arrest as one of the so-called Bolotnaya Square case's or the 6th of May prisoners' case's accused. After the ceremony, Zhenya is going back home alone and starting to wait. Wait for meetings, letters, a trial, a sentence. It's about a guy who believed that he could make a big changes. And about a girl who wanted her husband to be with her. What is it more important: to be together the one who loves you or to defend your beliefs to the end. ...

  • Death Of Mr. Lazarescu, A Making of, The

    “The production of a film such as The Death of Mr. Lazarescu is an extraordinarily complex activity and my great fear was that I will not be able to capture this through images. Four years have passed and in 2009 I resumed the process of editing the footage. After all that time, it was much easier to decide on the approach: everything is presented chronologically, in the order in which the film was shot, although it does not follow the internal timeline of the film. From each day of shooting I chose what seemed to me to be of value, what transcended my temporary emotions and impressions. I was very interested in the emotions of the people who were working and the way in which they were interacting and I was less interested in the technique and the practical matters concerning the shooting process. At the back of my mind was always the fact that, for many days, we all lived only during the night (the film was exclusively shot at night). We learned about what was going on in the world only from TV or newspapers. I had the privilege of shooting and working on the making-of of The Death of Mr. Lazarescu and the privilege of taking so much time to finish it.” Andrea Paduraru. ...

  • Death of Mr. Lazarescu, The

    Mr. Lazarescu, a 63 year old man living with his cats feels sick and calls the ambulance. When it arrives, the paramedic decides she should take him to the hospital but, once there, the doctors decide to send him to another hospital. From there the old man is sent to yet another one... As the night unfolds and they can't find a hospital for Mr. Lazarescu, his health deteriorates fast. ...

  • DECODING DACIA: ROMANIA'S LOST HERITAGE

    The film explores the legacy of the Dacian Kingdom from "past to present" through the lens of Rome's invasion and conquest between 101 and 106 AD. All material in the film is original. Specially featured are highly detailed 3D digital reconstructions of Sarmizegetusa, the fortress of Blidaru, the Roman bridge across the Danube, and Trajan's Forum and Column in Rome. Also important to the film is the work of noted artist Radu Oltean who crafted original illustrations depicting Dacian and Roman battle encounters. Created as the third in a series entitled "Romania at War," the documentary production was launched in January 2011 by Nicholas Dimancescu. In May of that year while filming above Cioclovina Cave, he tragically died in a fall from a high cliff. Inspired by his passion for exploring his Romania origins, his family and film company colleagues determined to complete his film. ...

  • Depth Two

    In 2001 seven hundred bodies were discovered in five mass graves on the outskirts of Belgrade. By investigating the link between this discovery and the mysterious surfacing from the Danube of a truck container loaded with 56 bodies, Serbian director Ognjen Glavonić follows the victims’ journey backwards, thus revealing – through minimal cinematic means and thriller tropes – a part of the cover-up of the Albanian ethnic cleansing during the Kosovo war. Sound-recordings of depositions of accomplices, witnesses and of a surviving victim (taken during the trial of Slobodan Milošević and of other important members of his administration) are juxtaposed over bleak images, shot in the same Serbian regions where the massacres took place or that played the part of quiet witnesses to these grim processions. A systemic code of silence is dismounted piece by piece, hypnotically triggering off the viewer’s imagination. 17 years after the time of the killings, Glavonić opts for a type of cinema of absence, in which the unseen becomes tangible. Without showing almost any human figure, but instead giving voice to those directly involved, the director confronts, with forensic precision, the deeply unsettling details of this collective tragedy. ...

  • Descending with Angels

    A Palestinian refugee living in Aarhus, Denmark has been committed to psychiatric treatment after possession by evil spirits, known as jinn, caused him to destroy the interior of a mosque, crash several cars, and insult numerous people. His possession has already been treated with Quranic incantations so he sees no need for further treatment, but psychiatrists believe medication is needed. This film explores the crossroads of Muslim exorcism and psychiatric medicine, comparing two systems of treatment which, despite vast differences, share a view of healing as faith in an external non-human agency—God or biomedicine. ...

  • Devil's child

    December 1989. The Ceaușescu regime collapses. The world discovers the horrible extent of this dictatorship, especially images showing hundreds of thousands of children confined and abused in orphanages. Marion is one of these orphans, a devil's child, as she calls herself. A French couple adopted her when she was 6 years old. Today, at the age of 37, she has just given birth to her first child; this event brings her back to her own past, when she was abandoned the day she was born. Marion wants to retrace her past, along with Elisabeth Blanchet who has photographed Ceausescu's orphans. We will follow her in her quest, in a road movie across Romania, as the country prepares to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the dictator's fall. ...

  • Dhobighat

    The film focuses on an Indian institution, which, like many others, tends to be regarded with disbelief by Westerners. Dhobighats are the world’s largest open-air laundries. In many Indian cities, people do not wash their laundry at home. It is the job of the dhobi wallahs, i.e. the laundrymen. In Mumbay (formerly Bombay), four thousand dhobi wallahs wash, air, press and deliver the clothes of 15 million inhabitants. The dhobi wallahs have acquired certain fame, due to travel guides and tourist magazines accounts. Remarkably, their mysterious system allows them to identify every piece of clothing, in immense piles of laundry, and deliver it back to the right owner. The story goes that even the police sometimes use the dhobi marks in tracking down criminals. Still, the dhobi wallahs are considered low class citizens, and they are trapped in this hereditary occupation. Giorgio Garini’s film has the merit to go beyond the exotic and spectacular appearance, to tell the story of these people. ...

  • DIGGING FOR LIFE

    A cemetery is not a forbidden place. However, this is not an area where most people prefer to spend their time. The only living inhabitants of a cemetery are the gravediggers. Be it winter, spring, summer or fall - the concerns of the diggers always remain the same. They dig and they bury. They seem to lack fear and sensibility. They are immune to tears and lamentations. One of the living "ghosts" at "Doina" Cemetery is Ms. Eleonora. She's been making arrangements for her funeral for ten years now, although she's only 62, healthy and sober. This preoccupation is part of her culture. The St. Lazarus Cemetery or Doina (as everyone calls it) from Chisinau, Republic of Moldova is one of the largest cemeteries in Europe, two million square meters, the place were both camps meet: Gravediggers and Ms. Eleonora - the only Big Mystery binding them - Death. ...

  • Discovery - Romania

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  • Discovery school - Physics

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  • Dissonance

    Two lovers – a man who overcame a brain tumor and a women suffering from leukemia, reunite to sign together. Søren and Malene have not played together since they got sick and the film is an opportunity for them to move around in three rooms and rediscover themselves through music, confessing all the things that they did not dare to say to one another until this moment. This film represents a unique combination of observational and expository documentary with a surrealist twist, in which sound plays an important part. ...

  • Divorce Albanian Style

    n 1961, after Albania broke off diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union, Albanian men married to foreign women were forced to separate from their wives. This is a story about love and separation. Through the eyes of a few people who experienced this extraordinary period, the film tells the story of the many thousands of families that were forcibly separated by the totalitarian regime of Enver Hodja, the most long-lived European communist dictator of the 20th century. Thousands of women had to leave the country together with their children. Families were torn apart. Dreams and plans for the future were turned to ashes overnight. Those who stayed in Albania spent years in prison. The film tells the stories of three couples who lived through this ordeal, and of those some officials and officers of the secret police who acted as instruments of these people's persecution. ...

  • Divorce Iranian Style

    The film is set in the Family Law Courts in Central Tehran. The three main character are Jamileh who panishing her husband for beating her, Ziba, a 16 year old girl who is trying to get a divorce from 38 years old husband, and Maryam who is fighting for the custody of her daughters. The film moves away from portraying Iran as a country of war, hostages and fatwas. It concentrates instead on ordinary women who come to this court to try and transform theirr lives. ...

  • Djénéba- A Minyanka Woman of Southern Mali

    Djeneba is a mother of nine children living in Kadioloko, southern Mali. Since her husband left the family some years ago Djeneba and her children manage the family's fields without him. Recently the eldest boy, Madou, was married to a girl he met in town. In this film we explore daily life in the compound as Djeneba assumes full responsibility for her family's needs. Filmmaker, Bata Diallo, herself a Malian, engages Djenebas life-world in observational style and by way of intimate conversations. "Djeneba" is a documentary about everyday life in rural Mali from a woman's point of view. ...

  • Do You Have A Headache?

    The subject of the documentary „Do you have a headache?" is the interethnic conflict of March 1990 from Târgu Mures. The film is divided in several chapters-levels, from „practitioners" - those who directly and physically met the violence, those who drank, who fought or were beaten -, to the „observers", „interpreters" - actors and filmmakers of Targu Mures, members of the army, of the secret services or of the political parties. The filmmakers seak for the truth of the awfull manipulation, 20 years after the events, the state being unable to officialize it in all that period. A bilingual documentary, as a banner at the entrance in the city where both Romanians and Hungarins live alike. ...

  • Doge's Palace, The

    The film follows a group of railway workers who, for the past 25 years, have been sharing the same sleeping car which they made into a “home away from home”, despite the difficult living conditions. ...

  • Dog's Life

    Even though Romania looks more like a yard without a watchdog these days, Bucharest is obviously a yard full of dogs. Humans and dogs share the same habitat and the two species are chained together intimately, like the damned souls in Dante's Inferno. Every day, the dogs' humane eyes meet the beastly eyes of the humans. ...

  • Doing the Norway

    Every year, in May, in Petersburg, Alaska, the people celebrate their Norwegian heritage. On Norway's Independence Day there is a traditional festival which has by now reached the 50th edition: Little Norway Festival. The Norwegian heritage is celebrated enthusiastically, with traditional crafts, costumes and songs, as well as food. The film tells about the present importance of the old Norwegian culture, symbols and traditions and their role in safeguarding an identity, even though nowadays connections to Norway are limited. The people's need to feel special and not lose their past, even though it feeds on a small slice of time is the main topic of this film featuring Vikings, Valkyres, music and good mood. ...

  • Dolls – A Woman from Damascus

    In a traditional Damascene milieu, Manal is challenged to cherish her excellence as a housewife. Still, she insists on chasing a personal dream of getting back to work. As she tries to get hold of all ends together insistently & restlessly, her two young daughters are mesmerized by the smiling face they see on TV everyday. For here comes the Arab phenomenon doll, Fulla. Behind Fulla's smile is her marketing manager who particularly knows that Damascene society traditions are top-selling products. And that by personifying these traditions alone, Fulla was able of pushing Barbie off her throne not only in Syria, but throughout the Arab world. ...

  • Domestic Violence

    DOMESTIC VIOLENCE shows the Tampa, Florida, police responding to domestic violence calls and the work of The Spring, the principal shelter in Tampa for women and children. Sequences with the police include police response, intervention, and attempted resolution of domestic violence calls. Sequences at the shelter include intake interviews, individual counseling sessions, anger management training, group therapy, staff meetings, conversations among clients and between clients and staff, and school activities, therapy and counseling for children at the shelter. (Zipporah Films) The well known phrase “Abuse begets abuse” lies at the heart of this chilling portrayal of women and their children as they go from a life of torment to a life of ease and control over their lives at “The Spring” shelter. Victims of domestic violence, with a low self-esteem as they have been subject to intense terror, they have found a sanctuary where they try to overcome their physical and emotional pain. Through filmed interviews, individual counselling sessions, group therapy, anger management training, we witness how these women reclaim their lives by analyzing their situation and changing their attitude towards their so called lovers. For them, the shelter is an oasis understanding and trust where they can let go of emotional baggage and find a meaning for all the scars and bruises. There is not one violent scene on screen, yet violence is present throughout the entire film, felt through the victims’ accounts of the abuses. What these women learn at the shelter is a breath of fresh air, although the narrative brings everything back to where it initially started. “The most powerful moments can rise unexpectedly and break over you, then recede with almost fearful speed. They surprise the viewer because they surprise the people on the screen.” –David Edelstein, The New York Times ...

  • Domestic Violence 2

    DOMESTIC VIOLENCE 2 takes place in the arraignment, misdemeanor, and injunction courts in Hillsborough County, Tampa, Florida. The courts deal with issues such as bail bonds, release pending trial, the specific context of injunctions regulating time and place of parental visits, restraining orders, contact with children, support payments, and the court's decision about fault and punishment. The judges and lawyers ask questions which elicit the stories of couples' relationships and the specific form of violence between them. (Zipporah Films) Domestic Violence 2 brings to our attention the legal implications of this issue which seems to have become dreadfully ordinary. Filmed in the courts of Hillsborough County, Tampa, Florida, through this film we witness the way the law for domestic violence is enforced after the judges listen to the testimonies. Their reactions mainly evolve into deciding to break the couples up, usually for the sake of the children and often clashing with the couples’ desire to stay together. The difficult task of the judges is to come up with instant solutions for problems that began years before, leaving a mark on the couples’ structure, which is so deep that they cannot erase it by simply putting an end to their relationship. As judges have to make decisions with respect to restraining orders, parental visits, child support and punishment, they ask questions that reveal the stories of the couples’ bonds and the exact form of violence that occurred between them. “In DOMESTIC VIOLENCE 2 one judge […] resolves the case by issuing an order forbidding the couple to have any contact with each other. ‘That’ll be tough’, the man says, ‘because we’re seeing each other.’” –Sam Adams, Philadelphia City Paper ...

  • Domino Effect

    In Abkhazia, an autonomous republic in the North-West of Georgia, Rafael – the Minister of Sports – is placing all his effort in the organization of an international domino competition. The prospect of a championship boosts the pride and the patriotic spirit of his co-nationals and he is hoping that this event will raise global awareness about his country. The film is both a satire and a social-political commentary, successfully capturing the relationship between Rafael and his wife, a Russian woman who left her past behind and her native country to start a new life in a forgotten place on the shore of the Black Sea. ...

  • Don Juan

    Oleg is a 22-year old young man diagnosed as a child with autism, who has some social skills issues and lives in Nizhny Novgorod with his overprotective mother, Marina. She wants his son to become a “complete person”, which is why she subjects him to a series of more or less orthodox methods of therapy. For instance, she enrolls him in acting classes, where he has the opportunity of playing Chekhov’s Don Juan, as the leading character. It’s also here that he meets a girl whom he falls in love with. Sladkowki’s tragicomic documentary evokes in a bittersweet note the painful process through which good intentions drive family members into attempting to change one another, highlighting the fine lines between normality and pathological codependency and between introversion and disability. The role-playing experience, at once on stage and before the camera, reveals a fragile, generous and profound young man and questions to what extent emulating socially accepted behaviors supports personal development or, rather, if it inhibits it. ...

  • Don’t Breathe

    DON’T BREATHE is a dark comedy set in Tbilisi, Georgia. It tells the story of Levan, a man in his forties, who is suddenly led to question his existence because of a routine medical examination. This apparently minor event turns into the complete reassessment of his life, as he finds himself caught in a downward spiral of paranoia and doubt as he fumbles his way through the theatre of the absurd that we call life. Then a serendipitous event occurs… Using a playful tone and humor, the film examines the psychological nature of mankind when our bearings get lost and our imagination takes over, highlighting our common fears, fragility, hopes and resilience. More subtly, the film is also a rather revealing metaphor of the current state of the country of Georgia, an ailing nation torn between tradition and modernity and the lure of Europe. ...

  • Donkey In Lahore

    Brian, an Australian Gothic and a puppeteer, falls in love with a young Muslims woman in Lahore, during a short visit to Pakistan in 2000. Upon his return to Australia, he decides to convert to islam and return to Pakistan to seek her hand in marriage. Despite Amber's wish to marry Brian, her family is unimpressed by the idea of her marrying an unknown foreigner. What unfolds is a long and difficult process that leads to frustation, disbelief and despair. However, Brian's love and determination is remarkable, if not bordering on obsession. While he comes close, he does not give up on their love. ...

  • Donor Unknown

    Donor Unknown follows the story of JoEllen Marsh, 20, as she goes in search of the sperm donor father she only knows as Donor 150. When JoEllen discovers a unique online registry that connects donor-conceived children, she manages to track down a half-sister in New York. The New York Times picks up the story, and, over time, 12 more half-siblings emerge across the USA.Donor Unknown is a film about a new kind of 'family'. Linked by their connection to a single sperm donor - 150 - parents and children are creating and navigating a new set of relationships. They are discovering first hand what a close biological connection to a stranger means for themselves and their identity. What happens next opens up some fascinating questions about nature and nurture, the responsibilities of parenthood, the moral integrity of the cryobanks, and the hazards of genetic inheritance. ...

  • Don't Get Me Wrong

    They are not exactly friends, just bound to live together. Ocsy, sweeps the church steps every day, always in a suit and tie, and has a chat with an extremely obedient God. Alex, has a genuine passion for science, an adequate diet and a breakthrough invention on the way. They often argue, but their aim is one: to help mankind. Abel, feeds everyone and, if need be, changes their dipers. Ignat, moves stones, from left to right, then from right to left, seldom complaining. Only when it rains. Friends, or no friends, they’re definitely bound together. ...

  • Dossers

    An intimately observed portrait of Mick and Martha, two homeless and vagrant alcoholics living on the streets of London and their friends who live in the park opposite Waterloo station. After living with them for 3 months Michael Yorke and his camera crew were given intimate access to the economics, survival strategies, emotions and traumas of a group of people who have been rejected by, and reject, the values of respectable society. This is a harsh and deeply emotional film, that was shocking when it was made, and contained so much bad language that the BBC took over a year to decide whether to transmit it. ...

  • Down the Deep, Dark Web

    While the prophecy of cypherpunks seems to become the reality of our times, people start to wonder whether the revolution of the Internet is good or evil. In an attempt to objectively present the two sides of the deep web, issues like the battle for privacy, anonymity or the cryptomarket emerge. Interviews with cryptoanarchists, users of the Darknet and hackers reveal what lies behind the world of the Internet which we claim to know so well. Smoothly striking a balance between these modern matters, the author leaves room for various opinions, yet he also brings forth other vital questions regarding where we are headed to as a society, one the one hand, and as individuals, on the other hand, in this electronic age. ...

  • DRACO - THE STONE FACES

    The film exposes in an original way, a portrait of the ancient inhabitants of the Romanian territory, claimed in a certain way that ancestors of the Romanians, the ones called the immortals by the antiquity writers. A unique film recipe, a cinematic journey into ancient Dacia, a meeting with Zalmoxis, forgotten deity of the Getae, a series of questions, controversy and images revealed word-by-word from Latin and Greek texts of contemporary writers. An authentic portrait carved in stone by the greatest Roman empire artists... A fascinating visual journey in ancient times. ...

  • Dream to Fly

    The animation Dream To Fly sweeps the viewer into the extraordinary visual experience of the story of man's most ambitious dream of all: to fly. The documentary presents in the new full-dome format the human perception on flying, moments in the science and history of aviation, inventors and their momentous creations. It is an invitation to discover the mysterry of flying along with Leonardo da Vinci, the Montgolfier brothers, the Wright brothers and other aviation pioneers. Images interwine with the original score and a poetic narration into a cinematic experience of substantial impact and convey an inspiring message: a dream must be pursued, no matter how impossible it might seem. ...

  • Dreams and Sacrifices

    In Peru, each year in the month of June thousands of people come together at the pilgrimage site of the Lord of Qoyllur Rit'i at 4700 meters up in the mountains. Here, they dance to the Lord, the mountains and the Sun in order to beseech forgiveness for their sins, but also to ask for material objects. The film follows one of the dancers, Laura, who makes the pilgrimage for the first time. It shows the significance of making this dangerous and physically demanding pilgrimage and the sacrifices the pilgrims make to fulfill their dreams. ...

  • Dreams of a Clown

    Rolling between villages and towns in rural Ireland for nine months of the year, Circus GERBOLA becomes a place outside the ordinary world. It helps us feel the sense of wonderment and remember the important things in life: desire, affection and astonishment. ‘Dreams of a Clown’ is a universal yet intimate portrayal of a family seen through the eyes of 9 year old Blake Gerbola, who is dreaming of following his father’s big footsteps: Mikey Gerbola - eccentric clown, generous husband, and determined small-business man - battling at the helm. As he and Tara struggle with budgets and the demands of the show, their two young sons juggle their love of the circus and their need for formal education. ...

  • Drill Baby Drill

    One day, the people from a small village of only 50 families in the East of Poland near the Ukrainian border discover that Chevron, the world's fourth largest energy corporation, intends to build a shale gas well in their village. At first, the villagers are not against the construction, however, after they realize that their farms can be affected, they start to mobilize and revolt against Chevron. They appeal to politicians and to the state institutions, but their actions remain without answer. Meanwhile, Chevron has brought the bulldozers and started work on the construction. The Polish farmers however are determined to fight to the end for their village, which lies in an ecological and agricultural region also known as the "lungs of Poland". ...

  • Duka's Dilemma

    Duka, a married woman and mother of five young children, lives in Hamar, Southern Ethiopia. Ever since her husband married a beautiful and young second wife, Duka has been in a state of emotional turmoil. Among the Hamar, who live with herds and cultivate small fields of sorghum in their remote, bush-covered country, men are allowed to marry more than one wife but only a few ever do so. Duka wonders why her husband married again. Did he find her too old? Was he disgusted by her chronic malaria? Confused, she doesn't know what to make of the new wife, who is silent and never expresses any feelings, except for rage. On top of everything, her mother-in-law keeps meddling and making trouble. This personal and intimate film follows this family crisis, which culminates with the birth of the new wife's first child. Duka, her husband, her mother-in-law and the second wife voice their different points of view as events proceed and the crisis comes to an end. ...

  • Dust and Ashes

    Every 12 years in India, on the banks of the River Ganges, over 50 million Hindus gather for the greatest pilgrimage in the world - The Maha Kumbh Mela. This film follows the story of three devotees coming from distant corners of the subcontinent - famous holy men and ordinary farmers. This film observes the complex and deep sense of devotion that binds the Hindu religion into one community and one philosophical tradition as 12 million people, on the main day, all rush to take a holy bath in the sacred River Ganges at the symbolic point where it joins the Jamuna River on a special conjunction of astrological forces. The Maha Kumbh Mela pilgrimage is an ancient gathering for all the ascetic wandering monks and holy men of Hinduism - the sadhus. This film explores their social organization and the meaning that they find in their austere and disciplined lifestyle. ...

  • Dutch Light

    According to an ancient myth, the light in Holland is unique. Artists, who celebrated it in their work, discovered its special quality. Without it, Dutch art would not have been the same. German artist Joseph Beuys argues that the Dutch light lost its radiance around the middle of the 20th century. If this were true, it would mean the end of a unique visual culture. The film breaks new ground, examining the Dutch light phenomenon. Artists, art historians and scientists answer questions. Is the light in Holland really different from that in other parts of the world? What makes it so special? Has Dutch light really lost its radiance, as Beuys claims? Dutch Light is a visual experience. It is a film that makes you take your time and observe things closely. It draws the viewer into a hypnotic maelstrom of ideas, theories, colours, images, and landscapes. And light. ...

  • Dybbuk. A Tale of Wandering Soul

    Thirty thousand Hasidic Jews arrive in Uman, Ukraine, on an annual pilgrimage to celebrate the Jewish New Year at the grave of their holy leader. Their arrival is met with the ire and prejudice of the Ukrainian far-right. Clashes between the two groups are routine and yet the reciprocal intolerance of both cultures threatens to destroy Uman. This crafted doc tells of a remarkable clash between two civilisations and was appraised "for courage and non-conformity in showing an extremely complicated and universal problem of reciprocal intolerance when facing the dangers of the contemporary world.'' ...

  • Dzukija's Bull

    Jonas, nicknamed by the villagers „The Bull” because of his incredible strength, lives in an archaic world, far away from civilization. He goes through life without rush or certainties, reminding the modern man of his fragility. Despite the Soviet past, the people in the Lithuanian region Dzukija have kept their primitive point of view on the world. Dzukija seems a place divided between degradation and holiness, where life and death, happiness and sorrow, joy and pain are inseparable, coexisting in a world full of apocalyptic visions. ...