20 Years of Eastern European Documentary in 20 Films

From its founding in 2001, the Institute of Documentary Film (IDF) has been supporting creative documentary films from Central and Eastern Europe. These days we are celebrating its 20th anniversary with the selection of 20 films covering various activities of the IDF and at the same time showing many faces of the Central and Eastern European documentary.

The selection includes Oscar-nominated Rabbit a la Berlin (2009) by Bartosz Konopka, who is the Ex Oriente Film workshop alumnus, as well as Juraj Lehotský's award-winning Blind Loves (2008). The Russion Job (2017) by Petr Horký and Wall of Death, and All That (2016) by Mladen Kovačević started their successful journey at the East Doc Platform. The collection also could not be complete without including two great films by Georgian filmmaker Salomé Jashi, Bakhmaro (2011) and The Dazzling Light of Sunset (2016), which were nominated for the Silver Eye Award for the best film in the East Silver Market. 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.

Celebrate with us 20 years of the Institute of Documentary Film!

In cooperation with

  • IDF

Selected films

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