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New Online Portal Brings Documentary Films to the Classroom


Doc Alliance has launched a new portal called Doc Alliance Academy offering documentary films and teaching materials for secondary schools and universities. In January, Doc Alliance Academy organizes a conference on film education.

DA Academy is an online source of quality European films and teaching materials suitable for teaching about film at schools. It is an international platform for the development of film literacy. The organizers have developed it since the spring of 2015 in collaboration with seven European documentary film festivals associated within Doc Alliance. This network includes Jihlava IDFF and documentary film fans may be familiar with it thanks to the possibility of watching films at the portal.

All films and materials are available for free
Doc Alliance Academy ( currently offers nine remarkable Czech and international documentary films. These include Workingman’s Death by Michael Glawogger among others. Without registering, visitors can view and try the trial lesson dealing with A Low-level Flight directed by Jan Šikl telling the gripping story of Czech history through home movies. “Documentary films are no longer mere bearers of information. They enter the field of fiction films and bring variety to TV production. They stir discussion and ask questions. These are some of the reasons why they are suitable for the school curriculum,” says managing director Nina Numankadić.

DA Academy organizes an inspiring conference in January

On January 15, 2016, the first edition of the international Film Literacy Lab will be held in Prague. It will offer seven case studies by experts on film education from seven European documentary film festivals. The aim of the conference is to inspire teachers and educational experts in how to use documentary films at school. “Good films can bring many new impulses to the classroom. Understanding film and audiovisual media in general is one of the skills that are essential for understanding the world,” says project coordinator Natálie Ostrouchova.

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