Another two new documentary films have just been added to KineDok's VOD! You will be able to enjoy them for free from the comfort of your home from February 19 until March 3. This time it's Leaving to Remain about everyday worries and small victories of three characters who represent an educated and ambitious, yet still vulnerable community of Europeans, and Yoyogi, which is a place of freedom and going beyond everything human. Like the first flight to the sky.
Both films are available from any of the KineDok partner countries (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Croatia, Hungary and Georgia) and you need a voucher to watch them for free, which you can request at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LEAVING TO REMAIN (Mira Erdevički, 2022, Slovakia, United Kingdom, Czech Republic)
Ondřej, a student and teacher; Denisa, a lawyer; and Petr, a policeman, are all Romani who have enjoyed a world of opportunity in Britain, something that’s hard for them to come by in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. This multi-layered, yet rather intimate documentary, which contains a number of scenes shot by the protagonists themselves on their mobile phones, depicts the everyday worries and small victories of the three main characters who represent an educated and ambitious, yet still vulnerable community of Europeans, and who help embrace the opportunities offered to others. In addition to exploring themes of displacement and the search for one's own identity in a post-Brexit world, the film also asks how the characters’ fates were shaped by the COVID-19 epidemic. (source)
YOYOGI (Max Golomidov, 2022, Estonia, Japan)
Yoyogi is a park located in the center of Tokyo and the setting as well as the main character of this documentary. However, it is not the director’s intention to present the history of the park – apart from the opening title, the audience will not learn any facts about it. The documentary without voiceover captures the park and its visitors only with a static camera and soft editing. Children playing on a monument, a couple on a bench hugging under an umbrella, young men competing in a rap battle, a homeless man passed by somebody, a girl making a TikTok video, a group of black men singing a song in a foreign language. A meditative observation. This film combines two strange and seemingly overlapping peculiarities. On the one hand, there is a distant, almost scientific in its dryness, observation of ordinary scenes of people’s life in the park, on the other hand, a feeling of some kind of magic and the impossibility of what is happening.
In addition to the planned online screenings of films from KineDok's existing catalogue, they have decided to expand their VOD with brand new documentaries. Each month two selected films will be available for free online, the plan for the last month is as follows:
March 18 - 31, 2024
The names of the specific films will not be released until that month, so keep an eye on their communication channels to make sure you don't miss anything.