True Story: a documentary video and podcast interview series; almost everything you ever wanted to know about Central and Eastern European documentary film.
In-depth interviews, analysis, field reports, live events and much much more with your curious and enthusiastic hosts, Ivona Remundova and Nicole Jennifer Adelman.
This series is brought to you by the Institute of Documentary Film (www.dokweb.net) and Film New Europe (www.filmneweurope.com).
True Story: Episode 10: Salt from Bonneville
Two Men, a Bike and a Goal. Competition from Ukraine heads west to America to explore the landscape and the inspiration of bringing salt, and a world record for speed, on a Soviet refurbished motorcycle, back from the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, to the homegrown hunger for the sport found in the Ukraine. An invigorating, joyful and expansive film by Simon Mozgovyi.
True Story: Episode 09: Acasa, My Home
In the wilderness of the Bucharest Delta, nine children and their parents occupied an off-grid homestead for 20 years until being chased out and forced to live in the big city. In his newest film, Radu Ciorniciuc documents the family as they face life in the system for the first time. Many difficult questions arise about the freedom and choice to: be illiterate, live off nature, ignore private property, not participate in the society, and many more...
True Story: Episode 08: An Ordinary Country
When footage from the archives of the Polish Secret Service were revealed to filmmaker Tomasz Wolski, his passion for Polish history awakened the need to create An Ordinary Country; a haunting and important rememberance about surveillance, our current behaviors and how to frame, and possibly protect, our privacy and our abilities to improve our lives.
True Story: Episode 07: Merry Christmas, Yiwu
A gorgeous multi-layered narrative of factory and family life in Yiwu, China. How we consume, how we live, and a beautiful exploration of values, culture and questions regardin our global economy are raised in this True Story conversation.
True Story: Episode 06: Her Mothers
As Hungary’s far right political climate becomes increasingly extremist, two women try to adopt a child of Roma origin in this overtly anti-gay and racist society. Directors Asia Dér and Sári Haragonics follow Virág, a former politician, and her partner Nóra, a musician, through their long adoption process. But tensions begin to rise as Virág thrives in her role as a mother and Nóra struggles to find her place within the family. As the rising tides of hate and homophobia begin to overflow into their family, they must face the difficult decision of whether to leave their country behind.
True Story: Episode 05: Wolves at the Borders
In Martin Pav's Wolves at the Borders the fight between Man vs. Nature and our role in the ecosystem continues, and in this True Story interview, Martin and Nicole discuss culture clash, ecology and how we can all learn to talk about difficult topics.