DokuFest 2020 Overview

The 19th DokuFest

August 7-25 (online)

More than 60 new and recent features make up the online edition of this noted event based in Prizren, Kosovo.


The event’s Balkan Competition includes work like Deniz Tortum’s PHASES OF MATTER, from Turkey, an inside look at an Istanbul teaching hospital; Ivan Ramljak’s ONCE UPON A YOUTH, from Croatia, in which the filmmaker reconstructs the life of a friend in the 1990s; Ábel Visky’s TALES FROM THE PRISON CELL, from Croatia and Hungary, about the connection between incarcerated fathers and their sons; and Nejra Latić Hulusić’s THE INFIDEL, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, about a former radical Islamist Bosnian man reckoning with being accused of terrorism.


Other competition sections include the International Competition, with work such as David Teboul’s MON AMOUR, about the filmmaker’s journey to Siberia to cope with his boyfriend’s death; the Green Competition, with Erlend E Mo’s JOURNEY TO UTOPIA, about the filmmaker’s family as they move to a sustainable organic farming cooperative; the Human Rights Competition, with Jonathan Rescigno’s STRIKE OR DIE, about the contentious French miners’ strike that began in December 1995; the Truth Competition, with Marc Wiese’s WE HOLD THE LINE, which focuses on Filipino journalist Maria Ressa and her team as they face retribution for covering President Duterte’s abuses of power; and the National Competition, with Vjosa Abazi’s HOPE, a portrait of four women facing challenges.


The non-competitive Special Programs include strands like View from the World, with Janna Ji Wonders’ WALCHENSEE FOREVER, a personal exploration of her family’s history, from Bavaria to Mexico, San Francisco to India; Disorder: Music on Film, with Phil Collins’ BRING DOWN THE WALLS, which explores resistance to the US prison system through house music and nightlife; and Shadowplay: Film on Film, with Gregory Monro’s KUBRICK BY KUBRICK, which provides insight into the legendary filmmaker through 30 years of interviews.

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