The 63rd DOK Leipzig
October 26-November 1
This notable German nonfiction event has slimmed down for its hybrid edition this year, presenting just shy of 40 new documentary features.
Among the offerings:
A visually stunning and at the same time sober reckoning of the zero sum game between climate change and nuclear disaster: no dramatization at all and yet deeply disturbing.
WIR WOLLTEN ALLE FIESEN KILLEN
Bettina Ellerkamp, Jörg Heitmann
A real-life satire about the incredible acquisition and impossible sale of a bunker mountain – a mixture of serious documentary and bone-dry humorous science fiction.
A Syrian Orthodox nun lives in an abandoned estate in south-eastern Turkey. Despite hostilities from the Muslim neighbourhood: she won’t be driven out.
Monika has a new dream: She fights tirelessly to preserve her grandmother’s ailing inn and farm. A family chronicle and a film about life goals.
Girls in an exhibition: visitors aged between seven and nineteen contemplate individual works in the Leipzig Museum of Fine Arts and offer spontaneous interpretations.
THE ANNOTATED FIELD GUIDE OF ULYSSES S GRANT
The American Civil War dissected: a distinctive 16mm film and animated war board games reveal a divided nation full of rebels.
Why do Palestinian minors take part in the Intifada against Israel? Ada Ushpiz follows children and their families and witnesses terrible pressure.
A gentle investigation of the biographical and emotional condition of the filmmaker’s grandparents, who emigrated from Algeria to France.
CONSIDERING THE ENDS
Shepherdess Nathalie learns what it means to kill with one’s own hands. Her process of development turns out to be a holistic learning experience: about responsibility, care, and knives.
Bliss and misery are close together in the travelling circus. Full of wit and tragedy, ambitious clowns, painful relationships, and the rough life behind the scenes.
Golden Section/Audience Award:
THE BLUNDER OF LOVE
Rocco Di Mento
Cinematic genealogy: A grandson sets out to document his grandparents’ boundless love but upon closer inspection of the myth is unable to overlook the family rifts.
A BLACK JESUS
In the small Sicilian town of Siculiana, people place their fate in the hands of a black Christ, but do not totally trust the African refugees living nearby.
A LONELY CITY
There’s no better place for a lonely life than Berlin. A portrait of a city with its diverse inhabitants, which strikes the right notes far away from any hullabaloo.
This moving portrait of the filmmaker’s grandmother is also an intelligent reflection of the unique ability of photography to record and pass on echoes of a life lived.
A NEW SHIFT
Tomáš worked as a miner for 21 years, until the mine closed down. Full of hope, he retrains as a coder. But the way out of the crisis is harder than expected.
LAMENTATIONS OF JUDAS
In an abandoned desert town, a group of old men live in poverty. Once Angolan mercenaries of the Apartheid regime, they now become actors in the story of Judas Iscariot.
Looking for the truth in the past, the filmmaker confronts the explicitly sexual film footage once produced by his twenty years younger lover.
EVERYTHING THAT IS FORGOTTEN IN AN INSTANT
Between three generations who grew up with three different languages, between New York and Buenos Aires, this intelligent and multi-layered film essay goes in search of identity.