Which film from the 2014 programme best reflects the free spirit and revolutionary heart of DOK Leipzig for you?
Striplife from the Doc Alliance Selection provides insight into the everyday life of people who live in the Gaza Strip. Rather than constructing images in the usual reportage style, the images show a way of living that oscillates between normality and extremes. Even under the most unusual circumstances and in daily danger, people living there continue with the minutiae of everyday living, be it work problems or leisure.
Which production has touched you, surprised you or made you laugh the most?
Night Will Fall – although we think we have read, seen and heard so much about the Holocaust, the footage shown here reveal an until now now unseen vividness and cruelty that will deeply touch you. This film shows the story of the camera operators of the Allies, some of whom (including Hitchcock) were later to become well-renowned filmmakers - but also images that bring one unexpectedly close to the horrors of that time.
Which film would you recommend to festival newcomers?
Love and Engineering is a light and funny film that provides a slightly scandalous glimpse into the investigation of love. A pair of somewhat nerdy biologists attempt to discover the algorithm of love and in the process discover that formulas are not everything.
And what is, in your opinion, the programme highlight for loyal festival fans?
That’s a difficult question! The Great Night from Doc Alliance Selection is a fantastic film that follows the trail of those who spend the majority of their private and public lives in the night. It’s not always easy viewing – impressive, shocking and definitely an eye-opener.