For several years now DOK Leipzig has been steadily expanding its programme sector for children and adolescents. The curated, tailor-made programmes being offered in 2016 will be no exception. They are presented appropriate to age, including live translations into German and film talks co-ordinated to match the target group – some using DOK children moderators. Whereas the weekday showings at the festival are offered for kindergartens and schools, the screenings on the festival weekend are mainly directed towards families.
DOK Leipzig puts together programmes for children starting at 3 years old up to primary-school age under this label.
Arranged in two compilations for kids aged 3 and older and 6 and older, respectively, Anima for Kids traditionally offers intelligent and funny animated films beyond the mass merchandise provided by Disney and cartoons. The transcending theme this year is friendship and standing by one another, whereby the subject matter is also about dealing with the unfamiliar, as in “Moroshka” by Polina Minchenok and “Lachek, I am Mean” by Fateme Gosheh – the story of a little migrant girl in Sweden and her veil – or “Going Home to Indonesia” by Dessy Bambang. Meike Fehre playfully makes the East and West German past the theme of discussion while celebrating a world premiere in Leipzig with “Giant Sweet & Chocolate Marshmallows” (“Riesenkamell und Schokokuss”).
Giant Sweet & Chocolate Marshmallows (2016); Regie: Meike Fehre
Mixed programmes including documentary and animated films address children aged 10 and older and 12 and older. They revolve around how children and adolescents in different countries – and under different conditions – try to make their dreams come true. Among them are a young street musician in Zimbabwe (“You Can’t Hide from the Truth” by A.a.V. Amasi) along with the Polish boy with Down syndrome in “Daniel” (by Anastazja Dąbrowska), or young Ciera, an up-and-coming Country Music star, in a world premiere by André Hörmann (“Ciera‘s Song”). Not to mention the residents of Thomashuis, a project for assisted living, who dream just as much of fame and stardom in Marinka de Jongh’s “Full of Dreams”.
For the first time, a film from the children’s programme is simultaneously nominated for the International Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film: Elin Grimstad’s animated confrontation with death in “Eternal Hunting Grounds” convinced the Selection Committee due to an artistic mastery that equally appeals to both children and adults.
Full of Dreams (2016); Regie: Marinka de Jongh
In addition to the programmes curated for children, films from the Official Selection are being offered at separate screenings for children and/or adolescents. School showings take place daily from Tuesday to Friday at 10 a.m. A showing including specially prepared educational material is taking place for “Brother Jakob “ (“Bruder Jakob”), a film that accompanies a young German who has converted to Islam on his quest for meaning and subsequent radicalisation.
Young Eyes Competition
In the Young Eyes Competition, a young jury mentored in co-operation with the film school association Filmschule Leipzig e.V. decides on the film project best suited for a young audience. Films for this target group are additionally labelled “U18” (under 18). Their thematic content ranges from first love to life in a distant land and on to growing up with deaf parents and confronting the past via smartphone.