Special Programmes 2017
The films of this year's DOK Leipzig Special Programmes, which make up the festival alongside the Official Selection, have been set. The theme Nach der Angst (Post-Angst) runs through all six. In its 60th anniversary edition, DOK Leipzig is exploring the extent to which the art of film can open up new prospects for the future in view of current political events and the erosion of democratic values. Sixty years into its own existence and 100 years after the October Revolution, the festival is also asking what happens after fear and what creative potential the phenomenon holds.
The Animated Film Special Programme illustrates that the exploration of angst does not always have to be serious. The Retrospective focuses on the visual language of communism and draws parallels with the situation today in the post-communist world. It also looks at the current state of affairs in the US. The Country Focus on Georgia explores the situation in the post-Soviet state and the country's artistically and historically motivated quest for new images of itself. The Homage takes apart the theme of angst from a psychological and experimental perspective. The Youth Programme shows how the attempt to escape reality gives rise to certain risks but also freedom.
- Retrospective: Commanders – Chairmen – General Secretaries. Communist Rule in the Visual Languages of Cinema
- Country Focus: Import/Export – Georgian Cinema Across Borders
- Homage: Visual Electrics. The Cinema of Jay Rosenblatt
- Special Programme Animated Film: Post-Angst
- Youth Programme: Escaping Realities
- Kids DOK
Some 170 films made between 1928 and 2017 will be running as part of the Special Programmes.