Anniversary Programme: DOK Leipzig turns 60!
To celebrate our 60th edition, we’re not waiting for the official festival opening but will start partying three days in advance. We have compiled a pre-festival anniversary programme, taking place at the weekend from 27 to 29 October. Films that have been important in the festival's past will be shown at three evening events in our anniversary programme called Now and Then – Then and Now. Each will be devoted to a particular theme - Politics and History, Young Eyes and Active Art. The film screenings will be accompanied by conversations in a salon atmosphere. Each time, there will be two hosts, both closely linked with the festival but from different generations.
For Now and Then – Then and Now we leave our familiar venues and venture to move to UT Connewitz (Friday, 27/10), the Institut fuer Zukunft (Saturday, 28/10) and the Grassimuseum (Sunday, 29/10). These three anniversary screenings are free but everyone is welcome to donate to renovate the former "Kino der Jugend" in Leipzig's Eisenbahnstraße.
There will also be several other anniversary events during the festival itself from 30 October to 5 November: In an evening performance on Wednesday, 1 November, the solo theatre performer and entertainer Jürgen Kuttner will present extracts from films and television programmes and provide a sharp-tongued commentary reflecting his unique sense of observation. With words and images, he will delve into six decades of history - that of politics, of culture and of the festival.
This year's DEFA Matinee also goes back into time and focuses on the works of the filmmaker Karl Gass, one of the festival's co-founders.
And we celebrate with our audience on Saturday, 4 November: After the award ceremony there will be a party where everybody is invited to "dance with the winners". It will take place at Leipzig Westbad from 10pm onwards.
Finally, the historian and journalist Andreas Kötzing has written a text that condenses his immense knowledge of the festival. You can find his essay Leipzig im Herbst (Leipzig in the autumn) on our homepage.