Statement about “Montags in Dresden”
In response to the coverage of Montags in Dresden and the current online debate, festival director Leena Pasanen has made the following statement explaining the decision to screen the film, which is being shown as part of this year’s International Programme. It is also nominated for the Leipziger Ring Film Award.
“Montags in Dresden does not prescribe an opinion, assigning viewers the responsibility for their own interpretation. The film calls on audiences to form an opinion on what they see. This open approach is a challenge.
Why are people attracted to Pegida? What mechanisms are at play? Montags in Dresden is a film from which we have to draw our own conclusions.
It is important that documentary films seek encounters, which can be unpleasant. This is a balancing act that many documentaries are prepared to face. We have to be able to put up with the fact that others might not share our opinions. Our festival refuses to shy away from controversial debate. We want to confront reality.
DOK Leipzig stands for an openness to the world and democratic values. It rejects all of Pegida’s actions.”