The theme of this year’s edition of DOK Leipzig is “Disobedience”. It's a leitmotif that makes itself felt throughout the Special Programmes, which are bold, provocative and transgressive.
In addition, Special Programmes involving works from countries such as Poland, Russia or Turkey cast light on the kinds of artistic strategies filmmakers develop in a restrictive environment.
The Retrospective, “Seven Sins According to Polish Documentary”, uses cinematic history to take a critical and humorous look at such topics as nation, censorship, women or vodka. The Hommage is a tribute to the idiosyncratic Russian filmmaker Marina Razbezhkina. Her artistically creative oeuvre is distinguished by direct and politically bold works in which fictional and non-fictional film are closely interlinked. Razbezhkina will also be appraising the winning film in the Next Masters Competition in her own capacity as “Master”.
The films in the Special Programmes are equally provocative. Comic illustrators break with taboos and bring suppressed fantasies to the surface in the films of the series entitled “Disobedient Images”; a work by artist Bill Morrison portrays how existing film material is decomposed in the course of chemical processes.
The Country Focus on Turkey examines current political and social developments within the country in a highly diversified fashion. The works deal with themes such as freedom of opinion, urbanisation and protest movements. Last year saw the start of a programme agenda targeted towards a young audience. This year the focal point of the films and interactive projects is being placed on hip-hop.
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