DOK Leipzig 26. Oktober – 1. November 2015
58. Internationales Leipziger Festival für Dokumentar– und Animationsfilm
DOK Leipzig 26 October – 1 November 2015
58th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
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Glut der Erinnerung

The Retrospective of German-Palestinian Co-Productions

DOK Leipzig 1973, Foto: R. Podzuweit, (c) Filmmuseum Potsdam DOK Leipzig 1973, Foto: R. Podzuweit, (c) Filmmuseum Potsdam


From the 28th of May to the 13th of June Glut der Erinnerung. The Retrospective of German-Palestinian Co-Productions is hosted at the Zeughauskino of the Deutschen Historischen Museum, Berlin. There you can discover the most important film works of this period - including a series of Leipzig prize-winners.


Additionally, the retrospective provides a view into the PLO’s film collaborations with both German states.


Documentary films played an important role for the information policy of the PLO, which was founded in 1964. In an age in which television was established as a medium of mass communication, they provided a means of generating public counter-opinion. The films were able to show the living reality of Palestinian refugees, while the PLO was able to demand sovereignty over the narrative of Palestinian politics and its history.


Over its long history, DOK Leipzig has been an important site for Palestinian film and the question of the Palestinian people. Since 1969, Arabic filmmakers have been meeting at DOK Leipzig, and an appeal has gone out from here to the filmmakers of the world, to lend their attention to the problems of Palestine. Since 1973, the Palestinian freedom movement - the PLO - has been represented by a delegation in Leipzig. Here, many productions have premiered, and the delegation even announced its own award: the Hani-Jawhariya Award of Honour of the PLO for Best Film about an Occupying Regime. For the 25th Festival anniversary, Yasser Arafat sent us a message of congratulations. Here, Palestinian directors met with luminaries of documentary film, and from here, inspirations, contacts, ideas, discourses and trust are developed. In Leipzig it was easier to meet than in the warzone of the Middle East. The union of Arabic documentary filmmakers was founded during our Festival.


The series is curated by the Middle East film expert, producer and distributor, Irit Neithardt. The curatorial advisor is Kais al-Zubaidi, whose films have been co-developed by DOK Leipzig, and who was long-active as an advisor of the festival.


Glut der Erinnerung displays a representative part of the legacy of film. The directors will take the stage in a series of discussions with the public. Parts of the program will be remounted in early 2016, in Ramallah and Beirut.


Presented by DOK Leipzig, DEFA Foundation, the Goethe Institute and ALFILM Festival.



Programme: Glut der Erinnerung

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