DOK Leipzig 29. Oktober – 4. November 2018
61. Internationales Leipziger Festival für Dokumentar- und Animationsfilm
DOK Leipzig 29 October – 4 November 2018
61st International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
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Borderline Truth –
Strategies in Documenting
the (Caucasus) Conflict

Normally, the fronts are clearly separated: power and politics on the one side (the power of politics), criticism and documentary film on the other (the criticism of documentary films). However, it becomes quite obvious in the Caucasus conflict – more precisely: in the various conflicts and wars on Caucasian territory – that good and evil, true and wrong, right and not right cannot be told apart and allocated that easily any longer, neither in the field of politics nor in the conflict of image strategies.


Nevertheless, it dawns on you that the truth does not simply lie in between. The truth – sought after again and again. In documentary formats of the most different and differing types. There are conflicts that are determined and shaped by images. There are images that are determined and shaped by conflicts. Sometimes, there are not even images any more for conflicts, or words. And then again, conflicts might develop into images and discussions, get absorbed, with counter-images and protests flaring up.


Based on the infrastructural, economic and ideological conditions in the individual „Caucasian" regions, the DOK-Summit examines in this year's special program „Caucasian Lessons" the significance, the functions and the means the documentary film has in a zone (and during the time) of the conflict.



Barbara Wurm

(Curator „Caucasian Lessons" DOK Leipzig)



Helena Zajicova

FAMU Prague/Czech Republic, formerly CEO/One World Film Festival

Zaza Rusadze

Filmmaker, Tbilisi/Georgia and Berlin/Germany

Nino Kirtadze

Filmmaker/Actor, Paris/France

Andrey Nekrasov

Filmmaker, St.Petersburg/Russia

Harutyun Khachatryan

Filmmaker/Erevan Golden Apricot International Film Festival, Erevan/Armenia