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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Freitag Salon


Freitag-Salon: Arab Spring — Reality of a Revolution

Friday, 21 October 2011, 19:30 – 21:00
Zeitgeschichtliches Forum Leipzig

2011 is the year of the revolution in the Arab world. First Tunisia drove out its long-standing ruler, Ben Ali, and then Egypt toppled the Mubarak dictatorship. The fire of revolution subsequently spread through Libya, while in Syria and Yemen the fight against the ruling regimes continues on, though the conclusion is far from certain. The focus on the Arab world in DOK Festival's International Programme follows recent pressing events, and many of the films were created under difficult conditions. Among the questions that will be explored during the panel discussion: How important is the media as an amplifier of protests? Is there a protest aesthetic that unifies the movements in Arab countries? What role will the former opposition movements now play?



Philip Grassmann



Following the discussion, ARTE presents an in-depth cross-media platform on the subject of the Arab democracy movements: "The Arab world in Revolution(s)".


In addition to the numerous video portraits in the "Generation Revolution" series of online documentaries, there is much more content to discover in Journal 2.0: a blog about the elections in Tunisia, interviews with experts, newspaper cartoons, a focus on Arab cinema, in-depth dossiers on individual countries and much more.




Oussama Rifahi

Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, Beirut

Sonja Hegasy

Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin

Orwa Nyrabia

Proaction Film, Damascus

Ayten Amin

filmmaker, "Tahrir 2011", Cairo