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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Festival Director


Claas Festival Director


Which film from the 2014 programme best reflects the free spirit and revolutionary heart of DOK Leipzig for you?


CITIZENFOUR by Laura Poitras represents, for me, the free spirit, revolutionary heart and political tradition of DOK Leipzg. Not only the director, but also her protagonist Edward Snowden have sacrificed their personal security and the possibility to have a protected private life in order to make this film, which brings to our scrutiny the totality of surveillance through the NSA and other secret services.



Which production has touched you, surprised you or made you laugh the most?


There is a short film that particularly touched me: Of God and Dogs by the Syrian Abounaddara Collective. In the film, a man tells of how he shot somebody else – in order to save his life.



Which film would you recommend to festival newcomers?


The Danish film The Agreement, by Karen Stokkendal Poulsen, accompanies an experienced diplomat as he negotiates mutual recognition between Serbia and Kosovo. In this film, politics and diplomacy are more exciting than any crime fiction.



And what is, in your opinion, the programme highlight for loyal festival fans?


Well, there are plenty of highlights in our Programme! But the Polish documentary 15 Corners of the World by Zuzanna Solakiewicz is really extraordinary. A film about experimental music that is completely breath-taking.