In 2017 DOK Leipzig again has a diverse selection of films in store for young festivalgoers. In the KIDS DOK special programme, curated by programme coordinator Lina Dinkla, the festival will be presenting films for children of all ages. Following the screenings, children moderators will lead lively discussions about the films.
DAM! The Story of Kit the Beaver (2017): Director: Kjell Boersma
KIDS DOK comprises four programmes with films from all over the world. The two ANIMA FOR KIDS programmes will show fantastical animated films for children from the ages of 3 and 5 up. This year a lot of characters from the animal kingdom will be making an appearance, whether modelled out of clay, drawn or as puppets. In DAM! The Story of Kit the Beaver by Kjell Boersma, the little beaver Kit demonstrates that helping others is more important than looking out for yourself. And Lena von Döhren’s film The Little Bird and the Caterpillar teaches us that farting can save lives and create friendships.
Thea (2016); Director: Halvor Nitteberg
The MIX FOR KIDS programmes are aimed at children from the ages of 8 and 12 up and propose a mixed selection of documentary and animated films. The protagonists of the films are all children, who are encountered at eye level. They give us insights into their future plans and try to figure out the world they live in. Many of the films deal with arrival. In Hello Salaam by Kim Brand, the Dutch friends Sil and Merlijn set off on a journey to a refugee camp in Lesbos, to see with their own eyes how people looking for a new home are having to live. Using a language app, they talk to the boys in the camp about where they come from and end up making new friends. In her animated documentary film The Little One, Diana Cam Van Nguyen tells of growing up Vietnamese in the Czech Republic and how she learned at an early age what it means to be foreign or truly at home. And the film Thea follows a sprightly 12-year-old who suffers from epilepsy and returns home after a long stay in a clinic. Thea provides an insight into her way of thinking and tells her favourite jokes, with the film showing black-and-white photographs that are brought to life in a sort of flick book.
Every morning during festival week DOK Leipzig will be putting on screenings for kindergartens and schools. There will be live translations into German.