62. Internationales Leipziger Festival für Dokumentar- und Animationsfilm
DOK Leipzig 28 October – 3 November 2019
62nd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
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Special Programmes 2019

Special Programmes 2019 The first Special Programmes for this year’s festival edition are set!
“Who Owns the Truth?” is the guiding question for a two-day symposium at DOK Leipzig 2019 on (cinematic) approaches to engaging with political opponents –. It is also the title of the accompanying film programme, which aims to show works in which filmmakers are confronted with convictions that run counter to the values they themselves hold. The other Special Programmes of this year’s festival selection invite audiences to question contemporary social and political conditions in a variety of ways.

The Retrospective is invariably a central element of the Special Programmes. To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Peaceful Revolution, this year’s Retrospective turns its attention to the era of twin German states from 1949 to 1989. Two events planned for the run-up to the festival will set the stage for the Retrospective and give viewers a taste of what to expect: on 29 August, Leipzig’s Zeitgeschichtliches Forum (Forum for Contemporary History) will show the documentary film DER BEITRITT – DIE LETZTE REGIERUNG DER DDR (THE ACCESSION – THE LAST GOVERNMENT OF THE GDR) by Hans Sparschuh and Rainer Burmeister, accompanied by a Q&A with Ralph Eue and Rainer Eppelmann (president of the Federal Foundation for the Study of Communist Dictatorship in East Germany). On 8 October, Marcel Ophüls’ documentary film NOVEMBER DAYS will also be shown at ZFL. In addition to Ralph Eue, historian Andreas Kötzing will also be present for a discussion following the screening.

This year’s Homage at DOK Leipzig honours the cinematic oeuvre of Singaporean director Tan Pin Pin, whose works operate at the intersection between video and visual art, film and photography, repeatedly taking up the theme of Singapore’s national identity – to the frequent displeasure of the island nation’s ruling class.

This year’s Country Focus takes a close look at Croatia’s vibrant documentary film scene. Whether explicitly or implicitly, many of the films here reveal the scars left by the wars of the 1990s or the systemic shift from socialism to capitalism as well as the tensions and contradictions in peoples’ everyday lives rooted in these events.

In the DEFA Matinee programme, DOK Leipzig pays tribute to the GDR’s sole proponent of the essay film, Eduard Schreiber. Between 1960 and 1980, Schreiber was a regular guest at the festival, and this year he is celebrating his 80th birthday.

The Re-Visions Special Programme will be returning this year as well. Since its jubilee edition two years ago, DOK Leipzig has been taking a look back at its own past. Re-Visions will present a selection of films that have had a particular impact on the festival’s history.

Numerous filmmakers from the Special Programmes will be in Leipzig to present their films in person.

The Special Programmes for animated film will be announced in September.

Further information regarding the symposium and Special Programmes can be found in the corresponding press release.
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