62. Internationales Leipziger Festival für Dokumentar- und Animationsfilm
DOK Leipzig 28 October – 3 November 2019
62st International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
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Special Programmes 2018

Special Programmes 2018 From Werner Herzog to Ruth Beckermann, from animated films to personal essays. The around 150 films look to the past and to the future in equal measure – and take their bearings from this year’s festival motto: Demand the Impossible!Now. Directed by: Santiago Álvarez (Special Programme Re-Visions)

The Special Programmes of the 61st edition of DOK Leipzig demand the impossible in a range of different ways. In keeping with this year’s festival motto Demand the Impossible!, they each revolve around films which seek to bring about change or depict processes of transformation.


Around 150 films will be shown in the nine Special Programmes during the festival week alongside the Official Selection. Numerous filmmakers from the Special Programmes will present their films in Leipzig in person.


Many films of this year’s Special Programmes are frequently about the emancipatory power of art. Lithuanian documentary film for example, which is the subject of the 2018 COUNTRY FOCUS, captures the sense of longing for independence from the Soviet Union. The programme animated film equally takes a critical look at the world with a healthy dose of fantasy. With its HOMAGES to Ruth Beckermann and Werner Herzog, DOK Leipzig is honouring two filmmakers whose respective oeuvres are marked by their subjective views of the state of society: the former connects her own biography to political questions, while the latter simply creates truths of his own. Equally, Lutz Dammbeck’s biography is present in his filmmaking, as he used to work in the former GDR before later emigrating to West Germany. He is now the subject of a SHOWCASE at DOK Leipzig. Two further programmes look to the past: the 2018 DEFA MATINEE shows early, experimentally-minded student films from the film school in Babelsberg, known today as the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, while the programme RE-VISIONS pays tribute to festival films that have made a lasting impression on the history of DOK Leipzig. And last, but not least, this year’s Retrospective explores the political potential of (documentary) film art by presenting films linked to the 1968 protest movement.


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We will announce the films of the Official Selection and the complete film programme on 10 October.



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