This year DOK Leipzig is once again presenting documentary and animated films for young film fans with the Kids DOK special programme. Imaginative, funny, but also thoughtful stories from eleven different countries allow both children and adults to immerse themselves in fascinating worlds.
The section features two ANIMA FOR KIDS programmes: one for children three-years-old and older, and a second for children from the age of five. Both programmes feature animated short films that follow along with little and bigger heroes on their adventures. In Stumblebee for example, a bumblebee loses its ability to fly when it hears that according to the statistics bumblebees aren’t even built to fly at all. In No Gravity on the other hand, an astronaut who’s just returned from space attempts to regain his footing here on Earth.
The Kids DOK programmes for somewhat older children from the ages of eight and ten feature a mixture of documentary and animated films whose protagonists – all of them kids – encounter the young audience on an equal footing. For instance, there is Their Voices, in which the students at a Polish boarding school for the deaf invite us into their world without spoken words. The viewer gradually gets to know their habits, gestures and facial expressions.
Or in the film Crowley – Cowboy up, which tells the story of a 14-year-old boy from Colorado. To help cope with the death of his older brother, Crowley resolves to follow in his footsteps and become the greatest cowboy that ever lived.
The special programme Kids DOK was curated by programme co-ordinators Kim Busch and Marie-Thérèse Antony.
It is intended for preschools, schools and families. The films are shown every day during the festival week and weekend in the mornings. Live speakers provide German voice-overs for all foreign-language films.