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
Inhalt Navigation "Barrierefreie Angebote" switch to english language Umschalten auf deutsche Sprache get more informations about our accessibility offer


Country Focus Lithuania:
Challenges of (In)Dependence

The Field of Magic. Directed by: Mindaugas Survila

On the 100th anniversary of the independence of the Baltic Republics, DOK Leipzig turns its attention to Lithuania. As a lone fighter of sorts, this small country between Poland, Belarus and Latvia with around the same number of inhabitants as Berlin has developed its own unique form of poetic documentary, that sprung up between the clutches of the Soviet Union and a longing for Europe.


“Lithuanian documentary cinema has always had a special artistic character – and the same still applies today”, says Audrius Stonys, who has already been affiliated with DOK Leipzig for many years now. The director and filmmaker is the curator of this year’s Country Focus.


The small country’s path to independence is also expressed in its documentary film, which reflects on the three most important turning points and periods of upheaval in the history of the nation. “We distinguish between the children of war, the children of independence and the children of digitalization.”


On repeated occasions, society thus faced the challenge of resisting the Soviet system, creating its own cultural identity and asserting this identity towards others. The Country Focus delves into the history of a country often at odds with itself, showing a selection of shorts from the period of the war, four additional films on the subject of independence and two films from the digital age.


This special programme provides insight into a documentary cinema that is more concerned with being an art form than the medium for a particular message – and yet perhaps ends up conveying even more substance precisely because of this. The filmmakers thus always found indirect ways of avoiding Soviet censorship, such as via a vocabulary of a particularly visual nature. “The filmmakers let their images speak for themselves” – images that exude an honesty and often dispense with language altogether.

Films and Tickets

You can find the programme and buy tickets online in our Filmfinder.


In cooperation with the Lithuanian Film Center and Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in the Federal Republic of Germany