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Animated Film
1950
10 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Kurt Stordel Filmproduktion
Kurt Stordel
Gerhard Trede
Kurt Stordel
Bertram Otto
An animation in praise of the Deutsche Mark as the solid currency to be trusted.

Olaf Möller

[Demonstration in Dresden am 22. Januar 1990; Besichtigung in Dresdener Stasi-Objekt] [Ausschnitt]

Documentary Film
1990
15 minutes
subtitles: 
No
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anonymous
An amateur film document in the midst of the political and social changes that were demanded, desired or feared since the opening of the inner-German border in November 1989. The uncertainty of that time seems to operate the filmmaker’s camera: shot from an awkward angle, trying to get a clear view but inexperienced and as yet unable to create a comprehensive picture, the speakers are to be captured on stage between banners and flags. There, prominent speakers explain their interpretation of the past and, to the enthusiastic applause of their listeners, make demands for the political design of the immediate future.

Konstantin Wiesinger

[Kolloquium Ausstellung „Zeitzeichen. Stationen Bildender Kunst in NRW“ am 11. November 1989 in Leipzig] [Ausschnitt]

Documentary Film
1989
28 minutes
subtitles: 
No
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Stadtkabinett für Kulturarbeit Leipzig
Stadtkabinett für Kulturarbeit Leipzig
On the occasion of an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Leipzig shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a panel of renowned artists and art mediators in the GDR talk about the mutual pervasion of art and society in the GDR and the FRG. Among the panellists are the painters and professors Arno Rink and Wolfgang Mattheuer, both spokesmen for the Leipzig School renowned beyond the borders of the GDR, and Erhard Frommhold, publicist and former chief reader of Verlag der Kunst in Dresden. The interviewees reflect on their own biographies and attempt to give an outlook on the freedom of art under the auspices of the free market.

Konstantin Wiesinger
199 kleine Helden: Jésùs aus Mexiko Lina Luzyte, Sigrid Klausmann

Eleven-year-old Jésùs lives in Mexico City and has a very special way to school: Every morning he and his little sister row a boat through a network of canals.

199 kleine Helden: Jésùs aus Mexiko

Documentary Film
2018
10 minutes
subtitles: 
VO_German
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Gerhard Schmidt, Walter Sittler
Lina Luzyte, Sigrid Klausmann
Roland Klausmann
Justyna Feicht
Lina Luzyte
Lina Luzyte
Eleven-year-old Jésùs lives in Mexico City and has a very special way to school: Every morning he and his little sister row a boat through a network of canals. Every day he sees how much the pollution of the water affects nature and people. Jésùs fears that his beautiful home will not exist for much longer.

Marie-Thérèse Antony
199 kleine Helden: Koolee aus Australien Kaye Harrison

Koolee’s path to school takes her over the dust-dry roads of Australia. Koolee is an Aborigine, but their language is not on the timetable at school.

199 kleine Helden: Koolee aus Australien

Documentary Film
2018
8 minutes
subtitles: 
VO_German
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Greer Simkin
Kaye Harrison
Archer Darcy
Kaye Harrison
Kaye Harrison
On the other side of the world, Koolee’s path to school takes her over the dust-dry roads of Australia. Koolee is an Aborigine, but their language is not on the timetable at school. That’s why she tries especially hard to learn more about her identity so that her culture won’t get lost. Luckily, there’s still plenty of time to play football!

Marie-Thérèse Antony
199 kleine Helden: Rania aus Jordanien Gessie George

In this documentary we are introduced to Rania. She looks forward to school every day, because not all the children in her home are allowed to study.

199 kleine Helden: Rania aus Jordanien

Documentary Film
2018
8 minutes
subtitles: 
VO_German
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Gerhard Schmidt, Walter Sittler
Gessie George
Tobias Müller
Cem Springer
Gessie George
Rami Alquaisi
In this documentary we are introduced to Rania. She looks forward to school every day, because not all the children in her home are allowed to study. She has lived in a huge tent city in Jordan ever since she and her family had to flee Syria before the war. The difficult conditions only reinforce her wish to become an engineer to turn the world into a better place one day.

Marie-Thérèse Antony
4 Feet: Blind Date María Belén Poncio, Damián Turkieh

“I will not be a virgin forever!” We follow Juana who is just discovering her own body. On her way through the non-barrier-free city she hears the occasional comment. Her answer: “Keep calm! It’s just a wheelchair!”

4 Feet: Blind Date

360° Film
2018
19 minutes
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Ezequiel Lenardón (Detona Cultura)
María Belén Poncio, Damián Turkieh
Santiago Beltramo, María Florencia Lucena Kempfer
Marcos Rostagno
María Belén Poncio, Damián Turkieh, Guido Bertisch
Martín López Funez
Rosario Perazolo Masjoan, Ezequiel Lenardón, Elisa Gagliano, Agustín Peralta, María Belén Poncio
Ariel Litivinov, Damián Turkieh
La Biennale di Venezia
Guillermo Mena
Delfina Díaz Gavier, Cristobal Lopez Baena
Rosario Perazolo Masjoan, Ezequiel Lenardón
Guillermo Mena
Guillermo Mena
Gonzalo Sierra
“I will not be a virgin forever!” We follow Juana who is just discovering her own body. On her way through the non-barrier-free city she hears the occasional comment. Her answer: “Keep calm! It’s just a wheelchair!” But the obstacle to overcome is something else: nervousness before a blind date where Juana hopes to pop her cherry.

Lars Rummel, Marie Hinkelmann



Awarded with the DOK Neuland Award.

77sqm_9:26min

Documentary Film
2017
29 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Forensic Architecture
Forensic Architecture
The investigations of the London-based Forensic Architecture collective are always based on two premises: First, state violence leaves traces. Second, decision makers have the power to erase these traces. Their reconstruction of the NSU’s murder of Halit Yozgat was one of the most spectacular works of documenta 14 and nominated for the Turner Prize. The method of their counter investigations: digital modelling, audio analysis, timeline comparisons. Their goal: synthesizing an incident in a precisely defined space-time continuum. Here: What happened on 6 April 2006 within a time span of 9 minutes and 26 seconds in a room of 77 square metres?

Ralph Eue

A Cat Is Always Female

Animated Film
2019
16 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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Igor Grubić
Martina Meštrović, Tanja Vujasinović
Alen Sinkauz, Nenad Sinkauz
Jasenko Rasol
Iva Kraljević
Martina Meštrović
Martina Meštrović, Tanja Vujasinović
Hrvoje Pelicarić
Marija Ujević Galetović is a woman full of contradictions. “A woman is essentially nature”, she says. But also that she doesn’t want to be judged by her sex. She was the only female professor of sculpture at the Zagreb Academy. A congenial short portrait by two young female filmmakers who, with self-reflexive wit and clever animations of the artist’s works, sketch connecting and dividing lines between the generations.

Silvia Hallensleben

A New Era

Documentary Film
2019
71 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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Anne-Catherine Witt, Antonio Magliano
Boris Svartzman
Boris Svartzman
Suzana Pedro, Emma Augier
Boris Svartzman, Laurine Estrade
Boris Svartzman
Over ten years, the director and photographer Boris Svartzman repeatedly visited the inhabitants of a plot of land in China. The houses and gardens there are in dispute, above all because of their specific location: an island in the Pearl River, in the middle of the megalopolis of Guangzhou. The area is to be transformed into a “nature paradise” with residential estates and parks for the new Chinese middle class. But the people resist. Their homes were destroyed in 2008. Life went on, just in ruins. They were ejected and returned. Life went on, but not necessarily in the new settlements they were given. Their gardens were destroyed. Life went on, in the gardens they rebuilt.

Loud and quiet resistance against the modernisation that’s going on all over the world seems especially dramatic in China. Svartzman captures in detail the co-existence of a modern, Western-inspired lifestyle and ancient traditions and architectures. This turns the life story of the old gentleman who always cordially welcomes the foreign guest like a ghost into a requiem. The West, fixated on cities, Svartzman says, could have learned a lot about “rural democracy” from China – had the Far East not trampled down its rural spaces and people in such a Western fashion.

Saskia Walker

A Tiger with No Stripes

Animated Film
2018
8 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
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Reginald de Guillebon, Nicolas Burlet
Raúl “Robin” Morales Reyes
Yan Volsy, Pablo Pico
Hervé Guichard
Marc Robinet, Pierre Bouvier, Morten Riisberg Hansen
Raúl “Robin” Morales Reyes
Yan Volsy
A tiger without stripes? Can the animal that terrifies the other inhabitants of the jungle be a real tiger at all? To stop being laughed at the little tiger goes in search of his stripes. He discovers them as shadows on his fur, paints them on with mud, but nothing lasts. How else can he get his stripes?

Marie-Thérèse Antony
A Two Way Mirror Katarina Zrinka Matijević

Impressive nature shots of the Lika region in the Croatian interior filmed over the four seasons form a contrast to the director’s off-screen autobiographical tale – four lost pregnancies, separation, and epilepsy.

A Two Way Mirror

Documentary Film
2016
42 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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Nenad Puhovski, Tamara Babun
Katarina Zrinka Matijević
Šumovi protiv valova
Vjeran Hrpka
Ana Štulina
Katarina Zrinka Matijević
Vesna Biljan Pušić, Ivan Zelić
Impressive nature shots of the Lika region in the Croatian interior filmed over the four seasons, some with a macro camera, form a contrast to the director’s off-screen autobiographical tale – four lost pregnancies, separation, and epilepsy. Poetic images of blades of grass and animals, water and tunnels, allegorise the mental struggle for survival and focus on beauty despite all painful experiences. The film, in which not only the director’s individual traumatic past but the collective history of the country are inscribed, functions as a meditative self-reflection of universal value.

Borjana Gaković

About Finnish Manhood

Documentary Film
2019
10 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Samuli Salonen (Kino Euphoria)
Samuli Salonen
Samuli Salonen
Samuli Salonen
Samuli Salonen
Samuli Salonen
One is staring out at the sea. The other is standing in the forest. One is trying to throw a basket. And there, in front of the sauna hut, someone is leaning against the railing. Men. Finnish men. Almost all of them share one thing: a state of emotional repression, deeply entrenched in their own self-conception. What seems frozen at first is quickly released – you just have to be willing to listen. “But if you can’t talk about feelings, then you can’t feel much,” one of them confesses. This is an invitation to talk.

Carolin Weidner

Above the Styx

Documentary Film
2019
29 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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Maria Stoianova
Maria Stoianova
Anna Khvyl
Maria Stoianova, Yulia Danylchuk, Maria Terebus, Liudmyla Paraskiva, Kateryna Rybachuk, Anastasiya Feshchuk, Ivan Bershadskyi, Alla Onopchenko
Maria Stoianova
Maria Terebus
Andrii Rogachov
A young man meticulously sticks plastic flowers into the ground. An elderly couple arrange a picnic right next to a grave. A small cake, sandwiches, eggs. It’s Easter on a Kyiv cemetery. Countless people flock to the graves of their loved ones to celebrate life, commemorate the dead and collect a few drops of holy water from the priest. The group of filmmakers has made an accomplished intimate social study of the rich traditions of their homeland.

Julia Weigl

Absolute Beginners

Documentary Film
2018
42 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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Fabien Siouffi
Fabrizio Terranova
Lawrence Le Doux
Tristand Galand
Bruno Tracq
Fabrizio Terranova
Nicolas Lebecque
If you’re not affected you have probably never heard of Huntington’s disease. But the hereditary genetic defect changes absolutely everything: the ability to control one’s body, contact with one’s soul, moods and emotions, the level of available energy … and last but not least the relationships with loved ones. There is no cure to date, but a test to find out before the outbreak of the disease whether you carry this genetic mutation.

The six people who very emotionally and honestly talk about their lives here have all tested positive, though they are at different stages of the disease. For fear of social ostracism, some of them only speak anonymously in front of the camera. Not all of them are ready yet to “show face” and admit to having the disease, which to outsiders often looks like severe dementia or a mental handicap, although every one of the persons who offer insights here impressively disproves such popular misunderstandings. What emerges clearly is that, when faced with incurable disease, we are always also faced with the question of how we can integrate the risk of mortality into our concept of life. Upon closer examination, though, this philosophical problem concerns each of us. A cinematic carpe diem and an ode to life.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann
After Party Viktor Zahtila

A universal story of separation about two lovers who can’t live together. Complete with an excursion on the homophobia of Croatian everyday society.

After Party

Documentary Film
2018
22 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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Marin Leo Janković, Laura Vuksan
Viktor Zahtila
Karla Jurić
Elena Radošević, Viktor Zahtila
Viktor Zahtila
A universal story of separation about two lovers who can’t live together. These arguments about concepts of life and love, hedonism and principles are cleverly staged and told in five chapters, with a full dose of eroticism, with obsessive jump cuts and beautifully photographed – complete with an excursion on the homophobia of Croatian everyday society.

Borjana Gaković