Film Archive

Jahr

It Takes a Family

Documentary Film
Denmark
2019
59 minutes
subtitles: 
English
German
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Ulrik Gutkin (Copenhagen Film Company Short & Doc.)
Susanne Kovács
Povl Kristian
Casper Høyberg, Susanne Kovács
Marion Tuor
Susanne Kovács
Claus Lynge
Susanne Kovács knows that her paternal grandparents survived the Holocaust and fled to Denmark to begin a new life. That’s all she knows. The Hungarian couple kept their own story under lock and key throughout their lives and focused on immersing themselves into Danish everyday life as quickly as possible. A picture book life, seen from outside. To escape the memory of death, they smiled and remained silent. If no one sees the darkness, they hoped, normality becomes possible. But the unsaid did not fade but grew and finally began to darken the present.

Even as a child, Susanne felt that indefinable mix of fear, pain and rage that was bubbling under the surface. Long before she was able to put these feelings into words, they were in the room. But when, as a young woman, she decides to ask questions, she meets only rejection. May she dig up times against her grandmother’s will that are haunted by so many ghosts? Isn’t it better to remain silent after all this time? Who is allowed to speak and with whom? Which version of the truth is right? A courageous investigation of her own family story that makes it clear that at some point it’s no longer about guild, but about forgiveness.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann

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The War Show

Documentary Film
Denmark
2016
104 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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Miriam Nørgaard, Alaa Hassan
Andreas Dalsgaard, Obaidah Zytoon
Colin Stetson
Obaidah Zytoon, Amr Kheito, Hisham Issa, Wasim Zahra, Dana Bakdounes
Adam Nielsen
Andreas Dalsgaard, Obaidah Zytoon
In her live radio show Obaidah Zytoon plays the sound of the Syrian revolution. That’s how, in March 2011, her personal journey into the unknown started, full of hope and boundless energy. She is the narrator who introduces us to her friends, young people with an academic or artistic background who like to have parties on the beach or smoke hash in someone’s apartment. Elective affinities, united by the dream of a free life and ready to pay a high price. Together they also go out into the streets to film the protests. They produce what they believe the regime fears most: images. But then the events in the streets escalate and the images with them.

More and more frequently, Obaidah reflects, actions are performed for the camera. And yet the “War Show” is real in a brutal way. Travelling all over Syria, always in the line of fire and on the threshold of the next level of escalation, she documents the dynamics of war in seven chapters, from “Revolution” to “Extremism”. But it’s the personal narrative that puts everything in perspective. Obaidah Zytoon and Andreas Dalsgaard have viewed more than 400 hours of materials to shape this story which lets us experience how a departure is followed by a bottomless fall and how images help shape reality. What started as a video diary and digital grass roots movement becomes a requiem.

Lars Meyer



Honorary Mention in the International Competition 2016

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.