Film Archive

Kids DOK
1 Minute of Nature – Birds of Prey Stefanie Visjager, Katinka Baehr

Lizzy has some very special pets. Alba the striped owl is her favourite among the four birds of prey and occasionally gets to ride on the handlebars of Lizzy’s bicycle.

2016

1 Minute of Nature – Birds of Prey

Animadoc
Netherlands
2016
1 minute
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Stefanie Visjager
Stefanie Visjager, Katinka Baehr
Lotte van Dijck
Kris Kobes
Tjitske Mussche
Tjitske Mussche, Arno Peeters
Lizzy has some very special pets. Alba the striped owl is her favourite among the four birds of prey and occasionally gets to ride on the handlebars of Lizzy’s bicycle.

Lina Dinkla

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.

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1 Minute of Nature – Blackbird Stefanie Visjager, Katinka Baehr

Kasper has taken in a young blackbird and nursed it until it was able to fly.

2016

1 Minute of Nature – Blackbird

Animadoc
Netherlands
2016
1 minute
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Stefanie Visjager
Stefanie Visjager, Katinka Baehr
Lotte van Dijck
Kris Kobes
Bente Hamel
Bente Hamel
Kasper has taken in a young blackbird and nursed it until it was able to fly. He tells us what it’s like to have to say goodbye.

Lina Dinkla

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.

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1 Minute of Nature – Boxing Stefanie Visjager, Katinka Baehr

Geertje knows how to box and occasionally teaches boys who make trouble a lesson.

2016

1 Minute of Nature – Boxing

Animadoc
Netherlands
2016
1 minute
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Stefanie Visjager
Stefanie Visjager, Katinka Baehr
Lotte van Dijck
Kris Kobes
Laura Stek
Laura Stek, Arno Peeters
Geertje knows how to box and occasionally teaches boys who make trouble a lesson. They should learn that girls can be stronger than they are.

Lina Dinkla

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.

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1 Minute of Nature – Squirrel Spot Stefanie Visjager, Katinka Baehr

Victor has discovered that he can watch a squirrel from his window.

2016

1 Minute of Nature – Squirrel Spot

Animadoc
Netherlands
2016
1 minute
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Stefanie Visjager
Stefanie Visjager, Katinka Baehr
Lotte van Dijck
Kris Kobes
Maartje Duin
Maartje Duin, Arno Peeters
Victor has discovered that he can watch a squirrel from his window. It’s quite trusting and he’s thinking about giving it a name.

Lina Dinkla

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.

International Programme
An Unforgettable Farewell Cláudio de Oliveira Marques

Dark thoughts lie over this film like fog over a city. You can’t look through them, you can’t touch them. Suicide and the life that led up to it, the grief that follows and the suicide note read aloud

An Unforgettable Farewell

Documentary Film
Netherlands
2017
23 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Denise van den Hoek, Bente Mars
Cláudio de Oliveira Marques
Maryna Boiko
Michel Rosendaal
Nikki Gorissen
Ruben Dekker, Karlijn Hendriksen
Dark thoughts lie over this film like fog over a city. You can’t look through them, you can’t touch them. Suicide and the life that led up to it, the grief that follows and the suicide note read aloud – in intimate conversations with concerned persons and surviving friends and family members, Cláudio de Oliveira Marques looks for ways to make such extremes communicable. Could they have known? Should they have known? And, most of all: would they have wanted to know?

Lukas Stern

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.

City of the Sun

Documentary Film
Georgia,
Netherlands,
Qatar,
USA
2017
100 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Dea Kulumbegashvili, Rati Oneli, Jim Stark
Rati Oneli
Arseni Khachaturan
Ramiro Suárez
Dea Kulumbegashvili, Rati Oneli
Sonia Matrosova, Alexey Kobzar
Chiatura once set the pulse of the times. With the biggest manganese mine in the world, the city was a motor of the Soviet heavy industry. When Rati Oneli arrives, those days are over. Few things are moving, except for his camera which moves to capture a wide screen shot. Or perhaps there are: the minds and bodies of a music teacher, a miner and two young female athletes who persevere in what has become a ghost town. Oneli combines their portraits in a thrilling atmospheric tale that invokes the Georgian national epic and is enriched by suggestive music, giving a narrative form to his long film debut that at least gets the documentary elements flowing.

Zaza Rusadze

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.

Genderblend

Documentary Film
Netherlands
2017
68 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Olivia Sophie van Leeuwen
Sophie Dros
Reinier van Harten
Boas van Milligen Bielke
Erik ten Brinke
Job Michel, Gijs den Hartogh
Gender benders subvert dual gender images and refuse to be classified by the traditional categories of male and female. Each of the five protagonists in Sophie Dros’s light-footed documentary has already taken the first step out of this convention and all are about to discover their own identity outside the norm. Confronted by reactions varying between incomprehension, interest and open aversion they waver between defiance, doubt and enthusiasm about every step that follows. Finally, each of them manages to come a little closer to themselves. Even when the world around them – despite its curiosity – isn’t always ready to follow.

Sophie Dros asks Lisa, Anne, Dennis, Lashawn and Selm about their experiences and dreams and creates enough space to let their different stories unfold on the narrative and visual level. While the football-playing twins Lisa and Anne seem impressively at ease with themselves, Dennis, Selm and Lashawn have to deal with the fact that other peoples’ perception of them differs from how they perceive themselves. They share these desires and contradictions with us. “Genderblend” celebrates them and their fight for a society in which gender no longer means two juxtaposed ideals but an individual and unique construction that encompasses both.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann


Nominated for Young Eyes Film Award

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.

Greetings from Aleppo

Documentary Film
Netherlands,
Syria
2017
17 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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Jos de Putter, Bas Vroege
Issa Touma, Floor van der Meulen, Thomas Vroege
Darius Timmer
Issa Touma
Floor van der Meulen, Thomas Vroege
Tom Jansen
The Syrian photographer Issa Touma travels from Europe to his native city of Aleppo, visiting his family, old friends and students who still live there. It’s a film about the daily life and art of survival in the face of war and destruction, about the tragedy and absurdity of life in an extreme situation. Above all, it brings home with horrifying clarity how little the news images correspond to the real life and goings-on in Aleppo.

Frederik Lang

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.

Hello Salaam

Documentary Film
Netherlands
2017
15 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Hasse van Nunen, Renko Douze
Kim Brand
Reinout Steenhuizen
Luuk van Stegeren
Jillis Schriel, Lennart Kleinen, Alan van Ramshorst
Sil and Merlijn want to know what a refugee camp looks like. They fly to Lesbos to learn how the kids there spend their days.

Lina Dinkla

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.

Jesser and the Sugarcane

Documentary Film
Netherlands
2016
15 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Kiyomi Moin
Godelieve Eijsink
Pierre Rezus
Caitlin Hulscher
Jairo González
Jesser loves all plants except sugarcane – working on the plantation has made his father ill. Now Jesser must make the vegetable garden all by himself.

Lina Dinkla

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.

Love Is Potatoes

Documentary Film
Netherlands
2017
90 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Frank van den Engel
Aliona van der Horst
Stefano Sasso
Aliona van der Horst, Maasja Ooms
Maasja Ooms, Ollie Huddleston, Aliona van der Horst
Simone Massi
Aliona van der Horst
Tim van Peppen
A cheerful woman exercises on the balcony. Paper is burnt in the snow. A whole room full of worn shoes. The house is bursting with souvenirs, details, whose meaning is elusive – or lost forever. One day the Dutch filmmaker Aliona van der Horst’s mother met a Dutch man, married him and left Russia. Only when van der Horst receives her inheritance – a dilapidated wooden house somewhere in Russia – does she take a closer look at her mother’s, and her mother’s mother’s background and that of the latter’s five daughters.

Intercut with Italian artist Simone Massi’s powerful animations, “Love Is Potatoes” brings a dark chapter of Soviet Russian history to life, faced in various ways by those affected. Dismissal and denial are among their strategies, but also a written approach by letters. This film is informed by great pain. Nonetheless, the director never yields to the temptation to turn it into a showpiece. In a well-composed and measured way she brings together elements that often seem like pieces of a puzzle.

Carolin Weidner



Honorary Mention in the International Competition
Prize of the Interreligious Jury

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.

International Programme
Melanie Susanne Helmer

The picture of a model wearing a drying hood triggers a search for traces: who was the unknown woman? Research and speculation lead to questions about the representation of reality and fiction.

Melanie

Documentary Film
Netherlands
2016
73 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Susanne Helmer (Shelmerfilm Amsterdam)
Susanne Helmer
Rik Zaal
Susanne Helmer
Susanne Helmer
Susanne Helmer
Susanne Helmer, Wiebe de Boer
“Once upon a time there was this woman whose picture was taken while she was wearing a drying hood.” At a flea market in the Sauerland the German-Dutch filmmaker Susanne Helmer stumbles on the box of a 1970s drying hood. The model pictured there looks young and shy – “not as if it were her aim in life, being a model.” Starting from this accidental encounter she sets out on a quest for the real or possible biography of the unknown woman.

“Melanie” mixes documentary research and a parallel plot of speculations and projections. Family pictures, re-enactments and sound fragments from feature films write a trivial photo and movie novel – with smugness and camp running into each other. Scenes from a marriage or the story of a privileged life as a dropout? In addition to asking about the representation of reality and fiction, the film takes a firmly aesthetic look at the society of the German Federal Republic in the 1970s and 80s: at advertising, living and consumer culture and the gender relations reflected by them.

Esther Buss

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.

Naomi’s Secret

Documentary Film
Netherlands
2016
16 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Anja Cloosterman
Saskia Gubbels
Lennart Kleinen, Alan van Ramshorst
Myrthe Mosterman
Maasja Ooms, Erik Disselhoff
Wiep Teeuwisse
Saskia Gubbels
Carla van der Meijs
Naomi has a secret. She rarely sees her mother because the latter lives in a psychiatric hospital. She wants Sam, her best friend, to finally meet her mother.

Lina Dinkla

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.

Oblivion

Documentary Film
Germany,
Netherlands
2008
93 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Carmen Cobos
Heddy Honigmann
Adri Schrover
Danniel Danniel, Jessica de Koning
Heddy Honigmann, Judith Vreriks, Sonia Goldenberg
Pjotr van Dijk
A country is given a face, or better, a variety of faces: Peru. Director Heddy Honigmann has looked for encounters with a number of people whom one would normally call 'average people', but who, seen through her camera, grow into fantastic and likeable personalities.

Ralph Eue

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.

Sabaku

Animated Film
Netherlands
2016
3 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Roel Oude Nijhuis, Gijs Kerbosch, Gijs Determeijer (Halal)
Marlies van der Wel
Sjam Sjamsoedin
Flip van der Kuil
Marlies van der Wel
Marlies van der Wel, Ruben Picavet
Bob Kommer Studio’s
It’s not easy to find the perfect partner, especially if you’re a bird with an elephant’s voice. Luckily, the elephant doesn’t care.

Lina Dinkla

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.