Film Archive

3 Stolen Cameras

Documentary Film
Spain,
Sweden
2017
17 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
RåFILM Filmmakers Collective, Equipe Media
RåFILM Filmmakers Collective, Equipe Media
Mariem Hassan
RåFILM Filmmakers Collective, Equipe Media
RåFILM Filmmakers Collective, Equipe Media
David Gülich
We don’t see or hear much coming out of Western Sahara. The region was annexed by Morocco in 1979 and the Moroccan occupiers were able to impose an almost complete media blockade since then. For years, activists of the Equipe Media group have been the only ones who covertly film rallies, police brutality and human rights violations and smuggle the material abroad, while they themselves frequently get in the line of fire of the occupation forces.

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.

Memory of the Land

Animated Film
Spain
2017
13 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Samira Badran, Jaume Serra
Samira Badran
Lucas Ariel Vallejos
Oriol Martín Gual
Oriol Martín Gual
Oriol Martín Gual, Pol Cayuela Rull, Alex Guitart
Samira Badran, Oriol Martín Gual
Lucas Ariel Vallejos
In this collage film, the Palestinian artist Samira Badran demonstrates vividly what it means to be confronted by an Israeli checkpoint. A breathtaking accumulation of chains of command, claustrophobic architecture, constant surveillance and the guards’ arbitrariness demonstrates how structural and physical violence combine to become a spiral of aggression. A disconcerting animation, oppressive in its abstraction.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann

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.

Escaping Realities
Morning Cowboy Fernando Pomares

A cowboy and a female astronaut meet in a bar … It starts like a joke but turns out to be the story of a man who hopes to get more out of life than just ordinary routine.

Morning Cowboy

Animated Film
Spain
2016
15 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Alèxia Bas
Fernando Pomares
Jimmie Rodgers
Fernando Pomares
Elena Pomares
Fernando Pomares
Enrique G. Bermejo
A cowboy and a female astronaut meet in a bar … It starts like a joke but turns out to be the story of a man who hopes to get more out of life than just ordinary routine. An unimposing office clerk is looking for a new reality in the cowboy life – a sheriff’s star instead of a tie, a horse instead of a crowded public service bus, a wooden cabin in the prairie instead of endless skyscraper canyons. After some initial difficulties it becomes clear that this is the only life for him. Childhood dreams come true in the light, dreamy pencil sketches of this animation. A final farewell to the daily grind: Yee-haw!

Kim Busch

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.

Password: Fajara

Documentary Film
France,
Spain
2017
17 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Patricia Sánchez Mora, Séverine Sajous
Séverine Sajous, Patricia Sánchez Mora
Chris Blakey
Séverine Sajous
Patricia Sánchez Mora
Óscar Santamaria
Patricia Sánchez, Séverine Sajous
Chris Blakey
Abstract phantoms of trucks cross the screen – we see them moving as bands of light across the top edge the frame. Infrared images of the Jungle near Calais. This is where refugees are waiting in the hope of reaching Great Britain through the Eurotunnel one day. “Fajara” is the Arab word for explosion. But in the Jungle it was a word for: getting through, making it to the other side, arriving. The images become abstract, semantics dissolve. A haunting film about the phantoms of meaning (of words).

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.

The Other Side of the Wall

Documentary Film
Mexico,
Spain
2017
68 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
María Nova López, Emiliano Altuna, Carlos Rossini, Tatiana García
Pau Ortiz
Daniel Hidalgo
María Nova López
Frank Gutiérrez, Pau Ortiz
Carlo Massarelli
Sometimes 13-year-old Rocío suddenly becomes an adult woman worried about the future. This is mostly due to the fact that, together with her 18-year-old brother Alejandro, she has to take care of two younger siblings while their mother is in prison. It’s been more than two years that the teenagers have been holding the family together. But the extreme situation is wearing them out and they quarrel more and more frequently. The battles they fight are both copies of classic arguments between couples (“I’m the only one who tidies the house here!”) and expressions of their inner conflicts. Both want to be capable of handling difficult situations and “carry their own weight”. But especially pubescent Rocío feels, that “my relationship with myself”, as she puts it, has been less than perfect for a while.

This detailed filmic observation shows a family microcosm marked by overextension, but also by great warmth. Both Rocío and Ale use the conversations on camera as moments of reflection – both analysing their own situation with breathtaking precision and realism. This film is also an emphatic declaration of love by director Paul Ortiz to his young protagonists that will stay with the viewer for a long time.

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.

Post-Angst
Zepo César Díaz Meléndez

She just wanted to collect firewood. But then this dark sand animation throws the little girl into the cruel abysses of mankind.

Zepo

Animated Film
Spain
2014
3 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
César Díaz Meléndez
César Díaz Meléndez
César Díaz Meléndez
César Díaz Meléndez
César Díaz Meléndez
César Díaz Meléndez
César Díaz Meléndez
César Díaz Meléndez
She just wanted to collect firewood. But then this dark sand animation throws the little girl into the cruel abysses of mankind.

Franziska Bruckner

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.