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Homage Tan Pin Pin
To Singapore, with Love Tan Pin Pin

All protagonists of this film have a similar story of political persecution, systematically suppressed at home by the Singaporean state – which also banned this film.

To Singapore, with Love

Documentary Film
2013
70 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Tan Pin Pin
Tan Pin Pin
Tan Pin Pin
Delcie Poh
“T’was the 15th of February at dead of the night. They kept knocking and banging my door. I slipped quietly away but the others could not. And I know that I’d see them no more. They had taken so many, how many I know not. Well, there’s Maha and Mike and Samy and there’s Jing Quee and others, the brave and the tall. And they’re once more behind Changi wall …“

This song was written by Francis Khoo, the deceased husband of the physician Ang Swee Chai, who followed him into political exile in England. All protagonists of this film have a similar story of political persecution, systematically suppressed at home by the Singaporean state – which also banned this film.

Olaf Möller

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.

6 Degrees

Documentary Film
2013
84 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Anna Wydra, Izabela Łopuch, Tomasz Tokarski
Bartosz Dombrowski
Wojtek Zieliński
Izabela Pająk, Mateusz Romaszkan
Bartosz Dombrowski
Błażej Kafarski
The world is full of secrets. Or did you know the theory that says that every human being on earth is connected to every other human being by six degrees of separation? But why theory? Bartosz Dombrowski puts it to the test and invites the audience on a very special kind of road movie: getting from a randomly chosen female punk musician in Warsaw to a randomly chosen Mexican peasant via a maximum of six contacts. How this works? The musician sends the crew to a punk veteran in London, who sends them to a family therapist in Miami, who knows the campaign manager of a Mexican presidential candidate in Mexico City etc. Every contact reduces the distance to Marco, the Mexican peasant and goal of all efforts. But this story would be no more than an entertaining global treasure hunt if the director did not use the superficial search as an entry point into the various lives and stories of his random protagonists. This level has a surprising effect: we discover ourselves. These people could be living in my town. Their experiences and stories are familiar, since they are based on a universal cultural code that connects us all as brothers and sisters.

Matthias Heeder

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.

A Diary of a Journey

Documentary Film
2013
52 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Anna Gawlita
Piotr Stasik
Motion Trio
Piotr Stasik, Tomasz Wolski
Piotr Stasik, Tomasz Wolski
Tadeusz has devoted his life to photography, especially photo reportages. Now he has grown old and passes on his art to Michal, a highly motivated 15-year-old. They go on a trip together, travelling through Polish villages in their van with the built-in dark chamber, portraying the people they meet. Their black-and-white photos add up to a visual travel diary. Piotr Stasik has found his own poetic way of capturing the work of Tadeusz Rolke, who used to work for “Spiegel” and “Stern”: as a documentary road movie that also seems to be a trip through time. From the start this enterprise radiates an old-fashioned quality. And this is not just about the good old analogue image. When the developed photos are strung across the empty market square on a clothesline, they enable simple encounters that could never happen on Facebook. But it’s the encounter between old and young that’s at the centre here. The master and his pupil form an unconventional team whose roles are occasionally reversed. What Tadeusz missed in life, Michal still has a chance to catch up on. And so this film ultimately tells the story of a journey through life. No lack of big issues here, but the light touch with which they are compiled really makes the difference. While the magic of a summer is superimposed over everything.

Lars Meyer

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.

Deep Love

Documentary Film
2013
84 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Marta Łachacz (Cor Leonis Production), Anna Wydra (Otter Films)
Jan P. Matuszyński
Atanas Valkov
Kacper Fertacz
Przemysław Chruścielewski
Jan P. Matuszyński
Marcin Lenarczyk, Franciszek Kozłowski
A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do. And if he’s got to go down 100 metres, 98 metres will just not do. Janusz is the embodiment of the type of man who must run his head against a wall to live his passion, even at the risk of death. Even a stroke three years ago does not prevent him from preparing for the next challenge. On the contrary, he and his diving partner are toying with the dangerous idea that he might be able to return to his old life underwater: getting back control of his body mechanics and language. This alone might be enough for the story of an incorrigible extreme athlete. But the real drama is not enacted by Janusz, but by his girlfriend Joanna. As a diving therapist she understands, as a girlfriend she is afraid for him. She fights him for every metreof depth. It is a desperate struggle for responsibility, moderation, a love that can be lived. This film could be viewed from many angles. You could see Janusz as a typical male adventurer, or an egotist – or as someone who has become a projection surface for the people around him because he cannot express his thoughts any more. Maybe it’s not him, but the group of experts around him who want to prove something. Only one thing becomes increasingly clear: the whole burden is left to be carried by the women. Where are their limits?

Lars Meyer

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.

Domestic Karaoke

Documentary Film
2013
35 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Inès Rabadán
Inès Rabadán
Alice Vande Voorde, Vera Cavallin
Olan Bowland
Inès Rabadán
Inès Rabadán
Thibaut Darscotte
A documentary experiment: six women, three housemaids and three employers, who discuss housework and hierarchies, respect and social status, habits and dreams in front of different-coloured backgrounds (red, blue and yellow). Fragmented tales of work and family circumstances make the viewer create their own montage in their heads. Biographies crystallize in front of their inner eye.
All six women, aged between 35 and 64, are played by the filmmaker Inès Rabadán herself. Costumes and masks are identical, so the women whose stories we share are neither marked as representatives of their class (or profession) nor as individual personalities. We hear (and experience!) only their voices and see the actor-director’s magnificent appropriation of their respective personalities through lip-synching and miming. It seems as if Inès Rabadán translated Brecht’s theoretical scepticism of the reliability of simple documentary representation into visual practice: “A recording of the Krupp works or AEG yields almost nothing about these institutes. Actual reality has slipped into the functional. To achieve truth, something must be constructed, something artificial, staged.”

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.

Father and Son

Documentary Film
2013
54 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Paweł Łoziński
Paweł Łoziński
Paweł Łoziński, Marcel Łoziński
Przemysław Chruścielewski
By the time they’re 15 most people don’t travel with their parents any more. If they do, they have good reasons. Especially when one’s father is one of the most important Polish documentary film directors, whose open, invasive style initiated a school of its own, influenced generations of filmmakers and threw a large shadow over the son’s artistic practice (both are Leipzig award winners, by the way).

Paweł Łozinski invites Marcel, Łozinski senior, to an undertaking in the spirit of his father’s documentary method – provoking reality and seeing what happens: to take a trip West in a minivan, from their Polish home to the French roots of his Jewish father. The route alone is full of snares. And so their conversations go back not just to Paweł’s childhood, which he considers a failed experiment in anti-authoritarian ’68 education, but to the preceding generation, the Résistance and the Holocaust. As they ceaselessly polish glasses and windowpanes at rest areas and camping grounds, they struggle for clarity in their dialogues, too: about family, love, old age, traumata, responsibility, and forgiveness. Some questions remain open. But it’s clear that the shared journey leads to new places when parents grow old. The story of father and son has no happy end. But it is full of moments like the one when the father calls his ice cream-eating son “my little boy”. You can’t ask for more than that.

Grit Lemke

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 Future

Animated Film
2013
2 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Alex Goddard
Alex Goddard
Alex Goddard
It’s flying, it’s flying … the whole future! A lightly drawn homage to different science fiction concepts that will have everyone in tears of laughter.

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.

The Missing Picture

Documentary Film
2013
96 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Catherine Dussart, Rithy Panh
Rithy Panh
Marc Marder
Prum Mésa
Marie-Christine Rougerie, Rithy Panh
Rithy Panh
Eric Tisserand
Prum Mésa
Christophe Bataille
Painted clay figures perform scenes of everyday horror under the Khmer Rouge. Cambodian director Rithy Panh contrasts this theatre with propaganda and original newsreels. Friction arises but also paradoxically a miraculous magic that is able to salvage humanity in the stylisation of monstrosity.

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.

Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body

Documentary Film
2013
62 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Marta Popivoda
Christian Obermaier, Jakov Munižaba
Nataša Damnjanović
Ana Vujanović, Marta Popivoda
Jakov Munižaba
An essay film that explores how ideology staged itself in the public space of former Yugoslavia through mass choreography.

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.

Anal Juke. Anal Juice

Animated Film
2013
3 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Sawako Kabuki (Tama University)
Sawako Kabuki
Seinosuke Saeki
Sawako Kabuki
Sawako Kabuki
Sawako Kabuki
Fukushima and a broken heart lead to a meltdown of body and mind. Using colour and speed to maximum effect, Sawaku Kabuki gives her female protagonist extravagant acrobatic skills and lets her get even with her ex boyfriend. Fuck him!

Ines Seifert

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.

Backward Run

Animated Film
2013
4 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Les Valseurs
Ayce Kartal
Ayce Kartal
Ayce Kartal
In 2013, millions of people took to the streets to speak out against the Turkish government, which responded with excessive violence. Entirely drawn by hand and completed in the midst of the protests, “Backward Run” is a diary of this extraordinary struggle for justice and freedom amid the eerie silence of mainstream media.

Özge Calafato

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.

Disobedient Images
Invocation Robert Morgan

The birth of an animation figure, without metaphorical frills. For Robert Morgan, single frames take over the function of sperms and inseminate the camera.

Invocation

Animated Film
2013
3 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Swartz Can Talk
Robert Morgan
ZnO
Robert Morgan
Robert Morgan
Robert Morgan
ZnO
The birth of an animation figure, without metaphorical frills. For Robert Morgan, single frames take over the function of sperms and inseminate the camera. An organism grows and is flung out into the world. The ordinary, slippery horror of a puppet animation shoot.

Ines Seifert

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.

S.P.A.R.T.A. – The Territory of Happiness

Documentary Film
2013
56 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Marina Razbezhkina
Anna Moiseenko
Anna Moiseenko
Anna Moiseenko
Yuriy Geddert
The sign above the cowshed proudly reads “Mayakovski”. Cattle in the mud outside. Inside: Lenin, St. Mary, London Tower. A young woman (and altruist) reverently explains the wall newspaper’s organisation chart: the coefficient of every member of the agrarian workers’ commune near Kharkov is measured by lines of poems written per week. Yoga here, piglets there, Boy George over there, next to the TV’s capitalist orgies. All this ideology made her puke once, she says. No surprise. SPARTA consists of slogans (about healthy morals, sacred Russia, approved communism) that are meant to help them over the real post USSR misery and existential vacuum and are supposed to lead – for twenty years already – to a “theory of happiness”. Which they don’t.

Barbara Wurm

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.

Shrove Sunday

Documentary Film
2013
32 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Marina Razbezhkina
Dina Barinova
Dina Barinova
Dina Barinova
Calm, intimate and enigmatic, the film portrays three physically and mentally handicapped siblings. Shura has lived with her twin brothers at close quarters for a long time, quite deliberately: no nursing home, no special care (no social disaster). On Shrove Sunday they sing sacred songs. Inspirited.

Barbara Wurm

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.

Animated Africa
Butoyi Ruth Nduwimana, Adelphine Hatangimana, Jeannette Irakoze, Rose Tangishaka, Gracienne Ndericimpaye, Sophia Ndayishimiye, Délice Hacimana, Ange Izerimana, Claudine Mpwenimana, Médiatrice Niyirema, Elizabeth Mpawenimana, Nesta Nimfasha

Butoyi is a brilliant student. But while her brothers go to school she has to stay at home and help her mom. She dreams of education and independence, but how can a dream like that come true if society does not change?

Butoyi

Animated Film
2013
10 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Jean-Luc Slock
Ruth Nduwimana, Adelphine Hatangimana, Jeannette Irakoze, Rose Tangishaka, Gracienne Ndericimpaye, Sophia Ndayishimiye, Délice Hacimana, Ange Izerimana, Claudine Mpwenimana, Médiatrice Niyirema, Elizabeth Mpawenimana, Nesta Nimfasha
YOYA
Ruth Nduwimana, Adelphine Hatangimana, Jeannette Irakoze, Rose Tangishaka, Gracienne Ndericimpaye, Sophia Ndayishimiye, Délice Hacimana, Ange Izerimana, Claudine Mpwenimana, Médiatrice Niyirema, Elizabeth Mpawenimana, Nesta Nimfasha
Simon Medard, Louise-Marie Colon
Ruth Nduwimana, Adelphine Hatangimana, Jeannette Irakoze, Rose Tangishaka, Gracienne Ndericimpaye, Sophia Ndayishimiye, Délice Hacimana, Ange Izerimana, Claudine Mpwenimana, Médiatrice Niyirema, Elizabeth Mpawenimana, Nesta Nimfasha
Ruth Nduwimana, Adelphine Hatangimana, Jeannette Irakoze, Rose Tangishaka, Gracienne Ndericimpaye, Sophia Ndayishimiye, Délice Hacimana, Ange Izerimana, Claudine Mpwenimana, Médiatrice Niyirema, Elizabeth Mpawenimana, Nesta Nimfasha
Ruth Nduwimana, Adelphine Hatangimana, Jeannette Irakoze, Rose Tangishaka, Gracienne Ndericimpaye, Sophia Ndayishimiye, Délice Hacimana, Ange Izerimana, Claudine Mpwenimana, Médiatrice Niyirema, Elizabeth Mpawenimana, Nesta Nimfasha
Butoyi is a brilliant student. But while her brothers go to school she has to stay at home and help her mom. She dreams of education and independence, but how can a dream like that come true if society does not change? Made by twelve girls from Burundi in a workshop organised by the Belgium based association Camera-etc.

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.

Colors

Animated Film
2013
6 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Kido, Mamie – Studio Cid
Tojosoa Andoniaina Andrianarison
Tojosoa Andoniaina Andrianarison
Harilalaina Andrianjatovo
Cid
Narinda Raharijaona, Mirantsoa Raharijaona
Thanks to a few kids, a young girl discovers that the world is living in a lie where people are denied colours.

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.