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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

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.

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

Documentary Film
1990
15 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
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

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.

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

Documentary Film
1989
28 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
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

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.

Kids DOK
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
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
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

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.

Kids DOK
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

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.

Kids DOK
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
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
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

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.

Andes Uprising, a Buffer City Re-Inventing Itself Through Architecture

Documentary Film
2019
14 minutes
subtitles: 
English
German
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Bernardo Villagra Meruvia
Bernardo Villagra Meruvia
Bernardo Villagra Meruvia
El Alto, Bolivia, is growing fast – wild, but not shapeless. An investigation into urban aesthetics comes across the Cholets: miniature palaces which serve as residential and business premises for wealthy indigenous Aymara families. The colourful, shining constructions may resemble spaceships lost in the urban wastelands. But a double movement of expert commentary and city symphony lays bare the social foundations of this eclectic architecture.

Lukas Foerster

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.

Retrospective
Aus dem Alltag in der DDR: Dritter Versuch einer Rekonstruktion Carlheinz Caspari

Re-enactments (complete with ideological background) of current events in the GDR for FRG television.

Aus dem Alltag in der DDR: Dritter Versuch einer Rekonstruktion

Documentary Film
1971
88 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
NDR
Carlheinz Caspari
Walter Fehdmer, Günter Selbach
Wolfgang Skerhutt
Joachim Zweinert
Christian Dreyer
Re-enactments (complete with ideological background) of current events in the GDR for FRG television: prime time in the Cold War.

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.

Aus eigener Kraft

Documentary Film
1954
78 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Franz Schroedter-Studio KG
Franz Schroedter
Alois Melichar
Fritz Arno Wagner, Karl Löb, Wolf Göthe
Wolfgang Wehrum
Dörte Harms, Franz Schroedter
Ewald Otto, Robert Fehrmann
Hans Nielsen
Photo: Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft | About the reconstruction of Wolfsburg and the Volkswagen factory.

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.

International Programme
Autobahn Daniel Abma

Traffic on the B 61 through the spa town of Bad Oeynhausen is permanently gridlocked. The promised cure is a bypass whose construction is documented here: with residents and passers-by.

Autobahn

Documentary Film
2019
85 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Niklas Burghardt, Johannes Wöpkemeier
Daniel Abma
Henning Fuchs
David Schittek
Momas Schütze
Daniel Abma
Malte Eiben
The spa town of Bad Oeynhausen: Every day, thousands of trucks roll through the city centre and over the B 61 federal road which connects the A 2 and A 30 motorways, respectively Warsaw and Rotterdam. When the threat of losing its status as a health resort looms on the horizon, which means losing the inviting title of “Bad”, something has to change: A bypass is to be built.

Over a period of eight years, the film documents the gridlocked traffic at this bottleneck, the efforts of the mayor, police, fire brigade and construction companies, the delays in the construction of the northern bypass and above all the reactions of the affected residents. The latter look forward to some quiet and relief – or will soon have the motorway right in front of their door. The long-term documentation focuses less on the large-scale infrastructural measures than on their consequences for the people living by the roadside. Other stories are “picked up” there with a fine instinct for unusual characters and leaving lots of space for their personalities and quirks. These include the local tradition of counting trucks on the federal road or the construction site as well as taking a walk or jogging on the long unfinished section of the road.

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.

Bekar Evi – Das Junggesellenhaus

Documentary Film
2019
76 minutes
subtitles: 
English
German
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Dirk Schäfer
Dirk Schäfer
Deborah Wargon
Nikola Krivokuca
Dirk Schäfer
Metin Bozkurt
Life is no picnic, especially not for a Kurdish bachelor in Istanbul. Seven single seasonal workers from Eastern Anatolia live in a dilapidated house in the metropolis. The men from two generations form an unusual flat sharing community. They live and sleep at extremely close quarters, sharing a single shower, which occasionally leads to heated arguments: typical flat share disputes about doing the dishes or tidying up. The older among them settle them with fatherly authority.

The protagonists talk about their origins and dreams. The German filmmaker Dirk Schäfer, who has lived in Istanbul for a long time, interweaves their poetic descriptions with sensitive observations of their partnership of convenience. Experiences of social discrimination and chicanery leave their traces, but humour and friendship make their life easier – or, as one of the “bachelors” puts it with a touch of humour: Now he is a street seller of Ottoman sugar paste to lend some sweetness to his life.

Annina Wettstein

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
Brand Jan Koester, Alexander Lahl

Markus is the Honorary Mayor of Tröglitz. Together with his wife, he campaigns for taking in forty refugees in 2015. That’s when “his” commune suddenly shows a strange and ugly face.

Brand

Animated Film
2019
5 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Max Mönch
Jan Koester, Alexander Lahl
Hannes Schulze
Jan Koester
Jan Koester
Jan Koester
Elise Landschek
Hannes Schulze
Markus is Honorary Mayor in Saxony-Anhalt. In 2015, he and his wife commit themselves to providing shelter for forty refugees. Then “his” commune of Tröglitz takes on a strange visage: The population is disturbingly polarised and suddenly the refugee home is on fire. This animated documentary tries to understand what happened. Dark hatchings and shadings are contrasted with idyllic watercolour landscapes and bear witness to things that are lost and things that must be resolved.

Nadja Rademacher

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.

Bread, Revenge?

Documentary Film
2019
76 minutes
subtitles: 
English
German
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Stefan Hayn (Stefan Hayn Filme und Malerei)
Stefan Hayn
Till Megerle
Stefan Hayn
Stefan Hayn
Klaus Barm
In 1944, the French resistance fighter Robert Antelme was captured by the Germans. He was taken to Gandersheim, a satellite camp of the Buchenwald concentration camp. In the last months of the Second World War, Antelme got to experience the whole extent of dehumanisation under National Socialist tyranny. Soon after his liberation he wrote the book “The Human Race” about it, which today is a classic of coming to terms with the past.

Stefan Hayn already dealt with Antelme in his film “Straub” (2014). Now he examines in more detail a series of texts which contributed to the post-war debate about how to deal with German guilt. Hayn calls his film a “lecture filmée” in the opening credits, a “filmed reading”. It is of crucial importance that the texts (including reflections on a theft of bread among prisoners) are present in the French original, even if recited by German native speakers. Different forms of “reading” that culminate in a sketch-like scenic re-enactment are interlaced with contemporary shots of memorial sites today to form a multi-layered film essay, historical-political in the best sense.

Bert Rebhandl

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.

Brücke über den Strom

Documentary Film
1969
21 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Amateurfilmclub Frankfurt an der Oder
Manfred Kern
Detlev Mohr
Manfred Kern
The border town of Frankfurt on the Oder is portrayed as symbolising central issues of a design of society and the state under socialist auspices. The division of labour in the assembly line production at a semiconductor plant testifies to the transformation from agricultural to industrial economy. Anyone living in the GDR was expected, according to its self-conception as a civic collective, to contribute to this progress by a disciplined, committed and, for women, emancipated lifestyle. In foreign policy, the workers’ and peasants’ state stood for reconciliation with its Eastern neighbour, Poland. The collaboration of Polish and German female workers in the semiconductor plant illustrates this mission.

Konstantin Wiesinger

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.

Animation Perspectives
Call of Beauty Brenda Lien

“Gloria Kosmetika” – radiant and confident, two women promote cosmetic products on their video channel, along the lines of: You’re naturally beautiful, but there’s room for improvement.

Call of Beauty

Animated Film
2016
9 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Brenda Lien
Brenda Lien
Brenda Lien
Lena Reidt, Brenda Lien
Brenda Lien
Brenda Lien
Brenda Lien
Laura Krestan, Kim Lotte Stöber
Anabel Möbius, Lili Ullrich
“Gloria Kosmetika” – radiant and confident, two women promote cosmetic products on their video channel, along the lines of: You’re naturally beautiful, but there’s room for improvement. Backstage and in leisurewear at the editing computer, storms of doubt are coming up: influencer or servant of the machinery? This web space odyssey of the 2010s ends with a trip through an animated product galaxy.

André Eckardt

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.

Call of Comfort

Animated Film
2018
9 minutes
subtitles: 
German
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Brenda Lien
Brenda Lien
Brenda Lien
Brenda Lien, Tim Seger
Brenda Lien
Leonie Link, Julia Merkschien, Brenda Lien
Brenda Lien
Lena Beck, Brenda Lien, Christopher Weingarten
A fixed, subjective camera. Confidentially but resolutely, a young woman leans toward us and begins the personality optimisation treatment. “Update installed”. Immovable, helpless, chipped for the future, all data capitalised. “Accept”. Wellness turns into science fiction horror, cosmetic gold dust into a toxic threat. The belated victory of HAL 9000.

André Eckardt

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.