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After the Silence

Documentary Film
2018
23 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Véronique Duys (Médiadiffusion)
Sonam Larcin
Axel Meernout
Louis Rousseau
Sonam Larcin
Igor Van De Putte, Ferri Van Overstraeten
“Tell me your story” – a request that should please anyone. A difficult one, though, when it’s directed at a young man in a Brussels office who is looking for asylum and has never admitted his homosexuality to anyone in his entire life. But it may also be an opportunity. And a good premise for telling the story in front of a film camera. A film about a slow arrival, in warm tones and tender gestures.

Silvia Hallensleben

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.

DOK Neuland
Aftermath: Euromaidan Alexey Furman, Sergii Polezhaka

This VR documentary reconstructs the events of 20 February 2014 on Kiev’s Independence Square. On that day, fifty people lose their lives when the police open fire on the Euromaidan protesters.

Aftermath: Euromaidan

VR Experience
2019
30 minutes
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Alexey Furman
Alexey Furman, Sergii Polezhaka
DakhaBrakha
Nikita Yurenev
Daria Zubrytska, Yaroslava Drutsa
Sergii Polezhaka, Sergii Korovaynyi
Nikita Bohdanov
Andrii Kulykov, Marko Suprun
Sergii Polezhaka
Kirill Zhylinsky
Anastasia Trepition
Liza Nesterenko, Artem Yudin
Kirill Zhylinsky
This VR documentary reconstructs the events of 20 February 2014 on Kiev’s Independence Square. On that day, fifty people lose their lives when the police open fire on the Euromaidan protesters. Using archive material and 360° interviews, the story unfolds step by step in an environment recreated using CGI and photogrammetry.

Lars Rummel, Marie Hinkelmann

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 Competition Short Film
Am I a Wolf? Amir Houshang Moein

Children perform a puppet theatre version of the fairytale “The Wolf and the Seven Young Goats” and identify strongly with their roles. The boundaries between acting and real life begin to blur.

Am I a Wolf?

Animated Film
2018
8 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
KANOON – Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children & Young Adults
Amir Houshang Moein
Mohamad Jafari
Amir Houshang Moein
Amir Houshang Moein
Amir Houshang Moein
Hosein Ghourchian
Children perform a puppet theatre version of the fairytale of “The Wolf and the Seven Young Goats”. They identify so strongly with their roles that the boundaries between acting and real life begin to blur. In restrained colours, the drawn animation shifts between these levels. For the boy who plays the big bad wolf the performance ends in an emotional borderline experience. This film is based on a collection of poetry by the Iranian children’s and youth book writer Afsaneh Shaban-nejad.

Annina Wettstein



Awarded with a Golden Dove in the International Competition Short Animated Film.

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.

An Islington Resident

Documentary Film
2010
6 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Max Colson
Max Colson
Inkliing
Max Colson
Max Colson
Max Colson
Max Colson
Max Colson devotes a photo series and a short documentary to the London rapper Melanin 9. The black musician is a highly critical observer of how the British hip-hop scene reaffirms media stereotypes. Colson is faced with a similar problem: How can he adequately portray his protagonist in documentary terms?

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.

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.

Arid Zone

Documentary Film
2019
76 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Antônio Junior, Fernanda Pessoa
Fernanda Pessoa
Pedro Santiago
Rodrigo Levy
Germano de Oliveira, Mari Moraga
Fernanda Pessoa
Daniel Turini
Mesa, Arizona, east of Phoenix and about 200 kilometres from the Mexican border, is said to be the most conservative city in the U.S. In 2001, Fernanda Pessoa was an exchange student in Mesa. She was 15 years old at the time. 15 years later she returned, in the weeks before the presidential election won by Donald Trump. Starting with numerous photos of that earlier time, Pessoa searches out people she met as a teenager. She finds a new approach to the United States, is more aware of everything she experiences; after all, she has grown up in the meantime. She conducts an inner dialogue with her former self as she rediscovers this country whose inhabitants are so proud of the fact that it’s theirs: America. The land of firearms and peculiar sports, the land that invented the shopping mall and the Western movie.

Pessoa quotes the philosopher Baudrillard, to whom America seemed like a fiction. With her film, she turns it into an experience of reality that ultimately makes her understand more about her own country: “Our cultural colonialism came to collect the bill.” “Arid Zone” (Arizona) opposes that colonialism with the gentle resistance of precise observation.

Bert Rebhandl



Honorable Mention in the Next Masters Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film.

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.

Army

Documentary Film
2018
90 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Kelvin Kyung Kun Park, Junho Park
Kelvin Kyung Kun Park
Kelvin Kyung Kun Park, David Park
Kelvin Kyung Kun Park, Hein Seok
Paulo Vivacqua
Woochul’s face is running with sweat. Another one of those countless parades during which one is supposed to let the gun in one’s hand dance, following a strict choreography. Eternal drill. Permanent exercises. It’s hot and Woochul’s eyes flash with effort and nerves. The military training that’s compulsory for all young South Koreans lasts two years. Director Kelvin Kyung Kun Park himself is haunted until today by his traumatic time as a recruit. In his film, Woochul turns into an alter ego he uses to reflect on himself and Korean society, including the military system.

Ufos play a role, since these are seen with inordinate frequency by soldiers, a fact Park interprets as the expression of a specific mental state. Religion, too. In “Army”, a Christian K-Pop girl band performs no less than twice to frenetic cheering, calling upon their emotionally softened audience to write to them. How many men may actually do this and hope for an answer? Last, but not least, “Army” is about depression, from which both, director and protagonist, suffer in the course of their service. Kelvin Kyung Kun Park reports (and stays silent) in a basic tone of dry empathy. The film is dedicated to all those who lost their lives during military service.

Carolin Weidner

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.

DOK Neuland
ARTE präsentiert: Der Traum des Cesare Fabian Mrongowius, Nicolas de Leval Jezierski, Floris Asche

In this walk-in film, the perspective chosen determines one’s view of the expressionist and dreamlike scenery.

ARTE präsentiert: Der Traum des Cesare

VR Experience │360° Film
2019
5 minutes
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Fabian Mrongowius (UFA X), Maximilian Peiser (UFA X), Renata Prokurat (Goethe-Institut Warschau), Simon Ofenloch (ZDF/ARTE)
Fabian Mrongowius, Nicolas de Leval Jezierski, Floris Asche
Justin la Valee, Steven Schwalbe, Steve Patua
Nicolas de Leval Jezierski
Frank Govaere
Frank Govaere, Nicolas de Leval Jezierski
Floris Asche
Hans-Georg Reimer
Renata Prokurat, Simon Ofenloch
Nicolas de Leval Jezierski
Frank Govaere
Arkadiusz Jakubik, Jakub Gierszał
Floris Asche, Fabian Mrongowius, Krzysztof Stanisławski, Nicolas de Leval Jezierski
Nicolas de Leval Jezierski, Sebastian Mattukat
Nicolas de Leval Jezierski
Sven Bliedung, Thomas Ebner, Danny Tazelt, Thomas Koch
100 years after the shooting of the silent film “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” ended, the story of the old showman and the somnambulist Cesare is reanimated as a volumetric video by 3D human body reconstruction technology. In this walk-in film, the perspective determines one’s view of the expressionist and dreamlike scenery.

Lars Rummel, Marie Hinkelmann

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.

Asho

Documentary Film
2019
30 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Maryam Najafi
Jafar Najafi
Amir Shahabi
Ahmad Babadi
Huda Arshad Riahi
Saeid Bahrami
Asho knows not only how to deal with goats, he also knows about films. He tries to see at least one a day. His favourite director is Tim Burton. Always on the road (Asho means “eagle”), the Iranian shepherd’s son dreams of being an actor. By his side: his cousin and future wife Pari. Pari thinks that if Asho becomes a star, then so should she. But they both have been for a long time: This is their behind-the-scenes.

Carolin Weidner



Awarded with an Honorable Mention in the International Competition Short Animated and Documentary Film.

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.

Aura

Animated Film
2019
3 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Fabienne Priess
Timm Völkner
Andreas Skandy
Timm Völkner
Timm Völkner, Ryoji Yamada
Timm Völkner
Jan Brett
A voice speaks in very intimate terms to a lifelong, not self-chosen companion. Remarkably creative and precise, Timm Voelkner guides us through a flow from one image to the next, building bridges between the emotional states of a person suffering from classical migraine and the perception disorders in the aura phase. In only two minutes, the film tells a visual and intense tale of life with an often underestimated disorder and of the attempt to get reconciled to it.

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.

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.

Average Happiness

Animated Film
2019
7 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Olivier Zobrist
Maja Gehrig
Joy Frempong
Maja Gehrig, Nora de Baan
Maja Gehrig, Stefan Holaus
Maja Gehrig
Peter Bräker
What starts with a factual Power Point presentation of a data survey about life satisfaction in Europe soon turns into a truly sensual journey. Diagrams break out of their x- and y-axes. Colourful columns, circles and lines become actors in infographic landscapes, behaving more and more euphorically: Age pyramids dance, bars merge into figures and rise together to a climax. An orgiastic world of statistics, who would have thought!

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.

DOK Neuland
Ayahuasca – Kosmik Journey Jan Kounen

Guided by the meditative chants of a virtual Shipibo healer we embark on an inner journey. Kaleidoscopic visions create a meditative state whose intensity is heavily dependent on our level of attention.

Ayahuasca – Kosmik Journey

VR Experience
2019
18 minutes
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Antoine Cayrol (Atlas V), Marion Guth (a_BAHN), François Le Gall (a_BAHN), Vincent Guttmann (small)
Jan Kounen
Small by Mac Guff
Jan Kounen
Nicolas Becker
Jan Kounen, Guillermo Arévalo
Guided by the meditative chants of a virtual Shipibo healer we embark on an inner journey. Our companions are snakes, beetles and scorpions. The destination of our journey is a world that seems to be pure geometry. Kaleidoscopic visions create a meditative state whose intensity is heavily dependent on our level of attention.

Lars Rummel, Marie Hinkelmann

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.