With the German premiere of the long animated film “No Dogs or Italians Allowed”, our festival was opened on Monday, 17 October at the CineStar theatre. In the stop-motion film, director Alain Ughetto traces the lives of his grandparents from Northern Italy to their migration to France in the first half of the 20th century. Parallel to the opening event the film was shown at Leipzig Central Station. Both screenings were introduced by a conversation between Alain Ughetto and festival director Christoph Terhechte.
Saxon State Minister for Culture and Tourism Barbara Klepsch spoke at the festival opening and emphasised the importance of the festival as an in-person event: “Especially after the two difficult years for culture due to the Corona pandemic, it's even more meaningful that direct encounters and exchanges are possible again on site.”
Leipzig Mayor Burkhard Jung sent his greetings via video message: “Many interesting insights, discussions and clear political commitments — that's what I wish for to achieve open diversity and ultimately also peace in this world, which the DOK festival dove also represents.”
In his speech, Christoph Terhechte referenced the current protests in Iran and expressed DOK Leipzig’s solidarity “with the courageous women in Iran and all those who finally have the prospect of shaking off decades of oppression and asserting elementary human rights. DOK Leipzig, too, stands for these values.”
This year’s Saxon Award for the Best Documentary Project by a Female Director, endowed with 5,000 euros and donated by the Saxon State Minister for Culture and Tourism, went to Ukrainian filmmaker Svitlana Lishchynska for her project “A Bit Of A Stranger”. She follows her family from Mariupol which has lost its national identity due to the long-term imperial policy of Moscow and are currently facing the Russian war of aggression. Projects by female directors selected for the DOK Co-Pro Market were eligible for the award.
Read more in our press release.