DOKUFEST XV ANNOUNCES FULL SLATE + FESTIVAL THEME!
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Prizren, 14 July 2016 – DokuFest announced today full slate of films for its 15th, jubilee edition, running from August 5 – 13 in the city of Prizren, Kosovo. Culled from yet another year of record number of submissions, festival will showcase a selection of 238 films from 57 countries across 6 competitive sections and more than a dozen specially curated programs.
Competitions are at the heart of the program and this year’s selection sees a number of outstanding work of non-fiction cinema, as well as a great array of short fictions and experimental cinema, heading to the charming city of Prizren and its celebrated open-air cinemas.
Corruption is central theme of the festival this year and its local, as well as global social context and consequences, will be highlighted and explored through a number of events, including panels, discussions with filmmakers and invited international and local experts, workshops and tech conference. A hand picked film program focusing on the issue of Corruption as well as two other phenomena that go hand in hand with it, Power and Lies, has been specially curated to coincide with the theme.
Continuing his collaboration with DokuFest, Bafta winning filmmaker Daniel Mulloy have created yet another striking visual campaign to match with this year’s theme.
View From The World, carefully curated non-competitive section of the festival will once again bring some of biggest films of the year to Prizren, including Sundance, Berlinale and SXSW winners while Pamela Cohn’s now continuous exploration of music documentary landscape in Magical Substance: Music on Film promises exciting viewing and sensory experience to whoever surrenders to it.
Festival will pay tribute to a great master of Iranian and world cinema Abbas Kiarostami, who died on June 22 of this year, with the screening of his seminal film Taste of Cherry. Festival will also pay homage to Chantal Akerman, another great master of cinema who sadly passed away last year, with the screening of her latest film No Home Movie as well as with the screening of restored version of her masterpiece Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels. An interview with Akerman, filmed several months before her death by Bosnian artist and filmmaker Ibro Hasanovic and on the occasion of Akerman’s visit to Kosovo, will also be screened.
Oscar nominated shorts, films on Internet, on mass shootings in USA and suicide cliff in Japan and on plights of immigrants trying to reach Europe are all part of this year’s jubilee edition program. Plus many more that we are eager to share with our audience!
“DokuFest is celebrating its 15th birthday with yet another eclectic selection of films. We hope they will amaze, move and surprise you as much as they did us,” says Veton Nurkollari, Artistic Director of DokuFest. “We are delighted to be able to present works of such high quality, both from emerging filmmakers and masters of the craft in this anniversary edition”.