02 – 10 August 2019
Edition XVIII

02 – 10 August 2019
Edition XVIII

RADICAL REFLECTIONS

July 17th, 2018

We are pleased to announce our special program Radical Reflections which will feature six films for the upcoming edition of the festival, taking place from 3 to 11 of August in Prizren, Kosovo.

In Radical Reflections DokuFest brings a selection of films looking at some of the most pressing issues of today, from the rise of right-wing populism and religious extremism in Europe to omni present xenophobia in Israeli settlement. A bizarre event from 1939 celebrating rise of Nazism is brilliantly captured in one of the most frightening films showing at the festival.

A Night at the Garden is a film by Marshall Curry about an event largely forgotten from American history. In 1939, 20,000 Americans rallied in New York’s Madison Square Garden to celebrate the rise of Nazism. The film uses striking archival fragments recorded that night to transport modern audiences into this gathering and shine a light on the disturbing fallibility of seemingly decent people.

Nora Mandray’s Dancing with Le Pen, is the story of the three supporters  of the right-wing candidate in France’s last presidential election, Marine Le Pen who won over 30 percent of the vote after an attempt to rebrand the party. The supporters faced similar obstacles in changing the narrative.

Reflecting on her very own extremist past and the stories of the people she meets along her travels, Karen Winther walks us through how she arrived at her own “wake-up call” in EXIT. The film is about former right-wing extremists who made the leap to leave their movement. They are now forced to live isolated lives in hiding due to their dangerous pasts

Unsettling – the story about Tekoa, a trendy hippie colony for Israeli settlers on the West Bank, where none of the controversial residents want to speak to the media. From the moment the director Iris Zaki arrives, tension fills the air. Eventually, some agree to talk to her. From a woman who in the middle of an interview admits to being a fascist, to another who has survived a knife attack by a young Palestinian – and has forgiven him.

In Voices from Within, Lum Çitaku brings together stories of two Kosovar women whose husbands have gone to fight in Syria, and who are still not ready to be identified, mostly out of concern for their families and children. They confide mainly in other women who have gone through the same experience and are now the sole providers for their families.

Jan Gerbert in When the War Comes tells the story of  Peter, who lives a seemingly happy life. He drives a new white SUV, has a pretty girlfriend and recently enrolled at university. However, his real life is elsewhere – as the head of a paramilitary called “Slovenskí branci” that recruits hundreds of Slovak teenagers with the silent approval of the authorities. The group’s goal is simple – to create a model totalitarian community based on military drill, obedience and fear.