04-12 AUGUST / PRIZREN, KOSOVO

 

04-12 AUGUST / PRIZREN, KOSOVO

REFLECTIONS ON SOVEREIGNTY

Still: Lion Unicorn

July 22nd, 2017

The 21st Century has seen a profound shift in the Geo-Political landscape. In a world where nation states battle ideologies, and national identity is comprised of multi-ethnic populations, DokuFest is announcing the second edition of a three-part collaborative film program between Glasgow Short Film Festival, Toronto based imagineNATIVE film festival and DokuFest, titled Reflections on Sovereignty.

The first edition of the program, debuted at the Glasgow Short Film Festival earlier this year. The program consists of a selection of films from each of the three contributors. Glasow’s selection titled “Citizens of Nowhere” explores Brexit and looks at the many identities: English, Scottish, Irish, British, European involved – and how in the gap between pride in European ideals and disenchantment with its institutions, a narrow form of sovereignty has emerged.

 The second series of films “Power to the People” selected by DokuFest, explores the newfound independence of Kosovo emerging from two decades of warfare and turmoil. From a near euphoria in trying to create a new national identity, through difficulties and obstacles in dealing with state building to the harsh reality of living in the last ghetto of Europe, this small program tries to pay homage to unstoppable desire of ordinary people to struggle for a better life.

The full program will be screened again at the Toronto based ImagineNATIVE Film Festival, who curated the third series of films “Stand Tall and Lead” named after a phrase in a Theresa May pre-referendum pro-European speech. These 11 short films look at the stories of indigenous peoples and explore sovereignty not as nationhood, but rather as about reasserting one’s voice, culture and rights amongst a multiplicity of identities that make up the modern inter-connected world.

All three selections that make up the Reflections on Sovereignty Program will be screened at DokuFest’s 16th Edition.

Click here to see the full list of films: