Tips from the inside: Saturday (Day 2)
As with every year, DokuFest’s wide ranging programme can at times lead to over stimulation at first sight. In order for visitors to stay on top of things and make the selection process easier, we have asked some of the team behind DokuFest to highlight some of their personal recommendations.
Check back throughout the festival for a brief overview of the must-see and must-attend events taking place all over the delightful city of Prizren. But please remember, this is not to exclude other events. Every single screening, exhibition, discussion, concert, masterclass, dj set and workshop is definitely worth a visit. Choose what you want, be as you are!
For today (Saturday, Aug. 4), artistic director of DokuFest Veton Nurkollari’s insider tip is a film on three skateboarding friends living in Rust Belt in the United States, an area marked by unemployment and recession. In “Minding the Gap,” filmmaker Bing Liu explores the gap between fathers and sons in the region, as well as discipline and domestic abuse, childhood and adulthood. The film will be screened at 20:00 in the heart of the city at DokuKino.
Short film programmer Samir Karahoda meanwhile recommends moving upstairs to DokuKino Plato for two highlights of the short film program screening as part of the 20:00 selection: “Matria” and “Kiem Holijanda.” The first is a Spanish short about finding solace in the family, while the second details a young Dutchman’s obsession over a porn star.
DokuFest’s artistic director, Veton Nurkollari, has M.I.A’s biopic, “Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.” circled for tonight’s 20:00 screening. Photo: Edona Kryeziu
Meanwhile, for music-lovers Nurkollari suggests “Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.,” a selection of personal recordings of world-renowned pop star M.I.A. that capture her remarkable journey from growing up as an immigrant teen in London to muddling through the tough music industry. The film is a blend of art school punk, hip-hop, the voice of multicultural youth and resistance. It plays at Lumbardhi’s Outdoor cinema at 20:00.
If you are more interested in earth-shattering events and media literacy, executive director Eroll Bilibani suggests to not miss the film “Our New President,” directed by Maxim Pozdorovkin, which will be shown at Kino N’lum, also at 20:00. The film picks up the delicate topic of Donald Trump’s election and shows in a satirical manner how fake news and other tactics were used for Russian propaganda purposes delivering misleading information and ultimately influencing the masses. Bilibani says that Our New President is part of an educational programme that will illuminate on the power and danger of information and media in modern world.
The Executive Director also recommends staying at Kino N’lum for the 22:00 screening of “Infinite Football,” a Romanian film directed by Corneliu Porumboiu, in which the players try to reinvent the rules of the world’s most popular sport. Alternatively, for those who care about nature but also those who do not yet, Bilibani recommends watching the documentary “Point of return” presented in Lumbardhi Outdoor at 22:00. As he puts it: “The film talks about how we as humans can bring positive changes if we return back to the sources of nature, like the sun. It is a moving and spectacular film.”
For the late night, festival director Nita Deda suggests attending DokuNights’ Drugstore Beograd event which in collaboration with famous Klub 20/44 will host an allnighter starting at 24:00 at the Andrra stage with raw and dark electronic sounds. One of the line-up’s highlights is definitely Detroit-born Eric Cloutier, who is followed by Borusiade Schwabe and Stevie Whisper.
Feature image: Elmedina Arapi / Dokufest.