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!
Today is the final day, the last chance to experience all that DokuFest has to offer for nearly a year. To help cram in as much as possible, both artistic director of the festival Veton Nurkollari and executive director Eroll Bilibani recommend starting your day early.
Veton’s tip is “The Cleaners,” which screens at Shtëpia e Kulturës at 12:00, and documents the lives of those whose duty it is to keep the internet sanitary, free of violence and child pornography. Eroll meanwhile advises a trip to DokuKino at 12:00 in order to catch “Chris the Swiss,” which he describes as a nice mix of animation and documentary and great example of onscreen storytelling.
Veton’s afternoon tip is Lumbardhi Indoor’s screening of “Skip Day” & “Black Mother” at 14:00. The latter is directed by New York based photographer and filmmaker Khalik Allah, who worked on Beyoncé’s visual album, “Lemonade,” and has been sharing his experiences at DokuFest this week.
For those seeking shorts, DokuFest’s short film programmer Samir Karahoda recommends the collection at 18:00 at Shtëpia e Kulturës, which includes films on topics from agricultural revolutions in Portugal to obsessions over pornography in the Netherlands.
The evening’s screenings are given over to the award winners in the various categories of this year’s festival. DokuKino will host the winners of the Best International Short and Best International Feature documentary at 20:00, and Best Human Rights documentary at 22:00.
For a more local focus, Kino N’Lum will show the winner for Best Balkan Newcomer at 20:00 and the winners of the National competition and the Best Balkan documentary at 22:00.
Eroll’s tip though is a trip to DokuKino Plato at 20:00, when the winner of the Audience Award will be screened. After all, the people know best. It will be followed by the winner of Best Green at 22.00.
The festival closes with a concert from Saz’iso at Lumardhi at 24:00, which festival director Nita Deda urges you not to miss. The group of virtuoso musicians from Korca in Albania will perform a wide range of iso polyphonic pieces, from lively dances to sad laments — a perfect way to finish the festival. See you next year!