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!
Thursday is the day of realisation: Yes ,DokuFest is almost over. One more reason to get organised and pick your personal “must-sees.”
The festival’s artistic director, Veton Nurkollari, suggests you start the day with some reflections on the environment with the 12:00 screening of “Inventing Tomorrow” at Lumbardhi Indoor. The documentary is on inspiring teenagers, who are creating cutting-edge solutions to confront our world’s environmental threats.
Thursday afternoon, meanwhile, is dedicated to Kosovar women. At Hamam, two panel discussions will take place. The first, starting at 16:00, is “Justice — a way to fight stigma,” a debate on addressing the fate of survivors of sexual violence in the Kosovo war which will feature former Kosovo president Atifete Jahjaga. It is followed at 17:00 by the screening of “Not Your Property,” a documentary on Kosovar women survivors of domestic violence, and a debate on how women’s low levels of property ownership exacerbates domestic violence rates in the country.
The power of women is also present in the cinema with the final installment of the “Materials, structures and forms” programme starting at 16:00 in Kino Klub, which will feature three experimental films all directed by women, and all highly recommended by the festival’s executive director Eroll Bilibani.
For the evening, Eroll’s insider tip is to watch “Zvicra” from Fisnik Maxhuni, which will be shown at 18:00 at Lumbardhi Indoor. Without giving away too much, Eroll ensures that you’ll be in for a surprise with this beautiful film, while Veton suggests going to DokuKino at 22:00 to watch the international documentaries “Afterlife” and “America” for visions of dystopia and stories of family reunion.
For those with energy left, Festival director Nita Deda strongly urges you to spend the night with Mykki Blanco, whose show at the Andrra stage starts at 24:00. Mykki is a rapper, performance artist, poet and activist, whose performances often defy typical genres and push new aesthetic boundaries.