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!
Wednesdays won’t get boring at DokuFest! Treat yourself with a delicious lunch (or breakfast for some), before attending one of the tips from the inside events starting in the afternoon.
At 14:00, the festival’s Executive Director Eroll Bilibani strongly suggests watching “Distant Constellation,” as the film goes “deep into difficult subjects from Turkish history.” The documentary will be screened at the lovely Lumbardhi Indoor cinema and features two elderly men discussing Turkey’s political past, bringing up crucial questions worth reflecting on.
Alternatively, DokuFest’s artistic director, Veton Nurkollari, proposes “Laila at the Bridge” playing at DokuKino, also at 14:00. This human rights documentary tells the story of Laila Haidari, a woman who founded a pioneering addiction treatment center and restaurant in Afghanistan. What makes the film special is the deeply personal perspective of a woman trying to maintain a safe place for heroin addicts to recover, against a backdrop of governmental oppression and shrinking commitment from the international community.
Those interested in the leading figures of filmmaking and media production, should not miss the talk and masterclass: “Reflections on Bergman” at 14:00 at Kino Klub, which was highly recommended by Bilibani. Swedish producer Cecilia Nessen has covered the oeuvre of Ingmar Bergman through documentary work and will reflect on his work style with DokuFest’s long time specialist film scholar, Thomas Logoreci.
Another location worth passing by is Hamam, unusually not for relaxation but rather for some serious professional talk on how to get access to funding for film, photography and other creative projects. The industry events series starts today with “Kosova Kreative: Culture in the spotlight” at 15:00 in partnership with Kosovar Civil Society Foundation. Eroll recommends dropping by as guest speakers from abroad share their experience and give tips on how to stand out in the selection process of Creative Europe.
In the evening you have the agony of choosing between many great options. Competing in the National category you can watch four interesting shorts starting at 20:00 at DokuKino Plato. One of them is “Shukria,” which premieres today. According to the festival’s short film programmer, Samir Karahoda, the film has an incomparable artistic style.
Veton’s evening favorite meanwhile is “Welcome to Sodom,” also screened at 20:00 at Kino Kalaja. The film shows the harsh living and working conditions in the largest electronic waste dump in the world in Accra, Ghana. On the other hand, if you are a huge music fan or an activist, or are interested in the way music can be used in activism then you should follow Eroll’s advice and watch “Silvana,” playing at 20:00 at the Dream Cinema.