In its 21st edition, DokuFest once again made Prizren the center of cinema, hosted and transported guests from all over the world who took with them some of the films, love and dedication of the people who make this festival.
For days in a row, the jury has taken care to carefully follow the films according to the categories, so that the awards go to the right place and are deserved.
In places where the wound still hurts and is open, telling the past is an obligation that helps heal those wounds.
During the Q&A session after the screening in DokuFest, the film co-director, Nina Toussaint explained that the main driving force to make this film was to inform younger generations about the risks from asbestos.
Through a metaphor, the whole film shows the social context of the time, the suffering and the need to escape the executioners.
In an interview for DokuStories, Seferi shared details from the film.
The speakers, starting from their individual experience, brought to the attention of the public cases of the impact of these films and tried to find solutions for how these films will be in the future more effective for the societies in which we live.
The film industry has repeatedly proven that it has a insightful influence on society and according to the Head of Marketing at Neptun Kosova, Kaltrina Hoxha, this positive influence clearly serves the business community as well.
“The goal of the project is to bring together young people from Serbia and Kosovo, between the ages of 18 and 25, against the harsh media narrative, believing that through art and culture they can overcome everything”, says Zana Arapi Xheladini from DokuFest.
Director Anna Shishova in the Q&A session, after the screening in DokuFest, explained to audience that her film shows the repression of authorities in Russia.
Krenare Zajmi-Leti, Head of Marketing at ProCredit in an interview for DokuStories explains the reasons behind the long-term partnership with DokuFest.
This Wednesday afternoon in the backyard of “Shani Efendi” a panel consisting of 4 filmmakers and moderated by Dea Gjinovci brought to attention exactly the problems which often put filmmakers in front of the dilemma of whether or not to turn off the camera.
Through selected sequences from films made in the countries of the former Republic of Yugoslavia, which mainly coincide with the years 50-75, the dynamics of the image of women, their empowerment and then again their abolition in cinematographic products are compared.
The attendees had the opportunity to meet and have a conversation with two artists, guests of the festival such as Maryam Tafakory and Morgan Quaintance.
It was the singer, Edona Vatoci, who with her powerful and at the same time angelic vocals shook the surrounding trees.
Prizren International Summer School offers seven courses covering a wide range of study fields, and in cooperation with DokuFest connects education and arts.
The panel composed of Maria Silvia Esteeve, Martin DiCicco, Jelena Maksimovic and Veton Nurkollari moderated by Dea Gjinovci shared their individual experiences during the filmmaking process.
The lecture brought an analysis of the functions and use of cinematographic products in museum spaces.
While director Noar Sahiti with the film “Coagulation” has brought a short autobiography, filmmaker Eneos Çarka with his film “Pigeon Song” has presented his quest on the love story between his great-grandparents.
Yesterday, was nothing short of a memorable night of love and dance while Hercules and Love Affair jumped in the stage of Lumbardhi cinema.
“Journal about Želimir Žilnik”, screened at DokuFest, is a road movie documentary through half a century of filmography by Želimir Žilnik.
Both exhibitions can be easily visited by anyone who is interested in learning more about the stories of these people, as their placement in the same building and opening on the same day is no coincidence.
A selection of films produced through filmmaking workshops in Kosovo, North Macedonia and Serbia, such as Future is Here X, Stories from the Region and Youth Film Camp will be screened during DokuFest.
The panelists discussed copyright as a current topic that is significantly related to the cinematographic industry in Kosovo and around the world.
Through the “DokuKids” program dedicated to children, it is intended to engage them in issues that affect them as well as adults.
This is a film about the life and work of architect and urbanist Rexhep Luci, and the story of Prishtina, the city he loved and where he was murdered in September 2000.
The handover of the award took place in the Lumbardhi open air cinema – Kino Bahce in Prizren with the participation of guests from the EU Office in Kosovo, regional representatives of Europa Nostra, civil society activists, etc.
This Sunday afternoon, the backyard of “Shani Efendi” hosted friends from the “Manifesta” Biennial of Nomadic Contemporary Art.
Photo journalist Paul Lowe held a lecture referring to his cycle of photographs entitled “Siege of Sarajevo”.
This documentary has unfolded the intimate stories of several people of the LGBTQ community from Kosovo, who go through the continuous search for a safe place that allows them to be themselves.
For the DokuFest organizers, the work and contribution of volunteers is one of the most precious values of this festival.
This Saturday afternoon, the second DokuTalks discussion was held in the backyard of “Shani Efendi”. The panel consisted of 4 documentary film professionals, Samir Karahoda, Dea Gjinovci, Marija Zidar, Ljubomir Stefanov.
As the panelists faced the question of how new practices can be created to face the current crisis, they brought examples from their daily work.
DokuTech activities started at noon this Saturday at the ITP, where young people from all over the region were present.
Throughout the festival, Andrra and Lumbardhi Bahçe will host and convey national and international artist names to make the nights of stay in Prizren unforgettable.
I feel fortunate to experience Prizren for a full year and so happy I can attend and even contribute to Dokufest, the city’s flagship event. The festival totally transforms the city, and in this edition provokes us with the delicate question: How to survive?
DokuFest started this Friday evening. The ceremony that paved the way for a multitude of activities was held in “Lumbardhi Bahçe” and gathered together friends from all over the globe.
“Fire of Love” is the film that opens the film marathon of this edition of DokuFest.
In this 21st edition of DokuFest “How to survive?” is the question that is raised not without purpose, to reflect and encourage the process of catharsis in any individual.
For the city, these days are its most beautiful, as it welcomes guests from all over the world.
We invite you to this unique, 21st edition of DokuFest. Come for the films, but promising that you will stay and come back for the people, the atmosphere, the cultural capital of Kosovo, Prizren…
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