Leipzig Documentary Film Festival Focus is Georgia
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World's oldest festival for documentary films was founded in Leipzig in 1955.

The festival has a jubilee edition and, celebrating the 60th anniversary, offers some news to the attendees.

"We're breaking the rules, - says the official website of the festival - three days before the opening, we start the screenings. We leave our familiar venues and move to UT Connewitz, the oldest cinema in the city, to the club Institute fuer Zukunft, and to Grassimuseum.

We celebrate key films from the festival history, with salon conversation where seasoned festival goers and new allies can meet. We invite everyone on time trips under the motto Now and Then - Then and Now, which will take us from the present day to the past - following cinematographic languages and ideological changes."

This year for the first time, the audience will be able to name the best film made about the human rights in Special Programs, which will be granted with a special award and a money prize.

The festival program includes competition sections for feature and short documentary and animated films, animated documentary, German short and long documentary and animation, "Next Masters".

Master classes will be delivered by Sergei Loznitsa and Jay Rosenblatt.

How was the communist ideology reflected in the visual language of cinema? How were communist films made in the era of the regime and its leaders? Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution, the festival will hold the retrospective of the films made in the communist period.

DOK Leipzig pays a great attention to the education. Since 2009, interesting educational meetings are held in the frame of DOK Education. Invited professors meet the students before the screening and talk to them about the documentary genre and themes from the films selected in advance. Only after that, there's a screening attended by the director himself and the discussion is held with the filmmaker.

This year, the Country Focus is Georgia. The Leipzig audience will see 13 Georgian documentary and animated films:

• 2+2=22 (The Alphabet) by Heinz Emigholz
• "Altzaney" by Nino Orjonikidze
• "City of the Sun" by Rati Oneli
• "The Dazzling Light of Sunset" by Salome Jashi
• "Don't Breath" by Nino Kirtadze
• "Exodus" by Vakhtang Jajanidze
• "Horizon" by Dato Kiknavelidze
• "Li.Le" by Natia Nikolashvili
• "The Machine which Makes Everything Disappear" by Tinatin Gurchiani
• "Madonna" by Nino Gogua
• "Sovdagari" by Tamta Gabrichidze
• "Sunny Night" by Soso Dumbadze
• "When the Earth Seems to Be Light" by Salome Machaidze, Tamuna Karumidze and David Meskhi.

In addition, there are regularly held discussions. "DOK Talks" program includes "Female Gazes from Georgia - Contemporary Documentaries", held with the organization of Heinrich Böll Foundation. Participating: Anna Dziapshipa (producer), Salome Jashi (director), Nino Lejava (head of Heinrich-Böll-Foundation South Caucasus department) and Salome Machaidze (director and artist). Discussion is moderated by Zaza Rusadze, Curator of Country Focus, DOK Leipzig.

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