Prizren, June 28, 2012 – DokuFest today announced the full schedule of the films that will screen in its 6 competitions as well as more than a dozen special programmes. Festival will open on July 7 with the screening of award winning film 5 Broken Cameras by Emad Bornat and Guy Davidi at Lumbardhi Open Air Theatre. The opening night will also see screenings of several high profile films at two other venues, such as: Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present, Chasing Ice, Crulic: The Path To Beyond, ½ Revolution and Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten.
Now in its 11th edition the festival will present more than 150 films and a slate of live music acts under its DokuNight music strand.
A series of workshops, master classes and debates will be held in 9 days, including master classes with acclaimed Austrian director and cinematographer Michael Glawogger and Polish director and cinematographer Woiciech Staron. Balkan Documentary Center is returning for a third year in a row to hold final module of their workshop and pitching session and to present Best Balkan Newcomer Award.
Turkish photographer Kamil Firat will open DokuPhoto with the exhibition of his recent work titled JR featuring photographs of children oil wrestlers in Turkey whilst German photographer Jutta Benzenberg will hold a talk focusing on her 20 year experience of working in Albania.
To coincide with two central themes of the festival a number of films will be screened, including OstPunk: Too Much Future, loudQUIETloud: The Film About Pixies and The Punk Syndrome highlighting the theme of Punk. The theme of Protest will be featured will films like Blockade, Not a Carwash, Tahrir and Battle of Algiers, among others.
Poland is this year’s country in focus and in that occasion 11 films will be screened whereas we will be highlighting the extraordinary quality of Mexican documentaries through a special selection compiled in collaboration with Ambulante festival from Mexico City.
Other highlights of the festival include screening of Mark Cousin’s epic 15-hour film The Story of Film and short retrospective of master French director Allain Resnais.
Notable guests of the festival include acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Samira Makhmalbaf, Director of Documentary Programming at Tribeca Film Institute Ryan Harrington, Director of Ambulante festival Elena Fortes and British filmmaker Grant Gee, who will be present for the screening of two of his films, Patience (After Sebald) and Radiohead: Meeting People is Easy.
A number of filmmakers will also be present for the screenings of their films, including Malika Zouhall-Worall and Katherine Fairfax Wright (Call Me Kuchu), Yuri Ancarani (Piattaforma Luna), Philip Schefner (Revision), Damjan Kozole (The Long Vacation), Ilian Metev (Sofia’s last Ambulance) and Iris Olsson (Burden of My Heart).