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Photographer of War: three perspectives, one DOK

in Film festival/Movies/Philosophies
Photographer of War
Photographer of War © DOK Leipzig 2019 / director Boris Benjamin Betram

LeipGlo contributors Justina, Áine and Heiner all went to see DOK Leipzig 2019 competition entry “Photographer of War” by Boris Benjamin Betram. Their diverging reactions and thoughts on the film are chronicled in our feature.

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Dependency captured in a poetic & tragic 10 minutes

in Opinion/Short films/Society
Machini - dependency short animated film
Machini, 2019. Film still © Frank Mukunday, Trésor Tshibangu Tshamala

DRC is seen as one of the world’s worst basket cases. In an animated short presented at DOK Leipzig, filmmakers from both the former colony and its European metropole brilliantly illustrate what dependency means for the African country, and our role in it.

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Movie newbie impressions of DOK Leipzig films

in Film festival/Movies/Reviews
Movie newbie perspective, Honeyland
"Honeyland" at DOK Leipzig. Film still © Tamara Kotevska

“I spent two days at DOK Leipzig 2019 watching as many movies as I could, and recommend that you do the same if you have the time.”

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3 highlights not to be missed at DOK Leipzig 2019

in Film festival/Leipzig/Movies
DOK Leipzig highlights
Scores of people crowded into Hbf Osthalle on 29 Oct 2019 to watch "Meeting Gorbachev," including the director Werner Herzog himself. (Photo: Justina Smile Photography)

Trouble choosing from the huge cinematic menu at DOK Leipzig, our city’s international documentary and animation film fest kicking off on Monday for the whole week? Our film writer gives you a tasty, bite-sized starter selection.

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Putin’s Witnesses: an accomplice’s tale

in Movies/Opinion/Politics
Putin's Witnesses takes a chilling, intimate look at Putin's rise to power. (Image: public domain)
Putin's Witnesses takes a chilling, intimate look at Putin's rise to power. (Image: public domain)

Focusing on the time from Yeltsin’s resignation to shortly after the 2000 presidential election, director Vitaly Mansky takes us behind the scenes of Putin’s rise to power – as he himself was behind the scenes as Putin’s then-PR guy.

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The painful road to a Germany of immigrants

in Movies/Philosophies/Society
A peaceful Germany of immigrants has been a difficult road for decades. (Photo: public domain)
A peaceful Germany of immigrants has been a difficult road for decades. (Photo: public domain)

How does Germany become a nation of immigrants? Two great documentaries at DOK Leipzig 2018 “Der zweite Anschlag” and “Sorge 87” – show us how. Spoiler alert: The road to a Germany of immigrants is a difficult and painful one.

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