DOKUFEST GROWS BIGGER AND BIGGER

opening night at Dokufest

This year, the opening ceremony announced a spectacular issue of the festival. It began with the biographical story of famous African musician Youssou N’Dour and the movie “Youssou N’Dour – I Bring What I Love.” This is a story full of love, the hope for change in our current global reality, a kind of utopia, which is accessible to anybody. I believe this is also the purpose of DokuFest – to generate positive art and experience.

This year, the program is full of movies that leave you breathless and which are similar to each other in being screened at festivals with a high reputation. I would not pick favorites because the whole line-up of movies from all categories is filled with titles which are well-known in the documentary film scene. We can see spectacular movies in the International Docs and International Shorts categories, which are, in my opinion, the categories that represent more alternative filmmaking. Through these categories, we can see communication and messages which make the so-called Seventh Art transform moving images and sound in stories that can make us discover new ideas.

In Balkan Docs, there are new movies from the everyday life and reality that all of us in this region live in. The titles which show up on this year’s DokuFest program for Balkan Docs are some of the best ones. Among these titles, we see the best recent productions coming from Macedonia, Serbia, Kosovo, Turkey, etc.

I was pleasantly surprised by an additional category in the program, called Green Docs. This category makes the festival unique in raising the awareness of the guests and visitors in relation to ecological problems which our planet Earth is facing. Movies about the environment can change the world. Like youth worker for me Dokukids is also idea that give us the chance to see trough the eyes of the kids who share their ideas without limit in the expression.

I am happy that this year I had the chance to come to the festival again, and in this way to notice the development it undergoes. The progress, compared to last year, is evident in the wider range of films on the program in all categories, as well as in the number of visiting guests who share their work and art in film. Having open-air cinemas is a great concept, which functions well for this festival. The access to cinema is easier for all the people who live in Prizren, love movies, but during the year don’t have the opportunity to watch them in a cinema. Together with a stroll around town, anybody can watch a film at an accessible price, which is even symbolic. Communication between directors and audience is easy and open because both groups of people are at the same place. Now that the festival is nearing its end, there is one movie which I recommend and which will close Dokufest, namely “Waltz with Bashir.” It is a pleasure that I was invited to the festival this year as well, and I wish DokuFest all the best next year as well.

Mite Gogov, guest from Macedonia and member of Doku Press
photo by Albulen Ajgeri
translated by Donika Pemova