After three years, Berlin’s DOKUARTS festival returns with full programme announcement

After a three-year interlude, the acclaimed DOKUARTS festival, which foregrounds films about art and artists, makes its awaited return to Berlin for its 2023 iteration.

The 2023 edition of DOKUARTS is set to showcase 18 films from 14 distinct countries. These screenings span a range of Berlin’s notable venues, such as the Kino in der Kulturbrauerei, BrotfabrikKino, and KLICK Kino. The selected films offer profound insights into the nuances of artistic processes, chronicle exceptional life trajectories, and provide cinematic essays on the fluidity of identity.

Many filmmakers, including those behind documentaries featuring notable personalities such as Cymande, Nikki Giovanni, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Francisco de Goya, Heloísa Buarque de Hollanda (Miúcha), KamaK Theater, Wolfgang Laib, Tanya Tagaq, Nam June Paik, and Apolonia Sokol, will be in attendance to present their work.

The festival is set to commence with Lea Glob’s Apolonia, Apolonia, a documentary charting a thirteen-year span in the life of artist Apolonia Sokol. Already recognized with numerous awards, the film is in contention for the European Film Award.

Another noteworthy inclusion is Going to Mars, centred on American poet Nikki Giovanni. Helmed by Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, this film previously clinched the Grand Jury Prize at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival and is poised for its European debut at DOKUARTS.

The DOKUARTS Forum, branded «Visual Alterity,» is a significant addition to this year’s festival. Slated for 6-7 October , the forum delves into cinematic interpretations of the concept of «The Other.» Central to its discussions are questions like: How does identity, ever-changing, define itself in relation to the «The Other?» What artistic techniques hallmark ethical practices within documentary filmmaking? And crucially, how do arts and the documentary film craft give voice to the «The Other?»

DOKUARTS 2023 is gearing up to offer attendees a rich tapestry of artistic documentaries, complemented by engaging discussions. With its grand return to Berlin, the festival stands as a testament to the enduring allure of the confluence of art and film.

Find more information and the complete 2023 DOKUARTS programmeHERE

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