Bianca is a freelance journalist and documentary critic. She is a regular contributor to Modern Times Review.

Through the Revision section of this year’s edition of Dok Leipzig, the festival takes a retrospective glance at past documentaries that are still potent today.

  1. What is the focus of this year’s edition?

«From a regional point of view, we are focusing on films coming from the former Eastern European block, and actually this has been our focus for a long time. We have quite a lot of interesting films this year, with new cinematographic languages; films coming from Poland and the Balkans. Apart from this, we have many films looking at young people’s minds in the current political and cultural situations, films dealing with the new right wing politics in Europe and beyond.»

«What is really important to me is not the topic a film deals with, but how it deals with it.»

«When we put the program together our intention was not for it to be mono-semantic, but to explore how the state of mind and the feeling of being in this world right now find a cinematographic expression. We will open the festival with Werner Hertzog’s Meeting Gorbachev, and we will screen films such as Vitaly Manski’s Putin’s Witness and Victor Kossakovsky’s Aquarella, which has been shown in Venice this year.»

2. What else is new this year?

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