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Kosovo Documentary Film Festival Widens Scope

Hundreds of movie lovers are expected to head to the Kosovo town of Prizren next weekend for the biggest-ever DokuFest international documentary film festival.

Edona Peci

The 12th annual DokuFest will feature around 250 documentaries and short films as well as debates, concerts and workshops in Prizren from August 17-25 under the overall banner ‘Breaking Borders’.

The theme was chosen because the films in the programme “all break borders in different ways, be they sexual, religious, political or conceptual”, according to the DokuFest website.

The festival is Kosovo’s premier film event and will feature internationally acclaimed documentaries like ‘Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer’, about the jailed Russian feminist activists, and ‘Which Way is the Front Line From Here?’, about the talented British photojournalist Tim Hetherington, who was killed covering the war in Libya.

“This year we have the largest programme so far with 250 movies that were chosen out of a record number of 2,300 applications,” DokuFest communications director Nita Deda told Balkan Insight.

Among the themes to be debated at the discussions are social media and activism, renewable energy and the effect of independence on the arts.

Well-known analysts, human rights activists and movie-makers from around the region and the world including Zarko Puhovski, Veton Surroi, Natasa Kandic, Bassam Aramin and Joshua Oppenheimer are expected to participate.

Master classes by famous photographers will also be offered.

“We expect an increase of visitors at all festival activities,” said Deda.

“This year we celebrate the 10th anniversary of DokuPhoto and we’ll organise an exhibition with Pep Bonet’s photos - a photographer who won the World Press Photo Award this year,” she added.

There will also be an event called Kino Kabaret for film-makers, during which films will be written, shot, cut, and screened within a short period of time in so-called ‘guerrilla style’.

The screenings will be followed by parties each evening featuring a range of bands and DJs playing avant-garde rock and electronic dance music.

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