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Feature Film

38. Kasseler Dokfest | Documentary Feature Films

A Symphony of Noise | Director: Enrique Sánchez Lansch
Ako Som Sa Stala Partizankou / Wie ich Partisanin wurde | Director: Vera Lacková
Anmaßung | Director: Chris Wright, Stefan Kolbe
Auslegung der Wirklichkeit - Georg Stefan Troller | Director: Ruth Rieser
Barrikade // Bilder einer Waldbesetzung | Director: David Klammer
Belina - Music for Peace | Director: Marc Boettcher
Bilder( m)einer Mutter | Director: Melanie Lischker
Billie | Director:James Erskine
BORGA | Director: York-Fabian Raabe
Damascus Dreams | Director: Émilie Serri
Esqui / Ski | Director: Manque La Banca
Esquirlas/ Splinters | Director: Natalia Garayalde
Eva-Maria | Director: Lukas Ladner
Faya Dayi | Director: Jessica Beshir
Feast | Director: Tim Leyendekker
Genderation | Director: Monika Treut
Harald Naegeli - der Sprayer von Zürich | Director: Nathalie David
Heimatkunde | Director: Christian Bäucker
Herr Bachmann und seine Klasse | Director: Maria Speth
Hinter den Schlagzeilen | Director: Daniel Sager
HUNTER FROM ELSEWHERE – A JOURNEY WITH HELEN BRITTON | Director: Elena Alvarez Lutz
In Bewegung bleiben | Director: Salar Ghazi
Jonas In The Fields | Director: Peter Sempel
Laurent Garnier: Off the Record | Director: Gabin Rivoire
Les Enfants terribles | Director: Ahmet Necdet Cupur
Limiar / Threshold | Director: Coraci Ruiz
locks & keys, water, trees | Director: Penny Andrea
Looking for horses | Director: Stefan Pavlovic
Medusa | Director: Chloe Malcotti
Mein Vietnam | Director: Hien Mai, Tim Ellrich
Mitgefühl | Director: Louise Detlefsen
Molecules (Molecole) | Director: Andrea Segre
Monobloc | Director: Hauke Wendler
Persona Perpetua | Director: Javier Bellido Valdivia
Pejzazi Otpora / Landscapes of resistance | Director: Marta Popivoda
Room without a View | Director: Roser Corella
Shapes of Lesbos | Director: Jana Stallein
Sie sagen immer Terezia Mora | Director: Stefanie Kreuzer, Terezia Mora, Thomas Henke
Sisters With Transistors | Director: Lisa Rovner
Taming the Garden | Director: Salomé Jashi
The Bubble | Director: Valerie Blankenbyl
The Case You | Director: Alison Kuhn
The First 54 Years – An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation | Director: Avi Mograbi
The Last Hillbilly | Director: Diane Sara Bouzgarrou, Thomas Jenkoe
The Mushroom Speaks | Director: Marion Neumann
The Other Side of the River | Director: Antonia Kilian
Väter Unser | Director: Sophie Linnenbaum
Vor Zeit / Time before Land | Director: Juliane Henrich
White Cube | Director: Renzo Martens
Wie wir wollen | Director: Melanie Sien Min Lyn, Sara Dutch
Zinder | Director: Aïcha Macky
Zuhurs Töchter | Director: Laurentia Genske, Robin Humboldt

The final program in 2021 has been selected from more than 550 feature film submissions. The criteria, which influence the selection, are the political, social and cultural relevance of the topics as well as the artistic handling of this topic in the submitted work. Next to more classical forms of presentation, the Dokfest is open for the introduction of innovative formats, which show alleged boundaries of the genre, the might and the power of manipulation of images. Furthermore low or no budget productions, works by up-and-coming artists as well as new projects of well-known filmmakers at the Kassel Dokfest receive special attention during the selection process: because accompanying documentary works-in-progress continually is as important to us as offering a platform for the perspectives of bold and extraordinary projects.

A viewing committee, consisting of four people with different professional backgrounds (since 2009), is responsible for the selection of this section. Next to their interest in the political and cultural happenings of the world and their curiosity towards courageous and unconventional (life) stories, this group of four is unified in a cinematic obsession for documentary film in all its topical and aesthetic forms as well as their pleasure in passionate discussion about the best documentary films for the Kassel film festival.

Obviously, the selection is only able to show a part of the increasing abundance of documentary work every year, trying to none-the-less cover a broad spectrum of topics and forms and reaching an equally broad audience during the festival days.

Short Film Compilations

38. Kasseler Dokfest | Kurzfilmprogramme

2020 | Regie: Friedl vom Gröller
21:71 Uhr | Regie: Joey Arand
密月旅行 / Honeymoon | Regie: Yu Araki
当海里长出森林 / When the Sea Sends Forth a Forest | Regie: Guangli Liu
我伪装起来了,就在你面前 / I’m Disguised, Right in front of You | Regie: 昶全朱
à la recherche d'aline | Regie: Rokhaya Marieme Balde
Abisal | Regie: Alejandro Alonso
Adrenochrom | Regie: Daniel Hopp
Ahorita Frames | Regie: Angelika Levi
AIVA | Regie: Veneta Androva
Al motociclista no le cabe la felicidad en el traje | Regie: Gabriel Herrera
All Now, All Free! | Regie: Michael Heindl
Alles Muss Raus | Regie: Fritz Eggenwirth, Josha Lohrengel
Amazon Woman| Regie: Anna Vasof
American Express | Regie: Häly Heinecker
Andenborstengürteltier | Regie: Angela Christlieb
Anderen Hinterher / After the Others | Regie: Valentin Engelland
Another Room Meeting | Regie: Funda Tufan, Maria Bisalieva, Pascalina Krummenauer
Aufbau- und Verfügungszentrum | Regie: Christina Ströbele, Niels Walter
Azkorri árnyéka alatt | Regie: Eszter Katalin
Better Science | Regie: Jorge Loureiro, Walter Solon
Bingo | Regie: Noddy Werner
Bir Savunma | Regie: Aylin Kuryel
Blastogenese X | Regie: Charlotte Maria Kätzl, Conrad Veit
Bodyssey | Regie: Ines Schäfer
Brüder – Ein Familienfilm | Regie: Valentin Merz
Burning Cars | Regie: Maud Mascré
Café de Kinema | Regie: Sol Miraglia
Civilization | Regie: Christoph Schwarz
Constellation de la Rouguière | Regie: Dania Reymond-Boughenou
Contraindre | Regie: Antoine Fontaine, Galdric Fleury
Das Paket | Regie: Maximilian Wagener
Das Radl der Zeit | Regie: Pia Wilma Wurzer
Der Heinz, der gräbt ein Loch in ein Stück Land | Regie: Karsten Krause
Der Lokführer | Regie: Christian Wittmoser, Zuniel Kim
Derweil | Regie: Samuel Parkes Heinrichs
Doors of Reception | Regie: Bjørn Melhus
Droopy Rose | Regie: Theresa Büchner
earthearthearth | Regie: Daïchi Saïto
Eb | Regie: Frederik Stuut, Maria Stuut
Écoutez le battement de nos images | Regie: Audrey Jean-Baptiste, Maxime Jean-Baptiste
El Canto de la Crisálida / The Song of the Chrysalis | Regie: Francisco MeCe
En-countering Cyberfeminism | Regie: Malin Kuht
Er is een geest van mij | Regie: Mateo Vega
Erik/Prince is Dead - A Fever Dream Letter Scape | Regie: Jakob S. Boeskov, Thies Mynther
es gibt kein abschalten | Regie: Zeno Gries
Es war einmal | Regie: The Wa, Anna Fiedler
Eu Vou Esse Ano Pra Lua | Regie: Duda Gambogi
Fanuks: I Want To Sing Like Ella | Regie: Duc-Thi Bui & Marc Engenhart
feminism is a browser_materialisation | Regie: Charlotte Eifler
fragil | Regie: Franziska Pappert, Ricarda Gumprich
Fragments of a Revolution | Regie: Sahand Sarhaddi
Fronteras Visibles (versión discursiva) | Regie: Christian Diaz Orejarena
Fuck Film: A Love Story | Regie: Neil Needleman
Gander Islands | Regie: Myriam Yates
Gangnam Beauty | Regie: Yan Tomaszewski
Hansa Boy etwas das kommt nie wieder vor | Regie: Virgil Taylor
Hauptmann Lupo | Regie: Jan Soldat
Hexenwerk | Regie: Laura Heinig
Homo Bankiva | Regie: Felix Maria Bühler
Homo Sapiens | Regie: Anton Severin, Johannes Singer
Horror Vacui | Regie: Fritz Polzer
how to grow a beard | Regie: Sonja Wassermann
Hullabaloo | Regie: Oliver Pietsch
I Tried to Shout with Them | Regie: Nafiseh Moshashaeh
In the Air Tonight | Regie: Andrew Norman Wilson
jeijay | Regie: Maren Wiese, Petra Stipetic
Jesus, Aliens! I Think. | Regie: Sophie Bösker
Just Apologies | Regie: Avi Krispin
Kirschknochen | Regie: Evgenia Gostrer
La fiesta del fin del mundo / A Dance for the End of th World | Regie: Andrés Santacruz, Gloria Gutiérrez, Paula González
La forastera | Regie: Valeria Stucki
La sorsier kabiné | Regie: Joey Arand
Lemongrass Girl | Regie: Pom Bunsermvicha
Les Nouveaux Dieux | Regie: Loïc Hobi
Life on the Horn | Regie: Mo Harawe
Lydia | Regie: Christian Becker
Madrid, Mala Vida | Regie: Ignacio Ruiz, Isabela Bianchi, María Gómez, Pablo Adiego Almudevar
Magma | Regie: Jari Kallio, Essi Vesala
Manipulation (Digitale Gespenster 2) | Regie: Seungkyu Jung
Memories | Regie: Kristin Johannessen
Michael Ironside and I | Regie: Marian Mayland
Migrants | Regie: Daniel Burkhardt
Minimal Sway While Starting My Way Up | Regie: Stéphanie Lagarde
Moi et le Boff Zen| Regie: Dagie Brundert
NAYA - Der Wald hat Tausend Augen | Regie: Sebastian Mulder
Nebel | Regie: Louis Hay
Neues japanisches WC | Regie: Hubert Sielecki
Nitty-Gritty Punjab Police | Regie: Kabir Mehta
Nonbinary | Regie: Jeanne L'Homer
Now, if You Look at the Sky | Regie: Maissa Maatouk
Ob scena | Regie: Paloma Orlandini Castro
Once Upon a Screen: Explosive Paradox | Regie: Kevin B. Lee
One Hundred Steps | Regie: Barbara Wagner, Benjamin de Burca
One Thousand and One Attempts to Be an Ocean | Regie: Yuyan Wang
Osijek <-> Kopenhagen, grad trazi ubojicu | Regie: Ivan Faktor
Paper Swallows Rock | Regie: Vanessa Gravenor
Passing Through | Regie: Linda Montano
Patrick | Regie: Luke Fowler
Pervading Animal | Regie: Graeme Arnfield
Pink Mao | Regie: Tang Han
Pocket Call | Regie: Paul Spengemann
Question #1: What Happens when You're in Love and not Loved Back? | Regie: Björn Perborg
Reading Time (minimum 17 minutes) | Regie: Charles de Agustin
Respirer | Regie: Camila Rodriguez Triana
Road to Civilization | Regie: Ziming Peng
Rodentia | Regie: Elisa Gleize
S P A C E L A N D | Regie: Caitlin Ryan
Salsa | Regie: Igor Dimitri
Schiffe mit Waren und Stoffen aus aller Welt stoßen mit ihren Wellen die Bibby Challenge an | Regie: Adnan Softic
Second | Regie: André Santos Martins
Sehr gepflegt und gut gelegen | Regie: Jakub Vrba, Lukas Marxt
Silabario | Regie: Marine De Contes
Silence along the River | Regie: Sherko Abbas
Some Kind of Intimacy | Regie: Toby Bull
Soup | Regie: Karolin Twiddy
Stimmen feministischer Utopien | Regie: Eva Eyrich
Strahlend grüne Wiese | Regie: Sophie Hilbert
Subserotic Bulge | Regie: Flis Holland
Suite | Regie: Fabio Thieme
Surviving You, Always | Regie: Morgan Quaintance
Sweat | Regie: Elsa Brès
SYNERGIEN - Rhea Thönges-Stringaris und Joseph Beuys | Regie: Elke Bockhorst
The Door of Return | Regie: Anna Zhukovets, Kokutekeleza Musebeni
The End of Suffering (a proposal) | Regie: Jacqueline Lentzou
The Problem of the Hydra | Regie: Maija Tammi
The Pure and the Damned | Regie: Oliver Pietsch
The Source of the Absolute Knowledge | Regie: Christine Gensheimer
The Well-Prepared Citizen's Solution | Regie: Lydia Moyer
Tracing Utopia | Regie: Catarina de Sousa, Nick Tyson
transcendere | Regie: Christa Stöffelbauer, Deborah Manavi
Türkische Riviera | Regie: Senem Göcmen
Two Sons and a River of Blood | Regie: Amber Bemak, Angelo Madsen Minax
Umbra | Regie: Geocinema
Unicornio | Regie: Irati Gorostidi Agirretxe
Unsere Narrative | Regie: Drew Mazyck
Up, up, up & Bunt herüm | Regie: Ines Christine Geißer, Kirsten Carina Geißer
Ü-雨-rain | Regie: Wang-Chen Lee
Valentina | Regie: Frances Scott
Ventana | Regie: Edgar Jorge Baralt
VO | Regie: Nicolas Gourault
Watch the Sun | Regie: Chao Wu
Werner y Yo | Regie: Martín Vilela
Which Is Witch ? | Regie: Marie Losier
YOU-AND-ME (Exotika) | Regie: Michael Brynntrup
Zumindest bin ich draußen gewesen| Regie: Jan Soldat

221 short and mid-length documentary and experimental films will be presented at the Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival in 2021.

Filmmaking is a constant renegotiation of visibility, which produces the new and replaces and overlaps with the old. The way in which we speak of the world and create images for this purpose is highly dependent of the generation we are part of, the times and the societal circumstances we live in; this means that history is written in the present. The view upon the past is always negotiable. It remains something that can't be fixated and is rather ambivalent. The task of filmmaking – dealing with history and memory – is a challenge but it is possible, as the short films of this year's Kassel Dokfest prove. We have learned from history that there is such a thing as wrong interpretation and polarization, which incites hate, feeds and creates fears. The short films deal with this process of interpretation and encourage a debate about how we can create a narrative, which does not polarize, does not discriminate, does not label people, which takes down physical and psychological barriers and is not part of nation state discourses.

The six members of the selection committee had the task of capturing the themes and trends in contemporary film production from around 2,000 films up to a length of 65 mins submitted. The result is a program ranging from observational documentaries to abstract animations, personal essays to queer political music videos to artistic-activist field tests. From films that deeply explore interesting places to intimate family portraits, this section offers an incredible diversity of filmic examinations of reality.  

Golden Hercules – Film Program from Northern Hesse

One of the declared aims of the Kassel Dokfest is to present regional works next to the works of international filmmakers and artists – on equal terms. The festival program includes 32 experimental, animation or documentary films of filmmakers from Northern Hesse. A selection competes in the regional competition for the Golden Hercules (3,500 €) The commitment to the region is very important for the Kassel Dokfest. The last years have shown that local talent and regional works are able to compete and that the festival can serve as a steppingstone to national and international recognition.

Fulldome Films

On the occasion of the honorary prize awarded to Rotraut Pape in 2016, the Kassel Dokfest showed Fulldome films for the first time. Due to the great interest it attracted and as an addition to the festival profile, the Kassel Dokfest 2021 presents six innovative Fulldome films, which give an insight into the new possibilities of the medium of dome films.

Completely submerging viewers in an illusion is an ancient goal of humanity and art. The Dome, always a special place in the course of our cultural history, as a place of refuge and worship (caves), as an interface with higher powers (church), a manifestation of power (architecture) and imagination (holodeck), as well as spirituality (firmament). After special planetariums were equipped with new projection technology, an innovative, audiovisual medium arose, taking account of this very special spatial situation through immersive films: the 360° fulldome film.

The audience is surrounded by images and sound and has to move independently to follow the stories. Liberated from the perspective of the external observer, the viewer no longer sits in front of the stage or screen but rather in the midst of things – and from there shifts into the center of the world.

A Wall Is A Screen

Both guided city tour and outdoor short film screening, the Hamburg collective A Wall Is A Screen returns to Kassel. A Wall is a Screen creates a new context for the moving image and takes over neglected spaces, familiar buildings and commercial facades for ten minutes of lovingly curated short film before moving on to the next location. This temporary symbiosis between film and architecture creates a new perception of and in the public space.

Let's shed a different light onto the city's architecture and transform the nightly Kassel into a special one time venue.