Dok Leipzig is now finished for another year, and as always the festival has done the animated documentary community proud with its programmes on anima doc. For those that didn’t know Leipzig is the first festival to curate a programme solely for animated doc, and has been championing the genre for over 15 years.
I attended the ‘Schicksale’ programme, which means ‘Destiny’ in english. The highlight for me was ‘Paper box’ by Zbigniew Czapla (a still from his film features above), a mesmorising animated document of his family photo album, ruined by flash flooding in his home town. The photos, decomposing with mold over time during the animated film, are framed and chosen by the mould initiated by water damage. The director remarked that ‘nature was the director in this film.’
Another three films of note are ‘Nurse Gretal no.2 Escap’e and ‘Nyosha’, both films feature real emotional testimonials about survival during World War 2 from a German and a Jewish perspective. Also a film called ‘Reality 2.0’ about drug trafficking in Mexico, featuring rotoscoped images of provocative youtube footage.
When the films become available online, we will feature them, but for now you will have to keep an eye out for them on the festival circuit.