Festival Focus: Dokufest Kosovo

In the heart of the Balkans, the picturesque and historical city of Prizren hosts the biggest festival in Kosovo and at the same time one of the best festivals in Southeast Europe. Get the perfect summer vibe with our curated program featuring Balkan films screened at Dokufest Kosovo.

This year’s competition of Balkan films includes On the Water by Croatian director Goran Dević, an ironic portrayal of a once industrial city. While the river flowing through the city carried its fame away a long time ago, the people spending their free time in its vicinity still carry remains of this fame within them. On the contrary, the protagonists of Taurunum Boy by Serbian filmmakers Jelena Maksimović and Dušan Grubin are in a tumultuous anticipation of the future. Spending their summer at abandoned places in Belgrade, they are getting ready to come of age with defiance and determination. Zvicra (which means Switzerland in Albanian) looks at the Balkans from the outside. The film follows the large Albanian community in Switzerland whose members do what they can to preserve their Albanian roots although they are now fully integrated Swiss citizens.

About the festival: Dokufest Kosovo combines key global issues, great films, and public debates; all that in a relaxed summer atmosphere accompanied by live concerts. The festival program features around 250 documentaries and short films and boasts open-air cinemas located at the castle amphitheater and over the Prizren Bistrica river. The festival presents six competition sections; besides the Balkans competition, the sections further focus on human rights and environmental themes. Each year, the festival programmers choose the main theme to which they dedicate one film section as well as accompanying exhibitions, debates, workshops and concerts. In 2019, the festival centers on the word “Truth”.

Discover the magic of Balkan films with one of the world’s coolest documentary festivals.

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