Festival Special: Dokufest Kosovo

Explore the hottest new films in Balkan cinema! In special cooperation with the programmers of Dokufest Kosovo, we have carefully selected the best that this renowned festival has to offer. A series of short and feature-length documentaries, all of which competed at the festival, are waiting for you to push play in our Balkan Dox section.

Turkish director Deniz Tortum has shot a remarkable documentary called Phases of Matter, which will take you on an unconventional and surprisingly detailed tour of the hospital where he was born and where his father worked for 30 years of his life. In a patient and unobstructive fashion, the camera closely monitors the hospital's daily activities through the eyes of its employees. The film received its world premiere at the Rotterdam Film Festival.

But if the sight of blood makes you a bit squeamish, then perhaps you should head to the peaceful countryside in the middle of the Bosnian mountains where the short film Then Comes the Evening takes place. This documentary portrait of grandmothers and their relationship with nature has managed to win director Maja Novaković multiple awards, paving the way for countless other film festivals.

The world premiere of The Infidel by Bosnian director Nejra Latić Hulusić was also screened at Dokufest Kosovo. In her film, she explores the notion of how difficult repatriation can be for people who decided to join religious extremist groups.

Dokufest Kosovo is one of the most popular festivals in Southeast Europe, hosted by the historic city of Prizren right in the heart of the Balkans. Apart from just a few banners advertising this year’s festival, you probably couldn’t find a single trace of Dokufest Kosovo even happening this past month. That’s because like many other festivals before it, Dokufest Kosovo decided to go virtual this year and screen its films entirely online. But even despite being an all-digital event, the festival still managed to screen a total of 90 competing films from more than 51 countries. The program once again covered important global topics and included though-provoking films paired with online debates with the filmmakers and other invited guests.

Selected films

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