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From the 6th to the 10th of April, the eighth „Dokumentarfilmwoche“ is going to take place in several cinemas all over Hamburg. The festival is a compilation of international, award-winning documentations and such that are filmed by private artists that try to create and share their visions without any financial support and wouldn’t have the possibility to show their work on a big cinema screen if this week devoted to documentaries didn’t exist.
“Documentaries expand our view of the world.” That is why the organizer wanted to focus on this type of film. They draw our attention to certain issues in our environment, society and in the whole world. While watching documentaries you can learn a lot of undiscovered details or even recognize the small things and problems around you and your community that you haven’t noticed before.
Since the first time the festival took place, 5 categories were established. The first category is called “direkt“. It includes films that focus on socially relevant themes and try to represent opinions that normally don’t get attention in the mass media. The category “Horizont“ tries to pick out issues that are unusual themes to our average everyday-lives. Another category called „binnennachfrage“ was just established this year as a representation of Hamburg-related topics or made by people living in Hamburg. There are a few more categories which deal with music or biographies.
The cinemas that take part in this are “Lichtmess“, “3001-Kino”, “Metropolis”, and “B-Movie”. After enjoying the films you can stop by at “Kuchnia” for a bite to eat or a nice talk about what you just absorbed. If you want to know where exactly they are located you can find a list of the venues on the homepage of the festival.
In those five days, a total of 46 films will be shown. The film week will begin on the 6th of April at 8 p.m. at Metropolis with the film “Die Wahrheit über Dracula” from the category “Horizont”.
Furthermore, and for everybody who can’t wait for the week to start, there is a short presentation of two films about photography on the 4th of April on 8.15 p.m. at “3001-Kino”.
For those f you eager to not only read about all of this in English, but to talk about this in English, here comes your possibility: on Thursday 7th, there is a discussion at “Lichtmess” about film-funding. So everyone interested in financial support for their own documentaries should definitively stop by.
Another English discussion takes place on Saturday 9th in the context of a competition. Since 2009 the Dokufilmwoche Hamburg bestows an award, the “Klaus-Wildehan-Preis”, on a film from the category “direkt” as this section deals with political documentations where aesthetics and creative design usually don’t play that big a role. Even so, these films have been trying to change this situation and to show current political or social problems without relinquishing esthetic properties. The awards ceremony takes place at 7.30 pm. For all of those who want to engage in a discussion with all of the filmmakers, you will have the possibility two hours before the award ceremony in “B-Movie”. So everybody take your time and come!