If you are living in Europe and you happen to be into short movies and documentaries, you’ve probably heard the name DokuFest before.
As for you, who happen to be outside Europe, or for you who happen to live in Europe but still had not the chance to participate in this festival, I’ll try to do a brief introduction about it.
The city I live in is called Prizren, and it’s a beautiful city I must add, but after the war, the situation here got a bit gloomy, and the people, tired and exhausted by the war lacked the will to do anything.
But 13 years ago, a man named Veton Nurkollari(which we all call “Uncle”), had this brilliant idea to add more beauty to our already beautiful city and revive its spirit.
Uncle, gathered a small number of strong-willed individuals(Aliriza Arenliu, Mahir Shehu, Eroll Shporta, Ferdi Limani, Orhan Kerkezi, Arijan Bekqeli, Burim Myftiu, Nita Deda) and started a project to bring the cinema back to our city, cause Prizren had always been known for being a city of art and culture.
They started a small festival about short movies and documentaries which in 13 years grew up to be a worldwide known festival. Yes, I know, we still are not on the same level as the festival of Cannes, but we are getting there, slowly, but surely.
I won’t lie, in this festival you won’t see your everyday action-packed Hollywood movie, no, in this festival there will be more than 200 intense documentaries from all over the world about emotions, politics, war, dreams, life and death and everything that the human mind had seen and has been able to imagine. These movies will be screened on 7 different cinemas during 9 days of festival.
Dokufest has some other side-projects such as:
DokuPhoto – Where renowned photographers expose their work.
Dokukids – Where kids will have the chance to engage in different creative activities.
Dokunights – The movies are usually screened during the day, but don’t worry, when the night comes you can enjoy yourself with good music. DJ’s, singers and bands from Kosovo and outside of Kosovo will be there to entertain you.
Also, a new feature to this year’s DokuFest will be the DokuTech, whose main purpose will be to teach people of the technological innovations through connectivity, content, openness and security.
Workshops – There will also be workshops for young and aspiring filmmakers, hosted by renowned figures of the film-industry.
So, here’s what happens in my city now; Every year, in August, our Uncle(Veton Nurkollari) turns the switch on and our city is filled with lights and people who travel here from all over the world. Different colors, different genders, different heights, different social standings… all gathered here, all equal.
And one more thing for which you may wonder, “Why it’s named DokuFest and not DocuFest”(since it’s about documentaries). Well, In our language(Albanian) the word “Doku” when translated in English it would mean something like, “Be there”.
So, all I can say to you now is, DOKU(Be there) in DokuFest. We would be more than happy to welcome you.
If you are interested in more information about the festival, check the official site of :DokuFest.
That’s all I had to say; Now enjoy some handpicked photos by me 😀