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DOK Leipzig to feature Drew tribute, India program

The 54th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, held from October 17-23, is featuring a two-film retrospective on the work of American direct cinema pioneer Robert Drew (pictured), as well as an interview session and a special 14-film program focusing on Indian filmmakers.
October 14, 2011

The 54th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, held from October 17-23, is featuring a retrospective of American direct cinema pioneer Robert Drew’s work, as well as an interview session with him and a special 14-film program focusing on Indian filmmakers.

Drew, who founded Drew Associates with other doc luminaries such as Richard Leacock, D.A. Pennebaker, Terence Macartney-Filgate and the Maysles brothers, is behind such American direct cinema classics as Primary and Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment.

He will be appearing at the German festival for both a screening of those two films and a DOK Talk Special to be held on Saturday, October 22.

Three German filmmakers will also be honored with special tributes on the occasions of their birthdays. DOK Leipzig will be saluting Gitta Nickel (who turns 75), Jurgen Bottcher (who turns 80) and Kurt Weiler (who has recently turned 90) with select special programs. Nickel and Bottcher will also be attending the festival.

Fourteen films from Indian doc makers comprise the “Filmmakers as Changemakers – the Rhythms of India” program. Projects featured in the program include At the Stairs from Rajesh S. Jala, Oranges and Mangoes from Priyanka Chhabra and Manipur Song from Pankaj Butalia.

Another special program, “1961 Reviewed – When the World was Split in Two,” brings together 30 films from that era; a time when the world was both mired in division through developments such as the Berlin Wall, and attempting to move beyond such separation in some countries, with the desegregation movement in the U.S. gaining traction.

The festival also features 12 documentary films from around the world in its international competition, with the full list found here. Nine films have been entered into the international competition for short documentary, and that list is here.

For more information on this year’s edition of DOK Leipzig, check its website.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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