DOK Leipzig rallies for cancelled Syrian doc fest

Organizers of German doc festival DOK Leipzig will screen Syrian films in solidarity with an event dubbed "today's most important Arab documentary film festival."
March 13, 2012

Organizers of Europe’s second largest documentary festival are getting on board DOX BOX Global Day, a global initiative launched by Syria’s DOX BOX Documentary Film Festival in lieu of this year’s event, which cancelled due to the country’s violent civil strife.

On March 15, DOK Leipzig, Passage Kinos Leipzig and 20 other documentary film festivals will support DOX BOX, dubbed “today’s most important Arab documentary film festival,” by presenting four Syrian documentary films from the past decade. In between the screenings, festival director Claas Danielsen and Edgar Blume, head of shuttered Aleppo Goethe-Institut in Damascus will discuss the conflict.

“We call upon the international community to take effective measures at last to end the bloodshed and prevent a civil war in Syria,” Danielsen said in a statement.

Among the selected films to be screened is director Omar Amiralay’s A Flood in Baath Country, which delivers a devastating critique of President Bashir al-Assad’s regime in the wake of a Euphrates river dam failure, and Tournesols – Al-Rastan, a doc about the people living in a small town near the city of Homs, the focal point of the resistance movement.

The International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film takes place annually in Leipzig, Germany and is the oldest documentary festival in the world. The 55th edition will take place October 29 to November 4, 2012.

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