DokuBaku International Documentary Film Festival is announcing its lineup for the second edition of the festival that will take place on October 4-9, 2018. The festival will showcase 38 feature and short films in total from 33 countries. This year’s call for submission attracted 150 film applications out of which 15 shorts and 3 feature films were selected for screening in the main programme.
Short films that have been selected for the main competition were clustered around three themes. Appearing, which features stories about unfamliar people and objects appearing and transforming the space and people. Women that combines stories about women, different paths they take in countries they live, in their personal stories, struggles and courage and sometimes acceptance of their fate. Spaces, which includes stories involving the space, the cities we live in, how they affect us and what kind of memories are linked to them.
The festival will start with the opening film, Ouaga Girls (2017), on October 4 at Baku Puppet Theater. The film is about a group of young women from Ouagadougou who study at a girl’s school to become car mechanics. The protagonists are right in the middle of a crucial point in life when their dreams, hopes and courage are confronted with opinions, fears and society’s expectations of what a woman should be. Using interesting narrative solutions, Theresa Traore Dahlberg depicts their last school years and at the same time succeeds at showing the country’s violent past and present. Screening of most of the films in the main programme will be followed by discussion with filmmakers or experts in the relevant fields. Niklas Küllstrom, the author of Eastern Memories (2017) will be present after the screening to address questions from the audience. Other filmmakers are expected to join the audience through the internet.
Screenings will continue until October 9 and will take place in six different locations across central Baku. Additionally, this year, master classes will be organized by film professionals from Poland, Czech Republic and Finland. The timetable, information about films, and much more can be found in the official
website of the festival.