Manifesta 14 at DokuFest
DokuFest, an International Documentary and Short Film Festival and the largest film festival in Kosovo, took place last week in Prizren, a city in southern Kosovo. It is recognised as one of the top film and music event in the region, as well as a BAFTA and EFA qualifying festival for short films and documentaries, it fills the cinemas and improvised screening venues around the historic city centre of Prizren, with a selection of more than 200 hand-picked films from around the world.
Manifesta 14 Prishtina partnered with DokuFest for Landscapes of Repair and Resistance, a special programme curated by Manifesta 14 Prishtina Creative Mediator Catherine Nichols, showcasing documentaries from three of the biennial participants.
The programme included three screenings and a discussion, all on the theme of landscape, interweaving this with historical and contemporary narratives of resistance, recovery, healing and repair.
The films featured were:
Uýra – The Rising Forest by Juliana Curi
Landscapes of Resistance by Marta Popivoda
Wild Relatives by Jumana Manna
A conversation between Jumana Manna, Catherine Nichols and Veton Nurkollari was held surrounding Manna’s film “Wild Relative”, and on the question, which also served as the theme for DokuFest overall, “How to Survive?”