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DOK Leipzig: Silver Dove Lands in Poland

Argentinian Lesson by Polish filmmaker Wojciech Staroń received the Silver Dove Award at the 2011 DOK Leipzig (Oct 17 - 23). Carmen Losmann's Work Hard - Play Hard earned three jury awards; Alina Rudnitskaya's I Will Forget This Day took the MDR Film Prize. In the Generation DOK category, Honourable Mentions went to Bakhmaro and Phnom Penh Lullaby.

DOK Leipzig - 54th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
October 17 - 23, 2011
Leipzig / Germany


International Competition - Documentary Films

Winner: Silver Dove Award for documentary films over 45 minutes

Argentinian Lesson

Production company: Staron Film

Argentyńska lekcja , Poland, 2011, 56 min, Digi Beta, Creative, Personal View, Society, Travel

In 1998 Wojciech Staroń made the documentary film "The Siberian Lesson". The film told the story of a young teacher who emigrated to the vicinity of Lake Baikal in order to teach Polish deportees’ descendants their native language. Many years later, as a married couple with two children, the director and his wife are leaving for Argentina. For their little son, this trip will not only be an encounter with an unknown language. Influenced by their Argentinian friend, Janek enters the fascinating world of imagination, and is introduced to the bitterness of childhood prematurely contaminated by the problems of grown-ups.

East Silver 2011 / Silver Eye Award nominee


Winner: Healthy Workplaces Film Award for best documentary film about the subject of work
Winner: Ecumenical Jury Prize
Winner: FIPRESCI Prize

Work Hard - Play Hard

Director: Losmann Carmen
Producer: Winker Erik
Production company: HUPE Film - und Fernsehproduktion GbR, ZDF - Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen

Work Hard - Play Hard , Germany, 2011, 90 min, DVD, HD, Creative, Personal View, Social Issues

A documentary about the removal of boundaries in the workplace. Man, as the most important motor of growth in our highly skilled Western service society, has become the focus of modern management practices. By following these different procedures, the film explores companies’ efforts to motivate their employees so that they give their maximum performance. From innovative office architecture that is supposed to create a whole world of emotions for employees, to the complete digital registration of employees’ personality traits, the workingman has now entered the matrix of a total working world.

East Silver 2011

International Short Documentary Competition

MDR Film Prize for an excellent East European documentary film
Honourable Mention for documentary films under 45 min

I Will Forget This Day

Producer: Telnov Alexey
Production company: Saint-Petersburg Documentary Film Studio

Ya zabudu etot den , Russia, 2011, 25 min, 35 mm, Beta SP, Creative, Gender, Social Issues

You can forget. You have to forget. It's impossible to forget... A woman's feelings and thoughts just before having an abortion.

East Silver 2011 / Silver Eye Award nominee / East Silver Caravan


International Young Talent Competition - Generation DOK

Honourable Mention
for an extraordinary film talent


Director: Jashi Salome
Producer: Deckert Heino
Production company: Sakdoc Film, Filmproduktions GmbH, Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, YLE - Finnish Broadcasting Company, Ikon, TVP Kultura, ETV

Bakhmaro , Georgia, Germany, 2011, 58 min, HD, Social Issues, Society

A journey into a lively, yet desolate building in a provincial Georgian town. It once used to be a hotel called ‘Bakhmaro’. At the center of the building there is a restaurant with its walls covered in bright green and orange plastic foam and where the tables are set waiting for customers who rarely come. A Chinese shop, slot machines and a political party office can also be found here. The building is a microcosm sodden with the constant anticipation of change. It is a model of one troubled country with its endless demonstrations and opposition rallies. At the same time the backdrop of political situation only mirrors the life people live here.

Ex Oriente Film 2009 / East European Forum 2009 / Doc Launch 2010 / East Silver 2011 / Silver Eye Award nominee / East Silver Caravan


Honourable Mention for an extraordinary film talent

Phnom Penh Lullaby

Director: Kloc Pawel
Producer: Kloc Pawel
Production company: Parallax

Kołysanka z Phnom Penh , Poland, 2011, 103 min, HD, Creative, Personal View, Portrait, Social Issues

Everyone holds a secret. The secret of the future. Phnom Penh Lullaby is an intimate story of a man looking for love and acceptance. Ilan Schickman left Israel dreaming of a new life. He now lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, with his Khmer girlfriend Saran and daughters Marie, 2 years old, and Jasmine, 6 months, trying to make ends meet as a street fortune teller.

East Silver 2011 / Silver Eye Award nominee


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