The Kosovo film festival Dokufest has become a lifeline for many in the southern city of Prizren. In 2022, against a backdrop of war, pandemic and climate change, the festival asked questions about survival.
The European Film Academy has selected Kosovo’s DokuFest as one of the nominee festivals for the European Film Awards, EFA.
As Kosovo’s most famous film festival roars back to life following the challenges of the pandemic, its founders recall how it all started two decades ago in the back garden of a ruined cinema.
While Dokufest has shifted its entire programme to be showcased online, Anibar’s organisers are holding out hope that some of its open air cinemas will also be able to operate in August.
Poverty, lack of social welfare, migration, violence and suicide were amongst the themes explored by Kosovo’s young filmakers at DokuFest this year, ushering in a potential new era for Kosovar cinema.