DOK Leipzig announces its Co-Pro Market selection

– 34 projects from 32 countries, including a very first series at the market and four projects spotted at other events will participate in this year’s edition

Director Jasmila Žbanić, whose new project Blum has been selected

DOK Leipzig has announced the selection of its 18th DOK Co-Pro Market, with 34 documentary projects from 32 countries selected from 262 submissions. The event will take place on October 17 and 18 during the festival.

Some of the producers or directors invited to the DOK Co-Pro Market have already shown films at the festival in the past, including Gesa Hollerbach (Everything for the campaign) who arrives with his project Overlay, Balint Revesz (grandma’s project) with Voice off, Jasmila Zbanic (One day in Sarajevo [+see also:
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) with Blum and Suzanne Kim (imagine swimming, Cabinets of Wonders) with Become Kim.

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The presence of Georgian projects is notable, with three films taking part in the market: kartli by Tamar Kalandadze and Julien Pebrel, The Mud Princess by Dea Tcholokava and Georgia boxes by Gvantsa Meparishvili, in which the director accompanies volunteers to a humanitarian aid collection center in Tbilisi that sends vital goods to Ukrainians. During this time at a bit foreign, ukrainian director Svitlana Lishchynska films his Russian-speaking family for more than a year during the Russian attacks on their homeland.

Other projects deal with global topics. In The guilty, spain Marta Duran films young women discussing their decision to have abortions as teenagers; Finnish filmmakers Liinu Gronlund and Okku Nuutilainenit is In a box concerns the commitment of researchers and individuals to save endangered frogs, reptiles and fish species; and in French production Ojos de Agua, free the waters of Chile, co-directors Marion Esnault and Marcelo Lara follow two indigenous Chileans in their struggle to deprivatize water.

In terms of artistic approaches, several projects are based on archival materials, in particular Aylaa Moussait is Become Omer Khairy, Nayibe Tavares-Abelit is Colossal and Sara Timarit is Under the dance floor.

Four projects that the DOK Industry team spotted during partner training initiatives and film markets are also part of the selection: Alexander Belinsky and Agne Dovydaityteit is Baltic UXO (East Doc Platform), Arjun Talwarit is A hole in the wall (Doc Lab Poland Docs to start with), Arnold Aganzeit is Kange (Durban FilmMart) and In the light of darkness (Documents by the sea). A fifth project will be selected during the BDC Discovery Workshop at the end of September.

Finally, the first series project ever put on the market is The sharp end of a knife by Godisamang Khunouwhich features inmates of a women’s prison in Johannesburg serving life sentences after defending themselves against their abusive husbands.

The full list of DOK Co-Pro Market projects is below.

Baltic UXOAlexander Belinsky, Agne Dovydaityte (Lithuania)
Production company: Just a moment

Become KimSuzanne Kim (Germany)
Production company: Neufilm

Become Omer KhairyAlya Moussa (Sudan)
Production Company: Black Balance Artistic Production

A Little StrangerSvitlana Lishchynska (Ukraine)
Production company: Albatros Communicos

BlumJasmila Zbanic (Bosnia and Herzegovina/Croatia)
Production companies: Deblokada, Produkcija Živa

Georgia boxesGvantsa Meparishvili (Georgia)
Production Company: Millimeter Film

ColossalNayibe Tavares-Abel (Dominican Republic)
Production companies: Tavab, Movimiento Cine

The guiltyMarta Duran Lozano (Spain)
Production Company: Boogaloo Films

ErraticThomas Woodroffe (Chile/France)
Production companies: Bloques Erráticos, La Belle Affaire Productions

Marshal Abid Sarkar Sohag (Bangladesh)
Production Company: Bloopers Studios

HazingElyor Nematov (Uzbekistan/Germany)
Production company: Einbahnstraße Productions

Hell has no escape routeGeorgina Wild (UK/South Africa)
Production Company: Try Hard Films

A hole in the wallArjun Talwar (Poland)
Production company: Studio UNI-SOLO

How do I talk to Lydia?Rusudan Gaprindashvili (Germany)
Production Company: Black Market Film Production

In a boxLiinu Gronlund, Okku Nuutilainen (Finland)
Production Company: Tuffi Films

In the light of darkness (Independent)

KangeArnold Aganze (DR Congo)
Production Company: Stone Age Pictures

kartliTamar Kalandadze, Julien Pebrel (France/Georgia)
Production companies: Habilis Productions, Sakdoc Film

love and capitalismBara Tyson Jichova (Czech Republic)
Production company: Cinepoint

The Mud PrincessDea Tcholokava (Georgia)
Production company: 07/17

MUOStersFrancesca Scalissi (Switzerland/Italy)
Production companies: DOK MOBILE, Articolture

North South Male FemaleMorten Traavik, Sun Kim (Norway/South Korea/Latvia)
Production Company: Storm Films

Ojos de Agua, free the waters of ChileMarion Esnault, Marcelo Lara (France)
Production company: Dryades Films

At the edge of my shadowZiad Kalthoum (Germany/France/Palestinian territories)
Production companies: Kaske Film, IDA.IDA Films, Odeh Films

Qashqai Tribe: Once Upon a Time in ShirazHamed Zolfaghari (Iran)
Production Company: Crazy Woodpecker Film Studio

river dreamsKristina Mikhailova (Kazakhstan)
Production company: 24 FPS Film Production Company

Run awayMarika Pecháčkova (Czech Republic)
Production company: Hypermarché Film

The sharp end of a knifeGodisamang Khunou (South Africa)
Production Company: Mogale Pictures

SunsetMilos Jacimovic (Serbia/Montenegro/Croatia)
Production companies: Film House Bas Celik, Meander Film, Propeler Film

Overlay Gesa Hollerbach (Germany)
Production company: CORSO Film

Those who watchKarima Saidi (Belgium)
Production Company: Derivatives

under the dance floorSara Timar (Hungary, France)
Production companies: Little Bus Production, Alter Ego Production

Undisclosed project (India)

Voice offBalint Revesz
Production Company: Roughhouse Project

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