DOK Leipzig 29 October – 4 November 2018
61st International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
DOK Leipzig Film Festival



A workshop, its windows sealed with duct tape. An old man solders and turns screws, eats lunch out of plastic containers, crawls into a sleeping bag at night. In 1973 Tom Ward and eleven other men set sail from the coast of Ecuador to Australia – on wooden rafts. Today he lives a retired life. At the time, Ward recorded stunning images of the expedition: the ocean sloshing over the raft, cloudy red skies. Now they are back on the screen – in his son Chris’s film.

Lukas Stern


Original Title: Drift
Country: USA
Year: 2016
Language: English
Subtitle: No
Runtime: 21 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Chris Ward
Producer: Chris Ward
Cinematographer: Chris Ward
Editor: Chris Ward
Sound: Cheng Zheng
Music: Jay Purdy, Chris Ward

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig 2018 catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author's name. All articles where no author’s name is given are production notes.