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

Commanders – Chairmen – General Secretaries 6

Commanders – Chairmen – General Secretaries 6

Communism was, respectively is, not a story of white-skinned men. Assembled here: four films of rebellious power which raise this essentially self-evident message like a flag. Some may look like secret messages, others like material for the study of race, class and gender relationships, but they are all gems – works that can be seen as documents or as monuments. Preferably both.

They also establish references and proximities that were rated irrelevant and swept under the carpet or even accused of heresy in the official history of the leftist movement (which never existed only in the singular anyway!). Rosa Luxemburg, Jean Genet and Angela Davis, along with Kathleen and Eldridge Cleaver – that could be a fine alternative ancestral gallery of communism! Or, come to think of it, a whole alternative history!

Ralph Eue


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.