DOK Leipzig 28 October – 3 November 2019
62nd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
DOK Leipzig Film Festival



Something is being created in a backyard studio that already exists or rather existed: a cactus field in Syria. The photos of the landscape are measured and categorised from all angles, a visual whole is divided into its parts in order to be reconstructable somewhere else. The cacti come from the 3D printer and sometimes there’s a booming sound in the yard, like an airstrike.

Carolin Weidner


Original Title: Backyard
Country: Germany
Year: 2018
Language: English
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 26 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Khaled Abdulwahed
Producer: Alex Gerbaulet, Ines Meier
Cinematographer: Khaled Abdulwahed
Editor: Khaled Abdulwahed
Sound: Khaled Abdulwahed
Script: Khaled Abdulwahed

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.