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DOK Leipzig Introduces New Programmer and Selection Committee Members


Prior to its upcoming 60th edition, DOK Leipzig announces staff changes in the programming department. The curator, lecturer and film publicist Ralph Eue is taking over as programmer and head of the selection committee. Additionally, three new staff members will join the selection committee which determines which films become part of DOK Leipzig's Official Selection.

New programmer at DOK Leipzig: Film publicist Ralph Eue
Photo credit: Susann Jehnichen

With Ralph Eue becoming new programmer and head of the selection committee, DOK Leipzig has appointed a long-time contributor and industry veteran as part of its staff. Ralph Eue had previously been in charge of press relations at the Tobis Filmkunst distribution company and worked as an advisor for the Berlinale. He has further been a curator and selection committee member at DOK Leipzig since 2007. Apart from his festival work, he also teaches film history and film theory at the Universität der Künste in Berlin and at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie (DFFB).

"We want to pursue something that is key to DOK Leipzig, that is enabling audiences to feel tangibly that documentary and animated films really have the power to soak up and express present realities. The films that I envisage in the programme are ideally films with transformative power, that make a viewer into somebody different, films that absolutely had to be made and whose urgency comes across. For me, the traditions and attitudes associated with DOK Leipzig are precious. I am pleased that I will be co-responsible for developing the programme."

The selection committee will also be acquiring three new members this year: The filmmaker and media educator Leopold Grün ("Der Rote Elvis"), the curator and film educator Luc-Carolin Ziemann and another member yet to be confirmed will join André Eckardt, Zaza Rusadze and the new chair Ralph Eue to decide which films become part of DOK Leipzig's Official Selection.

"Thanks to our new team members and organisational changes, we will consolidate the creative processes in programming and benefit from different voices to develop a coherent, pioneering programme that is expressed strongly," explains Leena Pasanen. "As the world's oldest festival for documentary and animated films, we always explore the trends in artistic documentary and animated film, in Germany and internationally. Therefore, we need the expertise of different specialists. I look forward to productive work with inspiring team members and to close cooperation with Ralph Eue, who has been enriching DOK Leipzig with his knowledge and creativity for years."

More information can be found on the DOK Leipzig website.

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