Doku Arts

Zeughauskino Berlin

Thank you to all filmmakers, speakers, guests, partners, supporters and to our audience! We are happy with the successful outcome of an inspiring and diverse anniversary edition of DOKU.ARTS and hope to see you again next year.


The tenth edition of the International Festival for Films on Art DOKU.ARTS opens with Notes on Blindness, an essay film on blindness.

Chris Marker’s Sans Soleil (‘sunless’) ranks as one of the most influential essay films of all
time. The theme of seeing and the inability to see, the introspective approach and a philosophy of the moving image provide engaging impulses for this year’s anniversary programme.

Essay films have evolved over the course of the 21st century into an independent art form. Moreover, for the last 15 years or so, they have been experiencing a boom in museums and galleries; deserving a larger audience via cinema and television, the art form has found its niche.

The history, evolution and tradition of essayistic cinema and television can be traced back to directors such as Esther Schub, Dziga Vertov, Hans Richter and Chris Marker. Major European documentarians like Agnès Varda, Hartmut Bitomsky, Alexander Sokurov, Alexander Kluge and Wim Wenders shaped the essayistic cinematic form in the 20th century.

With its ESSAYDOX programme, the tenth edition of DOKU.ARTS introduces this vibrant cinematic form through new films and presents its relevance, ingenuity, poetry and political relevance in the 21st century. Cinematic essays have always been of central importance in DOKU.ARTS festival history.

International Film Festival

The International Film Festival ESSAYDOX presents 22 new documentary and essay films from 16 countries never before shown in Berlin. Moreover, ESSAYDOX offers non-European perspectives on an originally European genre. The festival highlights the diversity and innovative creative freedom in addressing literary and philosophical texts as well as the essay film genre’s potential for image and culture critique. Nearly all the filmmakers will personally present their essay and documentary films.


On Friday, 7 October, an International Symposium will take place in addition to the film programme.