October 4-15, 2023

After three long years, we are delighted to finally announce our next festival edition: DOKUARTS will take place from October 4th to October 15th, 2023, thanks to the renewed support of Berlin’s Capital Cultural Fund.

This year, our programming will focus on the theme Visual Alterity.

DOKUARTS will move its program to three new venues: Kino in der Kulturbrauerei, BrotfabrikKino and KLICK Kino. A fourth venue will be the Haus für Poesie.

All DOKUARTS news will be published in our newsletter.

The project DOKUARTS Visual Alterity presents and examines the filmic look at the Other. How is the self, understood here as “identity in flux”, shaped through the encounter with the Other?

Since the beginnings of philosophy, philosophers, particularly in the field of ethics, have engaged in the thinking about the Other/ the Stranger. Among them, Emmanuel Levinas is known for his lifelong preoccupation with the Other, and the alterity of the Other, which forms the center piece of his ethics. Today, his work is experiencing a renaissance not only in the realm of identity politics and universalistic thought but also notably in the field of film studies. Even though Levinas himself rarely references the arts, his ethical concept of the “Face-to-Face relation” provides countless possibilities for re-evaluating the complex relationship between ethics and aesthetics.

DOKUARTS Visual Alterity addresses this relationship with a focus on the expressiveness, diversity, and reflexivity of the documentary film. The selection of films focusses on artistic work processes, unusual biographies and essay films that testify to the transformational potential of identities. The nowadays much-talked-about contextualization of the artistic work is realized in many of the selected documentary films which explore their subjects in a personal and unformatted way, outside the rules and standards of the TV broadcasting companies.

Which aesthetic strategies are characteristic for the ethical practices within the context of documentary film? How does the art of documentary film empower the voice of the Other?