save the date: symposium nuances now oct 11


“Maxima in Minimis“, or, to use an expression of German scholar and film director Alexander Kluge, “The Devil’s Blind Spot”, are two ways to paraphrase the meaning of “nuance”. Today, more than ever, nuances play a crucial role as an antidote to the polarization of political and cultural discourse. The twelfth edition of DOKUARTS, our festival of films about art and artists, develops intuition and sensibility for the use and understanding of nuances within the audiovisual realm. It highlights the nuanced documentary film as a 21st-century art form which is, in equal measure, historically charged and forward-looking. The presented films all demonstrate a keen understanding of shades and overtones, of complex tensions, turbulence, and ambiguities.


The international festival presents 25 films about art from 17 different countries, including Brazil, Mexico, Iran, Lebanon, China, and Pakistan. More than half of the cinematic work is either created by women directors or features female artists. All films are shown in Berlin for the first time, most of them as German premiere. Many of the filmmakers will be present to introduce their work; among them are documentaries featuring:

Mania Akbari, Miles Davis, Ida Haendel, Jacqueline de Jong, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Miloš Forman, Seamus Heaney, Toyo Ito, Naomi Kawase, Buster Keaton, Maleonn (Ma Liang), Piet Oudolf, Ziva Postec, Paula Rego and Orson Welles.


This year’s symposium will look at the current relevance of nuance and discuss its significance in the realm of documentary filmmaking. Speakers are Sarah Cooper (Professor of Film Studies, King’s College London), Matthias Dell (film, television, and theatre critic), Britta Hartmann (Professor of Film Studies and Audiovisual Media Culture, University of Bonn), Christoph Hübner (filmmaker) and Rania Stephan (artist and filmmaker).
Detailed information can be found here.