I was in Moscow last year as member of the short film jury and I have followed the festival since 2015, when I was in the online feature jury – together with – among others – Viktor Kossakovsky. I have great admiration for the work of the team behind the Doker  – The Moscow International Documentary Film Festival. They have now announced their program for 2020, which is to go theatrical, unless the corona situation dictates something else before the dates August 21 – 30. With mask and distance regulations according to the Ministry for All Theatres.

Some words about the main competition that includes 12 titles. I have seen Romanian success « Acasa My Home » by Radu Ciorniciuc (http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/4775/) as well as Danish Eva Mulvad’s « Love Child » (PHOTO) that my colleague at filmkommentaren.dk Allan Berg praised in this Danish language review (http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/4669/) and the Polish « Lessons of Love » by Kasia Mateja and Malgorzata Goliszewska. They are Russian premieres but among the 12 are also world premieres the selected documentaries.

And two quotes from the website of Doker: “Annually DOKer receives more than 2,000 applications from around the world. We have participants not just from Europe and North America, but many filmmakers from lesser-known Asian, African, South American and Oceanian also take part in the festival… « DOKer is the only Documentary Film Festival in Russia where the professional jury evaluates separately the work of the director, the cinematographer, the sound director and the film editor. »

Check the whole program, link below. 

I wish the festival all the best and cross fingers for a situation where the films will be screened in the cinema October as planned.


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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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