Doker 2021 The Winners

The Doker festival in Moscow ended last night. I managed to watch and write about 8 of the films, one short and seven features shown in the main competition. I am a fan of the festival that I have visited once as a juror, and been a juror online (with deliberations via email!) at the first edition of the festival in 2015. Of the flms I saw (online, links from the organizers), 3 of them I have written about, 2 others I have seen but they did not reach the blog in a written form. First the jury’s motivation (the jury: Nikolaus Geyerhalter (Austria), Jordana Berg (Brazil), Maya Kuzina (Russia)): 


We had the chance to see 11 films that impressed us in many ways and showed us once again how important documentary film is, especially in the present, in order to better understand ourselves and the challenges of our society. For example, that equality, tolerance and dignified coexistence of all people, regardless of their sexual orientation, are unfortunately not yet a matter of course everywhere. Or how complex the path to unemployment and retraining can be. One film that impressed us with the humorous observation of its protagonists and which we understand in the broadest sense as a homage to cinema, we would like to mention here: A Special Mention goes to the film “Long Shot” by VLADIMIR GOLOVNEV. We admire Vladimir’s perseverance, enthusiasm and care for the film culture in Russia, and hope to see more of his films in the future.

And here comes the winners with quotes from what I wrote about the films :


HER MOTHERS by Asia Dér & Sári Haragonics (Hungary)”Oh, I Iove that film because it gets so close to the couple Virag and Nora that you can really sense their love to each other and the small and bigger crisis they experience, when they, a lesbian couple, succeed in adopting a girl, two and a half years old, Meli(ssza) and start bringing her up…”


A NEW SHIFT by Jindřich Andrš (Czech Republic)” it is good because of the miner Tomas, who becomes the IT programmer Tomas. The director has followed Tomas for four years in his struggle to get a new education – his doubts, his warm realitionship to his children, his dating to find a new partner, his café talks with friends, his passion for Banik Ostrava, the football team he supports… »


DIRTY FEATHERS by Carlos Alfonso Corral (USA – Mexico) Cinematographer – Nini Blanco. Of course it should have this award because of the astonishingly beautiful b/w images that portray the outcasted characters close to Mexico in the US. 


HER MOTHERS by Asia Dér & Sári Haragonics (Hungary) Editor – Flóra Erdélyi


LONG SHOT by Vladimir Golovnev (Russia) Agree with the jury’s words above – here is a talented homage to Cinema!


THE WAR OF RAYA SINITSINA by Efim Graboy (Israel) ”  The debutant Efim Graboy works brilliantly with several layers and in different styles and it all comes well together in the good story that Raisa, 94 years old, but strong and not afraid to say her opinion or show her emotions, delivers to Fima, the name she uses for the director…

Information on the winners in the short film competition, see

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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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