DOKLeipzig Peaceful Revolution

Every monday the opponents to the GDR regime met at the Nikolai church in Leipzig. With candles in their hands – speeches, “stille und schweigend” as said one of the leaders, former priest at the church, Christian Führer, who also referred to the 70.000 people who formed the “Leipziger Ring” on October 9 1989. “Jetzt oder Nie. Demokratie”.

The other day these important moments in the history of Germany were remembered at an award ceremony full of dignity in the church, where the festival and the Stiftung Friedliche Revolution (Peaceful Revolution) inaugurated the first “Leipziger Ring” prize – a beautiful statue and 5000 Euros. The awarded film was from New Zealand, “There once was an island” about a Polynesian culture about to disappear. Festival director Claas Danielsen referred to an 1983 incident where a group of young people welcomed the foreign guests with candles in their hands protesting against the regime – some of them were sentenced to one year of prison, and expressed his joy to the natural connection between current history and the festival. A very special evening it was with speeches, organ music, and a film screening.

Photo: Friedensgebete in der Leipziger Nikolaikirche, 30. Oktober 1989, Gerhard Gäbler.

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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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