Doc Talks under the Fig Tree
When forces of nature spoil what the soul holds dear, then we move the chairs and the big pillows a bit further, looking for a shade. Thought we know that the new one will probably be unnatural and scentless, we do it still simply because we cannot not doc-talk. We feel as if we are under our one and only fig tree every time the thoughts on documentary ventures flow freely, with no reserve.
Standing where we left it last year, eternally thirsty for water, our precious fig tree becomes the symbol of our thirst for storytelling and sharing, for learning from one another, for cherishing other peoples’ art and aesthetics and for looking through other people’s eyes to see layers of reality that make us shiver, layers that we didn’t know existed.
See you there at 6 pm!
Photo-exhibition: “The Faces of MakeDox“
Number 9 is all about the Sagittarius and the self-awareness, which is why we have decided, after a long process of self-reflection, to show ourselves – sincerely, openly, simply and pretty deeply with the help of and in honor of the nine muses. This year we are presenting the faces of the people behind MakeDox using the wet-collodion process – an early photography technique brought back to life by our photographer Sasho N. Alushevski.
The audience will have the opportunity to see them during the festival while those with curios eyes would be able to see how the wet plate photography comes to life and even have their faces photographed during the Wet-place Collodion Workshop at MakeDox – ultimately becoming part of an exhibition in the making.
MakeDox at MCA
Makedox Warm-Up with “The Polish Picnic”
For the 9th time we perform a Copernicus-like overturn, creating a new concept for a better, onion-centric universe, as responsive as Lem’s “Solaris” and as significant as the radio signals of Marie Sklodowska. This year, Poland is in our heart and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Skopje another favorite meeting point, so we decided to open the ninth season right there, with an art-picnic and some Polish music. The MCA’s cinema hall will screen a selection of 10 documentary shorts that have been awarded between 1961 and 2000 at the Krakow Film Festival.
The Polish Picnic is organized in collaboration with the Krakow Film Foundation, the Embassy of Poland in Macedonia and the Film and Video Program of the Museum of Contemporary Art – Skopje.
Workshops for Filmmakers
We envisaged these as a reflection on the professional experiences, ideas and visions of well-established filmmakers, as a rare opportunity to have inspiring and open-minded conversations about the documentary language as a means of expression and to exchange opinions on complex issue of directing reality.
17-19 August | Reality is Directing, We Make Films, Workshop with Pirjo Honkasalo | Museum’s cinema hall and balcony | 10:00 – 13:30
20-22 August | Directing Reality, Workshop with Wojciech Staroń |
Museum’s cinema hall and balcony | 10:00 – 13:30
20 August (Monday) | Panel discussion: “Revolutions are fine, it is what you do the day after that really matters” | 14:00 – 16:00
The author of the fantastic “Cinema Comunisto” Mila Turajlić comes over and brings along her mother Srbijanka Turajlić, who is a protagonist in her latest film “The Other Side of Everything”, to talk about the locked door in their Belgrade apartment and the responsibility of each generation to fight for a better future.
23 August (Thursday) | Panel discussion “The role of the film in the process of deinstitutionalization” | 14:00 – 16:00
Vito Flaker, social work professor from Slovenia, tackles this important issue together with representatives of NGOs working towards deinstitutionalization of culture in Macedonia, directors Damian Nenadić (“Days of Madness”), Anna Zamecka ( “Communion”) and the authors of docu-shorts of our first Documentary Film School “DocuSprouts”.
Skopje – Warsaw… with Love via Maluch
GLOSSARY OF THE HAPPENING
- Kurshumli an, one of the oldest preserved inns in Europe, which also served as a prison and a museum. Today, it is the main venue and the nest of the MakeDox festival.
- Maluch, a small car but a great traveler. A Polish icon! The Balkans has nicknamed it and recognizes it as “Pegla” (eng. clothes iron) or “Peglica” (eng. clothes iron, diminutive). By this car, the friendly Poles came from the north, driving around to the farthest southern point in Europe, bringing love and friendship. The “Peglica” is a real attention catcher that puts a smile on any face!
- Pictograph is the first pictorial representation of words that transmits a complete message through a drawing and the only mean of communication that overcomes all the language barriers.
Тhe “Peglica” is one of MakeDox 2018 trademarks. It will be given a place of honor at Kurshumli An, ready to transport the pictographs – the friendly messages from Skopje to Warsaw. Tzar and MakeDox DocuSprouts have created pictographs on a self-adhesive red and white foil and have glued them on the “Peglica” bodywork. Loaded with onions, MakeDox’s trademark, the car will be ready to carry the visual and olfactory messages on the traveling cinema all the way to Warsaw.
Once the mission is finally completed, the “Peglica” will be given as a present to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Skopje, which was built according to the plans of Polish architects and remains until today the most eminent symbol of the friendship between Poland and Macedonia.
Vladan Carichik – Tzar