10th Anniversary: DOK.network Africa Retrospective


Ten years of DOK.network Africa! Our Africa focus aims to strengthen the perception and representation of the African continent beyond short-lived headlines and stereotypes. In addition to the presentation of African documentaries, cultural exchange with and the promotion of young filmmakers from the African continent is also part of this year's DOK.fest. We look back on this series, which is unique in Germany, and develop perspectives for the future. Under the slogan "I myself am the sun" we show six selected films from six decades – films by African greats (once again) to the screen, curated by film experts and filmmakers from East, West and Southern Africa.

10 years of DOK.network Africa – the retrospective at DOK.fest München 2023

DOK.network Africa – Texts from ten years

Over the past ten years, we have been able to collect a wide variety of great essays and texts related to our DOK.network Africa focus. We are now making them available here for the first time.


African Encounters Panel Discussion

DOK.network Africa director Barbara Off discussed on 06 may 7.30 pm at HFF München with guests what the future holds for filmmakers, audiences and festivals on the continent and abroad – watch the Video recording here.


The films of the retrospective

In six films we present a range from the last decades of African cinema – from the 1970s to the 2020s.

The curators

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of DOK.network Africa at DOK.fest München, six African film professionals were invited to select important African documentaries. Find out who they are.

About DOK.network Africa

About us

An introduction to the project and its African partners. Read more



DOK.network Africa works closely with its African partner festivals throughout the year. 
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African Encounters

Every year at the festival in May, African Encounters focuses on African documentaries and current film-aesthetic and social debates.
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Review 2017-2022

African Encounters 2022: Programme

Four films from the documentary film series Generation Africa were shown on May 06 and 07 2022 as part of African Encounters: The focus is on encounters and exchange with filmmakers from the African continent. Read more


Tiny Mungwe and Don Edkins about Generation Africa

We met Don Edkins and Tiny Mungwe from the South African non-profit media company STEPS, to talk about the Generation Africa documentary film project. Read more


Generation Africa Shifting the Narrative: Film Production

Sam Soko (producer), Martin Pieper (ZDF/arte), Don Edkins (producer STEPS), Florian Schewe (producer), Natascha Schwanke (DW Akademie)


Generation Africa Shifting the Narrative: Migration

Akuol de Mabior (director NO SIMPLE WAY HOME), Claudine Ndimbira (director LEND ME YOUR VOICE), Babucarr Manka (director HOME AGAIN), Tiny Mungwe (producer STEPS)


Africa Day @home 2021: Beyond Diversity

We presented the eighth Africa Day online and live at home – with three films from and about Africa. We also continued the panel discussion in digital format with the topic: Moving Beyond Diversity. Read more


FOLLOW THE NILE Fellowship Programme 2021

Again in 2021, DOK.network Africa proudly presented the fellowship program "Follow the Nile," which offers training in story and treatment development, financing and pitching. Read more


DOK.network Africa on YouTube

The constant platform for new documentary films from Africa, discussions, clips and festival trailers. Browse through our YouTube channel


Africa Day 2020 @home

We presented the seventh Africa Day online and live at home – with three films from and about Africa. We continued the panel discussion in digital format with the theme: Stronger together – translating panafricanism into documentary filmmaking. Read more


Kenya Film Commission

New: FOLLOW THE NILE Fellowship Programme

We are proud to present our new Fellowship Programme FOLLOW THE NILE accompanied by training in story and treatment development, financing and pitching. Read more


Africa Day 2019

Under the motto "East Africa – A Region in Transition?" we looked at modern East Africa beyond exotic colonial romanticism on Africa Day 2019. Read more


Our scholarship holders to visit a Munich school

In exchange with international filmmakers: The DOK.network Africa Redicency Scholarship holders are guests at a Munich school. Read more in German


Africa Day 2018

Under the heading WHAT’S NEXT: YOUNG AFRICAN DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING the Africa Day 2018 gazed into the future of African documentary – with three forward-looking debutfilms and a panel discussion. Read more


DOK.special im Museum Fünf Kontinente

Together with Museum Fünf Kontinente DOK.fest presented two outstanding portraits of women from Cameroon and Burkina Faso and an accompanying discussion event. Read more


Interview with young talents

We ask the two scholarship holders of the DOK.network Africa Residency to what extent the new artistic movement of Afrofuturism marks a turning point for African (documentary) film. Download interview as PDF (in German only)


Africa Day 2017

Under the heading THE FUTURE IS FEMALE!? WOMEN'S PERSPECTIVES IN AFRICAN SOCIETIES the Africa Day 2017 focused on the image of women in African societies. Read more


Masterclass Africa

The DOK.forum Masterclass Africa discussed questions concerning different cultural practices of writing history and their value in modern times. Read more



In cooperation with the Goethe Intsitut and the Steidl Verlag DOK.network Africa presents a photo exhibition about cinemas in Angola.