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Lakeside Doc Festival

The Lakeside Doc Festival is a space for intensive viewing of benchmark and award-winning international documentaries. The festival focuses on serious, creative documentaries on wide-ranging themes of human interest. The weightage is on films that reflect a high professional level of the art and craft of the documentary.

The setting is a non-metropolitan central Himalayan forest and lakeside in Naukuchiatal. There are no parallel events. Guests enjoy an unadulterated experience of viewing documentaries.

The festival began as a self-funded event in co-operation with DOK Leipzig of Germany in 2013. Over the years, partnerships have extended to Film Festival Locarno-The Semaine (Switzerland), Cinema du Reel (France) and Krakow Film Festival (Poland). Each year, over three days, short and long creative documentaries are screened, representing nearly as many countries. Panel Discussions and Documentary Appreciation Workshops are included as per feasibility.

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The Lakeside Doc Festival is presented by Formedia in association with and at The Lake Resort, Naukuchiatal, District Nainital, Uttarakhand, India.

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The Lakeside Doc Festival is presented by Formedia  at The Lake Resort, Naukuchiatal, District Nainital, Uttarakhand, India. The festival focusses on serious, creative documentaries on wide-ranging themes of human interest.

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7th Lakeside Doc Festival 2019 – PROGRAMME

15/03/2019

THE DEMINER

3:30 pm - 4:50 pm

The Lake Resort , Naukuchiatal

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15/03/2019

THE DEMINER

Hogir Hirori, Shinwar Kamal, 81’, Sweden, 2018

3:30 pm - 4:50 pm

The Lake Resort , Naukuchiatal

15/03/2019

HAPPY

5:15 pm - 6:30 pm

The Lake Resort , Naukuchiatal

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15/03/2019

HAPPY

Carolin Genreith, Germany, 85’, 2016

5:15 pm - 6:30 pm

The Lake Resort , Naukuchiatal

16/03/2019

THE POETESS,

10:15 am - 11:45 am

The Lake Resort , Naukuchiatal

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16/03/2019

THE POETESS,

Stefanie Brockhaus, Andreas Wolff, 90’, Germany, 2017

10:15 am - 11:45 am

The Lake Resort , Naukuchiatal

16/03/2019

DOWN THE DEEP, DARK WEB,

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

The Lake Resort , Naukuchiatal

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16/03/2019

DOWN THE DEEP, DARK WEB,

Tzachi Schiff, Duki Dror, Israel, France, 56’, 2016

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

The Lake Resort , Naukuchiatal

16/03/2019

THE RUNNING HAWKER

3:15 pm - 04:45 pm

The Lake Resort , Naukuchiatal

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16/03/2019

THE RUNNING HAWKER

Abhijnan Sarkar / Chandan Biswas, 95’, India, 2017

3:15 pm - 04:45 pm

The Lake Resort , Naukuchiatal

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PICKLE @ Lakeside Doc Festival ,Naukuchiatal

This film is about an elderly couple who have lived a lifetime caring for all kinds of animals and birds.

“Let us reflect on the brief existence of Pickle the fish.” Although he could not swim, he was lovingly cared for by a couple that kept him propped up in a sponge.

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HAPPY @ Lakeside Doc Festival ,Naukuchiatal

The gap between a parent and a child can show up in any generation, in any part of the world – and in strange ways.

This film is the Director’s quest to thoroughly understand what has prompted her retired father to decide that he should seek happiness with a young Thai woman . 

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DOWN THE DEEP, DARK WEB @ Lakeside Doc Festival

The Internet is a maze that few of us truly know or fully comprehend.

Hackers, Cypherpunks and crypto-anarchists guide us ever deeper down this rabbit hole, uncovering the hidden light at the bottom of the deep, dark web.

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DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE?@ Lakeside Doc Festival

For women, match-making is an irresistible pre-occupation. Not something restricted to one country or the other.

Even though Tova does not believe in love, she has had a remarkable success as a matchmaker, though she is mostly confined to bed.

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YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU @ LDF

The personal traumas of women reflect themselves in myriad ways, often affecting close relationships. Particularly between mothers and daughters.

In this exceptional film, during a mother and daughter’s intimately filmed sessions with a psychotherapist, blame, grief and anger gradually make way for reconciliation.

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AN UNFRAMED PORTRAIT @ Lakeside Doc Festival

Films about personal relationships are an intricate web that reflect different personalities.This film is a personal journey of director Avani Rai, who follows her father, the famous Indian photographer, Raghu Rai.

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HOUSTON, We Have A Problem! @ Lakeside Doc Festival

Less said about this film the better. Except that it is a big story that makes us face the question: what is truth and what is a lie?

This intriguing docu-fiction explores the myth of the secret multi-billion-dollar deal behind America’s purchase of Yugoslavia’s clandestine space program in the early 1960s.


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THE POETESS @ Lakeside Doc Festival ,Naukuchiatal

How safe it is to brand a country as this or that. Who would think there could be a film like this about Saudi Arabia?

The Poetess is the inspiring story of a woman risking her personal safety and seizing an opportunity, live on TV in front of 75 million viewers, to use her wit and lyricism to critique patriarchal society and religious extremism and to urge for a more peaceful Islam.


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THE RUNNING HAWKER, @ Lakeside Doc Festival

Sellers on trains, a side-story for most of us, if at all we travel in such trains.

The film follows the lives of running hawkers on the trains of South Bengal in India. These hawkers belong to that overwhelming majority of India’s working population (over 90%) who are frequently described as ‘informal’.


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