100 MILLION VIEWS (Israel, Deutschland 2019, Itamar Rose, DOK.special). Itamar Rose sets out to discover the recipe for YouTube success. Supposedly, anyone can go viral. In his own attempt, the Israeli satirical activist and ineffective content creator comes up against gatekeepers and power monopolies: in short, anything but a democratic environment.
93QUEEN (USA 2018, Paula Eiselt, DOK.panorama). Rachel "Ruchie" Freier from Brooklyn is an Orthodox Jewish woman, mother of six children, lawyer and wildly determined to turn patriarchy in her community upside down: She founds the first volunteer women's rescue service for women. Director Paula Eiselt accompanies the courageous mission. She succeeds in gaining a multi-layered insight into the religious Jewish life of Brooklyn.
A DOG CALLED MONEY (Irland, Großbritannien 2019, Seamus Murphy, DOK.panorama). In search of inspiration for her new album, the musician, PJ Harvey, travels to Afghanistan, Kosovo and Washington D.C. She gathers impressions, voices, sounds and images – and transforms them into music. A poetic symbiosis of text, image and sound.
A THOUSAND GIRLS LIKE ME (Afghanistan 2018, Mani Sahra, DOK.horizonte). Since adolescence Kathera has been abused by her father. Now she is pregnant with her fourth child and has dared to do the unthinkable and report him. The film accompanies the young Afghani woman in her fight for justice.
ADVOCATE (Israel, Kanada, Schweiz 2019, Rachel Leah Jones, Philippe Bellaiche, DOK.international). “I’m the lawyer who always loses,” Lea Tsemel remarks. The Israeli human rights activist represents those who the nationalists call Palestinian terrorists. Tsemel talks about freedom fighters. In the fiery political climate, she speaks out for justice tirelessly.
ANNIVERSARY OF THE REVOLUTION – GODOVSHCHINA REVOLYUTSII (Russland 2018, Nikolai Izvolov, DOK.guest). Film art amid revolution and civil war. In this restored version of his debut work, the film pioneer, Dziga Vertov documents Russia between 1917 and 1918. A masterpiece from the early days of cinema.
ANOTHER LIFE (Österreich, Deutschland 2019, Jan Prazak, Student Award). Alex lives as a hermit in Ireland and spends his days in the company of the animals he shares his home with. He lovingly takes care of injured sea birds. Alex doesn’t speak much about his earlier life but, little by little, we get to know the background to his radical lifestyle.
ANTHROPOCENE: THE HUMAN EPOCH (Kanada 2018, Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas De Pencier, DOK.focus humaNature). Every year up to 100 billion tonnes of material is removed from the earth. Three quarters of the areas of our planet that are not covered in ice are cultivated or inhabited by people. In powerful images the filmmakers document the dominance of humans over our planet.
AQUARELA (Dänemark, Deutschland, Großbritannien 2018, Victor Kossakovsky, DOK.focus humaNature). In deeply poignant and beautiful images AQUARELA conveys the transformative power of the element of water in its various states. An overwhelmingly sensual journey around the globe.
ARCHITEKTUR DER UNENDLICHKEIT – ARCHITECTURE OF INFINITY (Schweiz 2018, Christoph Schaub, Best of Fests). “The centre is everywhere and the circumference is nowhere,” wrote Nicholas of Cusa about the universe in the 15th century. Churches are places that protect and liberate. Spiritual space, architecture, art. And finiteness. Everyone is their own architect of infinity.
ARRI AMIRA Award 2019: REDISCOVERY – GENOPDAGELSEN (Dänemark 2019, Phie Ambo, DOK.focus humaNature). 47 young people spend ten weeks fending for themselves on an abandoned construction site. What sounds like an adventure holiday is an excursion into grassroots democracy. Here, rules are discussed, an economic system created and the question asked: what is learning?
ASTOR PIAZZOLLA – THE YEARS OF THE SHARK (Argentinien, Frankreich 2018, Daniel Rosenfeld, DOK.panorama). A rebel, charmer and exceptional artist. In the 1950s, the Argentinian musician, Astor Piazzolla, created the Tango Nuevo – much to the irritation of his critics. His son, Daniel, allows us access to the extensive family archive for the first time. A dazzling film full of love for rhythm and melody.
AUS LIEBE ZUM ÜBERLEBEN (Deutschland 2019, Bertram Verhaag, Münchner Premieren). An agriculture that does without poisons and monocultural excesses? Munich director Bertram Verhaag shows eight farmers who have devoted themselves with courage and passion to a different kind of agriculture: Out of respect for nature.
BASTARD IN MIND (Deutschland 2018, Sobo Swobodnik, DOK.deutsch). The diagnosis: an aneurysm in the brain. Then follow two nightmarish months during which we accompany the filmmaker. An essayistic audio-visual collage, in which Sobo Swobodnik shows us what it means to live with a potentially fatal condition.
BEFORE FATHER GETS BACK – SANAM MAMA DABRUNDEBA (Georgien, Frankreich, Deutschland 2018, Mari Gulbiani, DOK.horizonte). Teenagers Iman and Eva take part in a film course at their school in a small Georgian village and document their everyday life. Meanwhile their father is far away in Syria fighting for the Islamic State. Radical transformations captured in calm sequences.