108 WORRIES (Deutschland 2014, Markus Wulf, Student Award). “Buddha doesn’t create any worries; therefore, we call him: Buddha. We, living beings keep creating worries; therefore, we are called: living beings.” Everyone has worries: the woman in the shop has depression; the man is anxious about his job; the schoolgirl is nervous before a test. The modern world is busy, hectic and full of worries. In contrast, there is Buddhism, which aims to give order to worries and overcome them. Incidentally, a monk also has worries.
15 CORNERS OF THE WORLD (Poland 2014, Zuzanna Solakiewicz, DOK.panorama). Analogies, metaphors, parables! In this film we see music and hear images. 83 year-old Eugeniusz Rudnik is a Polish pioneer of electro-acoustic music and still creates auditory artworks in his recording studio today. “Silence being distorted” is what he calls his music.
16 YEARS TILL SUMMER (Schottland 2015, Lou McLoughlan, DOK.international). Starting again. A middle-aged man returns to the Scottish Highlands after 16 years in prison to nurse his father but brings a dangerous mix of troubled past and big ambition with him. Set in a remote, achingly beautiful church-going village, the film follows the redeeming relationships Uisdean builds with his father, Calum and lover, Audrey - both excited by the 'new start' Uisdean promises to share with them.
A QUIEN CONMIGO VA – THOSE WHO GO WITH ME (Deutschland, Spanien 2014, Amparo Mejias, DOK.money). A house bought for 140,000 Euro, debts of 240,000 Euro and no roof over their heads: that is the balance sheet of the financial crisis in Spain for Lola and her family. Despite facing eviction and having the bank on their back, this film’s formidable protagonist stands up to those in power.
ABDO (Deutschland 2015, Jakob Gross, Münchner Premieren). In post-revolutionary Cairo, chaotic situations still prevail. In the midst of them is young Abdo –a revolutionary himself and an ultra football fan. Under the most difficult circumstances, he tries to find himself and his place in a tumultuous society.
ABOVE & BELOW (Schweiz, Deutschland 2015, Nicolas Steiner, DOK.special). A hermit in the Nevada desert, a couple in the sewage system under Las Vegas and astronauts in the red desert. This film allows the outcasts to have their say. Their otherness is fascinating and through their stories it becomes clear that there are completely understandable reasons for them being outsiders.
AGORÁ – AGORÁ – FROM DEMOCRACY TO THE MARKET (Griechenland, Deutschland, Katar 2014, Yorgos Avgeropoulos, DOK.money). Greece is facing bankruptcy and has to implement the most drastic austerity programme in history – with fatal consequences for its people. Over four years the film follows what happened during the debt crisis from Greece’s point of view.
ALLE 28 TAGE – EVERY 28 DAYS (Deutschland 2015, Ina Borrmann, Münchner Premieren). Ina and Marc have been a couple for years. Ina never saw herself as a mother but one day the desire to have children was there. What should you do if nature is not cooperating? The film shows first hand the significance of a desire to have children and its influence on relationships and everyday life.
ALWAYS TOGETHER (Tschechische Republik 2014, Eva Tomanová, DOK.panorama). An unconventional life in a forest clearing in the middle of nowhere. A family of outsiders have completely turned their back on modern society and ostensibly live in their own little paradise in the Czech Republic. A social experiment.
ATTENTION: A LIFE IN EXTREMES (Österreich 2014, Sascha Köllnreitner, DOK.panorama). Basejumping, freediving, long-distance cycling – some people would do anything to escape the uniformity of everyday life. Seldom are the agonies and dangers that they take on experienced so sensuously as in this film. A deep insight into the soul of a society that seems to be increasingly losing its human dimension.
AUFROLLEN – DEFEAT YOUR DEMONS (Deutschland 2014, Alexander Menkö, Student Award). “On 13th December 2003 my best friend Philipp leapt to his death – my childhood also died with him. Since that day we - his old clique - stand by his grave every year and ask ourselves, ‘Did we miss something? Could we have prevented his suicide?’” In search of answers we accompany the old friends to the grave.
AUGUST: A MOMENT BEFORE THE ERUPTION (Frankreich, Israel 2002, Avi Mograbi, Retrospektive). August is the cruellest month. This snapshot of an Israeli summer month takes us into the thick of daily conflicts: racism, fear and despair. A self-deprecating and courageous statement on the state of a nation.
AUS DEM ABSEITS – FROM THE SIDELINE (Deutschland 2015, Simon Brückner, DOK.deutsch). The filmmaker, Simon Brückner, goes in search of his long-deceased father, one of the central figures of the German students’ movement. A picture of a multi-faceted character emerges and a piece of German history is retold.
BALAGAN (Frankreich, Deutschland 1993, Andres Veiel, DOK.special). An explosive stage production against the Holocaust. Three Israeli actors: Khaled, the Palestinian; Madi, the Jew; and Moni, the child of Israeli Jews and himself a practising othodox Jew. Using highly vivid images they face up to their history – going right up to the pain barrier.