THE FILM PROGRAMME OF DOK.fest MÜNCHEN @HOME
DOK.fest München 2021 @home came to a close on 23 May. 131 films from 43 countries were shown.
Here you can find an overview of all the films. The programme booklet can be viewed here.
MOTHERS (China 2013, Xu Huijing, DOK.guest Canada). Rong Rong, a prospective teacher who lives in the Chinese countryside refuses to be sterilised. She is pursued by a committee, 90% of which are men. The film is a captivating account of the cynical implementation of Chinese demographic policy in rural areas.
DREAMCATCHER (United Kingdom, United States 2015, Kim Longinotto, DOK.international). Brenda, a former prostitute, has made it her business to give young women in Chicago a better future. She tirelessly fights with the Dreamcatcher Foundation for victims of violence and prostitution. She never denounces them but instead gives the women what they need: love and hope.
LA MORT DU DIEU SERPENT – DEATH OF THE SERPENT GOD (France 2014, Damien Froidevaux, DOK.horizonte). 20 year-old Koumba is thrown out of France. She has to go back to Senegal, a land that she doesn’t know – she was just two years old when she and her parents left for Paris. In this sensational long-term observation, LA MORT DU DIEU SERPENT depicts what can happen after deportation.
THE GROUND BENEATH THEIR FEET (United States 2014, Nausheen Dadabhoy, DOK.horizonte). Ruqiya and Khalida were paralysed by the massive earthquake in North Pakistan in 2005. This touching long-term observation accompanies the two women over five years. Will they find their place in a society that in actual fact has not envisaged one for them?
IF MAMA AIN'T HAPPY, NOBODY'S HAPPY (Netherlands 2014, Mae De Jong, Student Award). “If you want to make a film about independent women, shouldn’t you make one about our family?” That is, four generations of women, three of which have managed without men. Tradition? Heredity? The daughter scrutinises her life. Is her destiny predetermined by her great-grandmother, grandmother and mother?
THE DOG (United States 2014, Allison Berg and Mr. Frank Keraudren, DOK.panorama). The feature film, DOG DAY AFTERNOON, starring Al Pacino is based on the true story of John Wojtowicz. In 1972 John robbed a bank in Brooklyn so he could pay for his transsexual partner’s gender reassignment… Through archive material and candid interviews, this spectacular story is told once more.
MATCH ME! – HOW TO FIND LOVE IN MODERN TIMES (Germany 2014, Lia Jaspers, Münchner Premieren). Love in the age of self-fulfilment. This entertaining film shows what an individual’s search for a partner can be like today – far beyond the well-known dating portals. It is amusing, exciting and astonishing to accompany Sarah, Johanna and Sampsa on their path to find love.
THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK (United States 1984, Robert Epstein, DOK.special). "You gotta give ’em hope!” Harvey Milk’s election speech is legendary. He was involved in the US Civil Rights movement as a gay martyr. Robert Epstein’s in depth portrait conjures up the spirit of the 1970s, when the private was also always very political.