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.
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.
DIE HÄLFTE DER STADT – HALF THE TOWN (Deutschland 2015, Pawel Siczek, DOK.international). What connects a photograph, the Second World War and a young couple? Set in the town of Kozienice, which was divided between the Polish and the Germans, the film follows Jewish photographer, Chaim Berman, through his family history, political persecution and work.
FAMILY BUSINESS (Deutschland 2014, Christiane Büchner, DOK.deutsch). Anna is a somewhat grumpy, frail old lady who requires care that her daughter can no longer provide. Jowita is the Polish elderly care nurse who is meant to look after her. A case study of a topic that will become more and more important in the future.
NADESHDA (Deutschland 2015, Anna Frances Ewert, Falk Müller, Student Award). Nadeshda is one of Bulgaria’s biggest Roma ghettos: a closed town within a town. The place has its own particular rules and problems and there are few chances to escape. We follow three children, Misho, Zorka and Tsveti, on a journey through the ghetto, learning to play the violin in a music project or somehow coming to terms with living in a garage. Yet they dream of a future beyond the ghetto and most of all beyond ostracism and prejudice.
SOMETHING BETTER TO COME (Dänemark, Polen 2014, Hanna Polak, DOK.international). A totally normal life, like most people take for granted, is a long way away for Yula. She lives in Europe’s biggest landfill site, a few kilometres from Moscow. The only thing left for her is hope for a better future. Far from social romanticism and without dwelling on misery, in poetic images the film tells a present-day fairytale of humanity in an inhumane world.
THE QUEEN OF SILENCE (Polen, Deutschland 2014, Agnieszka Zwiefka, DOK.international). Denisa is partially deaf and battles her way through the tough everyday life in a Roma community somewhere in Poland. The ten-year-old has never learned to talk, yet she loves to dance and to create her own colourful and bright musical world.
TOTO AND HIS SISTERS – TOTO SI SURORILE LUI (Rumänien 2014, Alexander Nanau, DOK.panorama). Three siblings on the margins of Romanian society. Toto, Ana und Andreea live among heroin addicts. Their mother is in jail. Yet they battle on, they dance and they learn. A moving and energetic drama about dreams and a childhood amid great adversity “…strong and stubborn…”