CE QU'IL RESTE DE LA FOLIE – REMNANCE OF MADNESS (Frankreich, Senegal 2014, Joris Lachaise, DOK.horizonte). A psychiatric hospital on the outskirts of Dakar: who gets cured here and by whom? The psychiatrists consult with traditional healers. An intelligent, visually elaborate investigation of insanity and approaches towards it in postcolonial society.
DEMOCRATS (Dänemark 2014, Camilla Nielsson, DOK.international). From 2009 to 2012 Camilla Nielsson followed the process of constitutional reform in Zimbabwe. She has not only drawn a sympathetic portrait of the two politicians in charge but also offers a unique look behind the scenes of the political system.
ELEPHANT'S DREAM (Belgien 2014, Kristof Bilsen, DOK.horizonte). A postal worker, a fireman and a railway employee in a strange vacuum in the middle of the vibrant city of Kinshasa. The poetic yet never sugar-coated images that Kristof Bilsen has created around his protagonists draw a never before seen picture of the Democratic Republic of the Congo beyond war, dictatorship and violence.
FINDING FELA (USA 2014, Alex Gibney, DOK.music - Open Air). In the glamorous seventies, Fela Kuti was a world-famous musical icon and anticolonial activist for pan-African liberation. His sexual excesses were almost as legendary as his afrobeat music. Alex Gibney’s biopic shows that the revolution has rhythm!
LA MORT DU DIEU SERPENT – DEATH OF THE SERPENT GOD (Frankreich 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.
LA SIRÈNE DE FASO FANI – THE SIREN OF FASO FANI (Frankreich, Burkina Faso, Deutschland, Katar 2015, Michel K. Zongo, DOK.horizonte). The Faso Fani textile factory in Koudougou, Burkina Faso was an economic success story until it fell victim to a neo-liberal economic policy in 2001. The filmmaker doesn’t settle with the victim mentality though but mobilises the weavers from then and now to take their fate into their own hands.
MADGERMANES (Deutschland 2014, Malte Wandel, Student Award). It has already been almost 25 years, but since then the so-called Madgermanes have been holding demonstrations in Mosambique’s capital, Maputo. They want their money back; money that they earned in the 1980s as contract workers in the GDR. The Mozambican government withheld an estimated 100 million dollars of salary and social insurance transfers from Germany. Alongside their collective struggle against injustice, they are also united by their memories of the time in Germany.
MINERS SHOT DOWN (Südafrika 2014, Rehad Desai, DOK.panorama). The massacre of the striking Marikana miners in August 2012 ruptured the young democracy of South Africa. Filmmaker and activist, Rehad Desai, attempts to illuminate the political machinations that led to the tragic end of an initially peaceful workers’ strike.
OWAMI – I AM ... (Deutschland 2014, Diana Menestrey S., Student Award). Why do we have names? What do they say about the people who carry them? In northern Namibia every forename is unique. The names tell stories, they are reminders of individual families, of a whole country, about war and colonisation; they tell of beliefs, lifestyles and family traditions. If you ask a person their name, you don’t just find out how to address them, but, at the same time, whom you are addressing.