BEAVERLAND – LOS CASTORES (Chile 2014, Nicolás Molina, DOK.panorama). They come in the night and no one sees them. They have completely transformed 50,000 hectares of Tierra del Fuego. Beavers: 50 of them - a colony originally set up for fur production. Full of black humour, this mystery film about the battle between man and beast tells of the hegemony within nature.
EL HOGAR AL REVÉS – UPSIDE DOWN HOME (Mexiko 2014, Itzel Martínez del Cañizo, DOK.horizonte). Over the course of a year, the filmmaker followed a group of young people in a modern working-class housing estate in Tijuana. The parents are absent; they work day and night to pay their debts. The children’s loneliness is the price they pay for the dream of having their own home.
LA BUENA VIDA – THE GODD LIFE (Deutschland, Schweiz 2015, Jens Schanze, DOK.international). The indigenous population of the North Columbian village of Tamaquito is standing in the way of a coalmine and must be relocated. This impressive documentary shows how global capitalism critically changes people’s lives.
LA SELVA INFLADA – THE INFLATED JUNGLE (Kolumbien, Spanien 2015, Alejandro Naranjo, DOK.horizonte). A series of suicides among youths who had to travel far from home to go to school, shocked their indigenous community in the Columbian Amazon. THE INFLATED JUNGLE is a poetic and atmospheric film, which does not deliver any simple explanations but relies on intuitive insights.
MUCHACHAS (Schweiz 2014, Juliana Fanjul, Student Award). The death of her grandmother leads the filmmaker to her birthplace, Mexico City. There the granddaughter opens her eyes for the first time to the domestic workers: the benevolent spirits who bring up the children, cook the meals and live under the same roof as familes for years and yet remain mostly unseen. Remedios, Guadalupe and Dolores – we find out how they live, where they come from and what they have experienced. And naturally we ask ourselves why they have not been asked these questions long before.
PIXADORES – TUULEN SIEPPAAIAT (Finnland, Dänemark, Schweden 2014, Amir Escandari, DOK.panorama). They are a gang. They are armed with colours. They fight injustices in Brazilian society. The “Pixadores” from São Paulo bring radical graffiti art to the facades of high-rise buildings. When they are invited to Berlin for the Biennale, a veritable culture clash ensues.
POEMA DEL DIA – POEM OF THE DAY (Deutschland 2015, Youdid Kahveci, Student Award). In a poor area of Medellín, Columbia, 12 year-old Kevin sells poems and reads them aloud. He doesn’t feel comfortable at home and that is why he often escapes to visit a friend, Amelia, an old woman who wears a cap and lives in a small house on the hillside. There she talks about her life, her family and her dreams. He reads her her letters. But life is not always so simple: Amelia has money troubles.
UN FIN DEL MUNDO (Italien 2013, Tiziana Poli, Student Award). „This is the way the world ends ... with a whimper.“ In 2012, spiritual tourists travel to Mexico from all around the world to be present at the end of the Mayan calendar. And the Mexicans? They don’t really believe in it and prefer to devote themselves to the blessed virgin, Guadalupe. Some are celebrating the end of the world, others are preparing themselves for it through meditation, and the rest is ignoring it.