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.
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.
DEATH & THE MAIDEN (Israel, Deutschland 2014, Yael Lotem, Student Award). Shortly after the Second World War, over 1000 pictures were found in a cellar in the south of France. The pictures were painted by the young Jewish artist, Charlotte Salomon. Is it her life story? Part of it? Or not? The film sets off in search of Charlotte. On the one hand, it follows the narrative within the pictures and at the same time it investigates her actual story.
DIE BEFREIER – The Liberators – Why We Fought (Deutschland, USA 2015, Emanuel Rotstein, DOK.special). On April 29, 1945, allied troops liberated the nearby Munich located concentration camp Dachau. This HISTORY-production devotes itself to that story from the American point of view.
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.
MISSION CONTROL TEXAS (Deutschland 2014, Ralf Bücheler, Münchner Premieren). For 17 years the independent television show, “The Atheist Experience,” has been broadcasted from Texas. Its presenters discuss questions of belief, politics, abortion and creationism with Christian callers, maintaining their sense of humour throughout. It is not always easy to be an atheist in the bible belt.
ONCE I ENTERED A GARDEN (Israel, Frankreich, Schweiz 2012, Avi Mograbi, Retrospektive). Two incongruous friends, Avi und Ali - an Israeli and a Palestinian - talk about their family backgrounds. The Israeli’s family originates from Syria; the Palestinian’s from Gaililee. What could the future hold for Yasmine, Ali’s Jewish-Palestinian daughter?
WAS HEISST HIER ENDE? DER FILMKRITIKER MICHAEL ALTHEN – THEN IS IT THE END? THE FILM CRITIC MICHAEL ALTHEN (Deutschland 2015, Dominik Graf, DOK.special). “Happiness is something with wings. It comes and goes as it pleases. You can’t force it to stay. Even less so in the cinema.” Nobody knows this better than the film critic, Michael Althen, who died prematurely. He is the protagonist of Dominik Graf’s essay film about a passion for cinema.