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.
DRONE (Norwegen 2014, Tonje Hessen Schei, DOK.panorama). In a barrack in the USA, young men sit with joysticks and kill people. On the other side of the world the young and the old, men and women are dying. DRONE is an impressive document that speaks out against drone and robot wars that have already become part of our everyday lives.
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.
FLOTEL EUROPA (Dänemark, Serbien 2015, Vladimir Tomic, DOK.panorama). FLOTEL EUROPA was a container ship that accommodated hundreds of war refugees from Sarajevo in Copenhagen in 1992. For Vladimir, his mother and older brother, it was their new home, too. A touching portrait of a refugee and, at the same time, an amusing coming of age story in VHS images.
L'ABRI – THE SHELTER (Schweiz 2014, Fernand Melgar, DOK.panorama). Outside the entrance to the “Bunker” in Lausanne the same scenes play out night after night: jostling crowds, desperation and anger. Only a lucky 50 are allowed into the emergency homeless shelter. Following on from LA FORTERESSE and VOL SPÉCIAL, Fernand Melgar completes his trilogy. Highly emotional, dramatic and contentious.
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.
LITTLE PEOPLE BIG DREAMS (Singapur, China 2014, Chun Kit Mak, DOK.guest). A theme park where people of short stature live in their own dwarf world – it sounds like something from the 19th Century. In the Chinese “Dwarves Empire,” a place that is simultaneously a ghetto, a spectacle and a sanctuary, it is a cynical reality.
NIEUW – ALLES NEU! (Niederlande 2014, Eefje Blankevoort, DOK.education). Der achtjährige Tanans aus Uganda kommt als Flüchtlingskind in den Niederlanden an. Der beobachtende Dokumentarfilm lässt uns mit seinen Augen den europäischen Alltag neu entdecken. Das erste Mal ein Fahrrad zu sehen, das erste Mal in einem Bett zu schlafen – alles ist neu. Vorsichtig nimmt Tanans Kontakt auf zu den Kindern der Nachbarn und im gemeinsamen Spiel öffnen sich Horizonte für beide Seiten.
OF MEN AND WAR (Frankreich, Schweiz 2014, Laurent Bécue-Renard, DOK.international). The Pathway Home is a facility for soldiers who have served in Iraq and have post-traumatic stress disorder. Blighted by anxiety, aggression and relationship problems, they speak of their bloody experiences of war in group therapy sessions. Bécue-Renard closely observes their difficult journey back to civilian life.
OUR TERRIBLE COUNTRY – BALADNA ALRAHEEB (Syrien, Libanon 2014, Mohammad Ali Atassi, Ziad Homsi, DOK.horizonte). The prominent intellectual, Saleh, and a young photographer fight for revolution in Syria, each in their own individual way, and, in doing so, descend deeper and deeper into existential crisis. In exile in Istanbul, they are safe, while their relatives are in mortal danger and their land in ruins.
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.
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 LAST MOOSE IN AOLUGUYA – HAN DA HAN (China 2014, Gu Tao, DOK.guest). Weijia is one of the Reindeer Evenkis, a minority group in northeast China. Displaced by the government and deprived of the opportunity to hunt, all they have left is alcohol and stories of days gone by. A striking film about their loss of identity and lack of agency.
THE LOOK OF SILENCE (Dänemark, Indonesien, Norwegen, Finnland, Großbritannien 2014, Joshua Oppenheimer, DOK.panorama). Indonesia 1965/66: More than a million people were murdered after the military coup. There has been no coming to terms with this since the perpetrators are still in power. Adi (44), whose brother was murdered back then, wants to make changes and confronts the culprits with their crimes.
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.