SONITA – SONITA (Deutschland, Iran, Schweiz 2015, Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami, DOK.international). 18-year-old Afghan, Sonita, is a rapper. She lives “sans papiers” in Teheran and dreams of a future as a hip hop star. Yet her mother wants her to be married in Afghanistan and her bride price is supposed to pay for the wedding of her older brother.
THE LONG DISTANCE (Österreich, Deutschland, Kenia 2015, Daniel Andreas Sager, DOK.deutsch). For years, Kenya has produced the best marathon runners in the world. Athletics’ supreme discipline has long been established as a globally-networked business. The filmmaker, Daniel Sager, shows the interdependence between two Kenyan runners and their German manager and holds a mirror up to us all. More than just a film about marathons.
ARCTIC SUPERSTAR (Norway 2016, Simen Braathen, DOK.panorama). Easy-going Nils is in his early 20s and lives with his mother in a small town in the Norwegian Arctic. His passion is rap and his biggest dream is to be famous. But Nils, aka Slin Craze, raps in the Sami language, which is only spoken by 20,000 people.
MARTHA & NIKI (Schweden 2015, Tora Mkandawire Mårtens, DOK.panorama). Martha and Niki are best friends. They both come from Africa, love music and are an almost unbeatable hip-hop duo. They become the first ever female performers to be crowned world champions and embark upon a life of travel and dancing. Then their friendship is put to the test.
WHEN THE EARTH SEEMS TO BE LIGHT – ROTSDA DEDAMITSA MSUBUKIA (Georgien, Deutschland 2015, Salome Machaidze, Tamuna Karumidze, David Meskhi, DOK.panorama). Riding their skateboards, a group of young people dominate the dilapidated urban landscape of Tbilisi. The artists and musicians allow us an insight into their thoughts and outlooks on life. A wonderfully laconic film with an eye-catching 1970s skater aesthetic.