A MAID FOR EACH – MAKHDOUMIN (Norwegen, Libanon, Frankreich, Vereinigte Arabische Emirate 2016, Maher Abi Samra, DOK.horizonte). For middle-class families in Lebanon, employing a domestic worker is the norm. Agencies arrange the fresh supply of young women from Africa and Asia. Absorbing and agonizing insights into the agencies’ everyday affairs, which lie somewhere between global commerce and slavery.
BLACK BOX BRD (Deutschland 2000, Andres Veiel, Retrospektive). Andres Veiel’s complex and intelligent film contrasts the exemplary and yet complementary biographies of the bank chairman, Alfred Herrhausen, and the RAF terrorist, Wolfgang Grams and allows us a deep insight into postwar Germany’s ruptured society.
CECILIA (Indien 2015, Pankaj Johar, DOK.horizonte). When Cecilia, the filmmaker’s maid, learns about her daughter’s death, her enquiries lead her into a network of corruption, extortion and people trafficking. An investigative documentary that fights for childrens’ rights.
DEAD SLOW AHEAD (Spanien, Frankreich 2015, Mauro Herce, DOK.international). A freighter on the ocean. It breathes heavily. The sailors who work here are the cogs in the machine. DEAD SLOW AHEAD takes us on a hypnotic journey through modern times.
DEAD WHEN I GOT HERE (Großbritannien, Mexiko 2015, Mark Aitken, DOK.horizonte). Once homeless, traumatised and addicted to drugs, Josué is now the manager of an asylum in the city of Juarez, Mexico. What keeps him going is the hope of finding his daughter again. A film that tells of life’s highs and lows in a style that is both poetic and direct.
DEMOCRACY – IM RAUSCH DER DATEN (Deutschland 2015, David Bernet, DOK.special). In a campaign to reform European data protection law, the young, casually-dressed Green Party MEP, Jan-Philipp Albrecht, confronts realpolitik’s structures of power. DEMOCRACY looks deep into the complexity and the lunacy of democratic legislative procedure at the EU level.
EXILE IN WATERLOO (Deutschland 2016, Marina Hufnagel Kristina Kilian, DOK.special). Filimbi, a group of young intellectuals, want to take Congo’s destiny into their own hands. The government reacts swiftly and arrests members of the movement. Some activists flee to exile in Belgium. A film about the difficulty of inducing political change.
FACTORY COMPLEX – UI-RO-GONG-DAN (Südkorea 2015, Im Heung-soon, DOK.panorama). Clothes, shoes, smartphones... We want them cheap and we can never get enough. The director, Im Heung-soon, creates a kaleidoscope of abysmal working conditions. On the other side of the world sit the working women who live from the money that we will barely pay. High time for a change.
GRUNDRAUSCHEN – NOISE (Deutschland 2016, Friedrich Rackwitz, DOK.deutsch). How is the news actually made? A large amount of it originates in the German press agency, Deutsche Presse-Agentur. The film takes us into the agency’s open plan offices, to daily meetings and nightly calls, to training sessions and interviews. This is how the news is made.
HOLZ ERDE FLEISCH (Österreich 2016, Sigmund Steiner, DOK.deutsch). The director, himself a farmer’s son, tells a story closely connected with his own, of generational conflict and agriculture’s demise. Portraits of three fathers who find deep fulfilment in their work and three sons who are turning their back on their family inheritance in pursuit of their own happiness.
KOUDELKA SHOOTING HOLY LAND – KOUDELKA SHOOTING HOLY LAND (Deutschland, Tschechische Republik 2015, Gilad Baram, DOK.guest). Gilad Baram offers us backstage access to a world-famous photo journalist and, at the same time, subtly and through the formal sobriety of Josef Koudelka’s images, shows us the absurdity of drawing a boundary between Israel and Palestine.
LES MONTS S'EMBRASENT – BLAZING MOUNTAINS (Schweiz 2015, Laura Morales, Student Award). The La Lozère uranium mine is closed but what remains? LES MONTS S’EMBRASENT is a passionate and uncompromising essay about a danger you cannot see and the fear that you dare not speak.
TEMPESTAD (Mexiko 2016, Tatiana Huezo, DOK.horizonte). A journey along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, through an overcast, stark and beautiful landscape. The film’s images reflect and contrast the stories of two mothers: one who was kidnapped, imprisoned and traumatised; the other who has spent years searching for her daughter.
THE REVOLUTION WON'T BE TELEVISED (Senegal 2016, Rama Thiaw, DOK.horizonte). Senegal 2012: The 86-year-old incumbent president, Abdoulaye Wade, runs for office a third time, calling the constitution into question. The people protest. A film about revolution, the mobilising strength of hip hop and a youth that takes its destiny into its own hands.
TIEMPO SUSPENDIDO – TIME SUSPENDED (Mexiko 2015, Natalia Bruschtein, DOK.horizonte). A mother spends her life fighting for an explanation of her children’s murder during Argentina’s military dictatorship. Today she suffers from dementia. Her granddaughter cautiously explores the friendly old lady’s fragmented memories. A film about resistance, women and the joy of life.