WILD PLANTS (Deutschland, Schweiz 2016, Nicolas Humbert, DOK.international). The camera captures faces and hands that dig in the dirt. Crickets chirp, birds sing and grasses rustle in the wind. In vast landscapes and miniscule details, the urban gardening trend is revealed to be a synesthetic, spiritual and holistic experience.
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.
HOMO SAPIENS (Österreich, Deutschland 2016, Nikolaus Geyrhalter, DOK.deutsch). What would a world without people look like? The wind whistles through derelict abbatoirs, shopping centres lie idle and very gently the snow covers the concrete. HOMO SAPIENS is a documentary journey into this world.
DIE REISE DER PINGUINE – LA MARCHE DE L'EMPEREUR (Frankreich 2005, Luc Jacquet, DOK.special). Jacquet’s classic is more than just a natural history film. Its portrayal of the arduous and sacrificial journey that the penguins take through the eternal ice is a drama of biblical proportions. A controversial Oscar winner.
RACING EXTINCTION – DAS ENDE DER ARTENVIELFALT (Großbritannien, USA, China, Indonesien, Mexiko 2015, Louie Psihoyos, DOK.special). “We are all part of the problem – and part of the solution!” Louie Psihoyos’ courageous eco-thriller about the end of biodiversity is a wake up call. With high-tech equipment and images that are as beautiful as they are shocking: it is never too late to hit the reset button!