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.
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.
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.
GIRLS DON'T FLY (Österreich, Deutschland 2016, Monika Grassl, DOK.special). Small planes and big dreams: two young Ghanaian women want to get to the top. Their goal in becoming pilots is social elevation. Monika Grassl’s ambivalent study about an NGO project run according to Western values is highly provocative.
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.
STARLESS DREAMS – ROYAHAYE DAME SOBH (Iran 2016, Mehrdad Oskouei, DOK.horizonte). A group of girls in a young offenders institution: prostitutes, drug addicts, thieves and murderers. Raped by their uncles and tormented by their mothers - behind bars, they can be young and feel safe. Sophisticated, delicate images of an insular world.
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.
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.