The film programme of DOK.fest München. At the cinema. At home.
3 to 14 May 2023 at the Munich venues
8 to 21 May 2023 @home
As always, DOK.fest München opens the view out to the world: with 130 of the best and most current international documentaries from 55 countries. Our goal is the greatest possible participation in our films, which is why we bring them to the big screen in Munich cinemas as well as to home screens throughout Germany: DOK.fest stays dual.
THE DANGEROUS WORLD OF DOCTOR DOLECEK – NEBEZPECNY SVET RAJKA DOLECKA (Czech Republic 2015, Kristýna Bartošová, DOK.guest Canada). The Srebrenica genocide is a lie, the charming Doctor Doleček claims. Is it possible to get him to acknowledge the massacre? The filmmaker travels with him to a memorial to the genocide - and succumbs to his manipulation. An enthralling document of failure.
TIEMPO SUSPENDIDO – TIME SUSPENDED (Mexico 2015, Natalia Bruschtein, DOK.horizonte Competition – Cinema of Urgency). 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.
BLACK BOX BRD (Germany 2000, Andres Veiel, Retrospective DOK.network Africa). 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.
WER WENN NICHT WIR (Germany 2011, Andres Veiel, Retrospective DOK.network Africa). A romantic drama set against the events of the German Autumn. Andres Veiel’s fiction debut retells the story of the RAF and juxtaposes the relationship between Baader and Ensslin with the biography of the writer and son of a Nazi, Bernward Vesper. A psychological portrait of German terrorism.
A FLICKERING TRUTH (Afghanistan, New Zealand 2015, Pietra Brettkelly, DOK.panorama). A dedicated archivist and a courageous cameraman recover film material from a hangar in Afghanistan. Piece by piece, as the celluloid is restored, cultural identity is reconstructed. A visual encounter with the history of a nation.
ATOMIC: LIVING IN DREAD AND PROMISE (United Kingdom 2015, Mark Cousins, DOK.panorama). We live in the nuclear era. Mark Cousins’ journey through this era is compiled solely from archive material. A dreadful, beautiful, fascinating and totally intoxicating voyage.
BEYOND THE SNOWSTORM – HINTER DEM SCHNEESTURM (Germany 2015, Levin Peter, DOK.panorama). “Shut up, man! You asshole!” a grandfather snaps at his grandson. Young against old; scientific curiosity vs a desire to come to terms with the past. Levin Peter’s horror film about the power of memory is rich in associations and moving and disturbing in equal measure.
DEPROGRAMMED (Canada 2015, Mia Donovan, DOK.panorama). Since the 1960s, Ted Patrick, the inventor of “reverse brainwashing” has made it his business to free young people from the claws of religious sects and cults – at times against their own will and using unorthodox methods. What is permissible when a person’s free will is in danger?