A FLICKERING TRUTH (Neuseeland, Afghanistan 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 (Großbritannien 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 (Deutschland 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.
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.
DEPROGRAMMED (Kanada 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?
THE DANGEROUS WORLD OF DOCTOR DOLECEK – NEBEZPECNY SVET RAJKA DOLECKA (Tschechische Republik 2015, Kristýna Bartošová, DOK.guest). 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 (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.
WER WENN NICHT WIR (Deutschland 2011, Andres Veiel, Retrospektive). 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.