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.
FIGHTING FOR PEACE (Niederlande 2016, Joost van der Valk, Mags Gavan, DOK.panorama). “He’s really fighting for his life... this is not a hobby!,” explains boxing coach, Luke Dowdney about his protégé, 15 year-old “Sugar.” The aim is to get out of Rio de Janeiro’s most brutal slum as quickly as possible. An inspiring and emotionally challenging film.
ROOTS AND WINGS (Italien 2013, Lisa Wimmer, Student Award). “I need someone who I can call Father.” On her eighteenth birthday Eloïsa, a young Chilean woman, has a visit from her German father, whom she has not seen for years. A film about hang-gliding, family and spreading your wings.
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.
TRANSIT HAVANA (Niederlande, Deutschland 2016, Daniel Abma, DOK.international). The daughter of the Cuban president, Mariela Castro, is the leader of a socialist-style sexual revolution. Every year she organises free sex reassignment operations for transsexual people. But there are only a few places. This year, will Odette, Jauni and Malú’s dreams become reality?