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.
CAMBRIDGE (Bulgarien 2015, Eldora Traykova, DOK.panorama). Real chances against poverty and discrimination – that is the goal of a primary school in Dolni Tsibar, one of Bulgaria’s poorest villages. The majority of the inhabitants here are Roma and they must challenge prejudice with education from a young age.
CHRIST LIVES IN SIBERIA (Estland, Finnland 2015, Arbo Tammiksaar, Jaak Kilmi, DOK.panorama). Timber houses and lush fir trees, children in blissful delirium in the Siberian taiga. Captivatingly beautiful images reveal a paradise on earth – that is if it weren’t for the paens to a self-styled Jesus and a father who is trying to save his offspring from being brainwashed.
COMEBACK (Slowakei 2014, Miro Remo, DOK.guest). How do you get used to living in freedom after spending many years in a high security prison? Miro and Zlatko are about to be released. Can they escape the vicious cycle once and for all? They wouldn’t even bet on it themselves.
GOTTLAND (Tschechische Republik 2014, Viera Cákanyová, Petr Hátle, Rozálie Kohoutová, Lukáš Kokeš, Klára Tasovská, DOK.guest). A visually powerful, episodic journey through 20th century Czech history: via great visionaries, oversized monuments, disasterous affairs, poetic informers and tragic decisions. A declaration of love.
IN MASARYK'S HANDS – V MASARYKOVÝCH RUKOU (Tschechische Republik 2015, Jan Rousek, Student Award). It all begins with a photo: in 1928 Eva Hankova was featured as a child in a newspaper with the first Czech president, Masaryk. The image became an icon of the young republic – a low-key investigation.
KOUDELKA SHOOTING HOLY LAND – KOUDELKA SHOOTING HOLY LAND (Deutschland, Tschechische Republik 2015, Gilad Baram, DOK.guest). Gilad Baram offers us backstage access to a world-famous photo journalist and, at the same time, subtly and through the formal sobriety of Josef Koudelka’s images, shows us the absurdity of drawing a boundary between Israel and Palestine.
MAGADAN – STADT ERBAUT AUF KNOCHEN – MAGADAN – CITY BUILT ON BONES (Deutschland 2016, Christian Zipfel, Student Award). The gulag camps of MADAGAN lay amid Siberia’s impressive landscape. Now the gates have been opened victims of the terror system still live in the harbour town, often just next door to the perpetrators from back then. An eye-witness account from a land of memories and hope.
MASTER AND TATYANA – MEISTRAS IR TATJANA (Litauen 2014, Giedre Zickyte, DOK.panorama). Intense black and white images recreate the poignant life of the Lithuanian photographer, Vitus Luckus, which came to a dramatic end with his suicide. His lover, Tatyana, and his closest artist friends draw a fractured portrait.
STRIP (Tschechische Republik 2015, Kateřina Turečková, Student Award). Kateřina Turečková depicts the relationship between a stripper and her girlfriend who cannot accept her unusual line of work. A filmic sketch.
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.
THE STILL LIFE OF VĚRA – POHLEDY NA VĚRU BECHYŇOVOU (Tschechische Republik 2015, Greta Stocklassa). Faces in Kodachrome and stamps from bygone eras. This playful reflection on greetings cards takes us on a journey through time.
TRAPPED BY LAW – NAKHINO (Deutschland, Kosovo 2015, Sami Mustafa, DOK.transit (up to 2018)). Two brothers are deported overnight to Kosovo, the land of their parents. They have just 50 Euros in their pockets and they don’t even speak the language. Sami Mustafa closely follows the pair for three years on a rollercoaster ride between two worlds.
UKRAINIAN SHERIFFS (Lettland, Ukraine, Deutschland 2015, Roman Bondarchuk, DOK.panorama). Viktor and Volodya are very busy provincial sheriffs: maintaining peace and order in the Ukrainian village of Stara Zburyevka is no easy task. A tragicomedy set against current political events.