THE LONG DISTANCE (Österreich, Deutschland, Kenia 2015, Daniel Andreas Sager, DOK.deutsch). For years, Kenya has produced the best marathon runners in the world. Athletics’ supreme discipline has long been established as a globally-networked business. The filmmaker, Daniel Sager, shows the interdependence between two Kenyan runners and their German manager and holds a mirror up to us all. More than just a film about marathons.
THE REVOLUTION WON'T BE TELEVISED (Senegal 2016, Rama Thiaw, DOK.horizonte). Senegal 2012: The 86-year-old incumbent president, Abdoulaye Wade, runs for office a third time, calling the constitution into question. The people protest. A film about revolution, the mobilising strength of hip hop and a youth that takes its destiny into its own hands.
ARLETTE. MUT IST EIN MUSKEL – ARLETTE. COURAGE IS A MUSCLE (Schweiz, Deutschland 2015, Florian Hoffmann, Student Award). Is courage a muscle? For Arlette there is no doubt about it and, one thing is clear, her courage muscles are huge. Completely on her own the girl dares to travel from Bangui, a city marked by civil war, to the German capital, Berlin.
DER LANGSTRECKENLÄUFER – THE LONG DISTANCE RUNNER (Deutschland 2015, Zuniel Kim, Student Award). Ybekal Berye is fast and he has one goal: to win Olympic gold in the marathon. But German asylum law condemns him to a life in the Hessian provinces and he is not allowed to leave the region. A radical, minimalistic portrait.
EXILE IN WATERLOO (Deutschland 2016, Marina Hufnagel Kristina Kilian, DOK.special). Filimbi, a group of young intellectuals, want to take Congo’s destiny into their own hands. The government reacts swiftly and arrests members of the movement. Some activists flee to exile in Belgium. A film about the difficulty of inducing political 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.