ZEN FOR NOTHING (Deutschland, Schweiz 2016, Werner Penzel, DOK.international). “Zen is absolutely no use.” In search of bliss, people from around the world take refuge in the secluded Antaiji zen monastery in western Japan and try to find themselves. There they can expect hard physical labour, sitting for hours and struggling with their own thoughts. Unsentimental and revealing – a film meditation.
FACTORY COMPLEX – UI-RO-GONG-DAN (Südkorea 2015, Im Heung-soon, DOK.panorama). Clothes, shoes, smartphones... We want them cheap and we can never get enough. The director, Im Heung-soon, creates a kaleidoscope of abysmal working conditions. On the other side of the world sit the working women who live from the money that we will barely pay. High time for a change.
INSIDE THE CHINESE CLOSET (Niederlande 2015, Sophia Luvara, DOK.panorama). Satisfaction in love and acceptance in society? For Andy and Cherry it is an impossible balancing act as they are both homosexual in China. The only way to escape ostracism: a fake marriage.
FROM MAO TO MOZART – ISAAC STERN IN CHINA (USA, China 1979, Murray Lerner, DOK.special). With China as a backdrop, the American violinist, Isaac Stern, demonstrated his stupendous ability and helped young musicians find a new appreciation of music. The film bears witness to an era of cultural rapprochement after the cultural revolution, accompanied by the sounds of Mozart.