A MAID FOR EACH – MAKHDOUMIN (Norwegen, Libanon, Frankreich, Vereinigte Arabische Emirate 2016, Maher Abi Samra, DOK.horizonte). For middle-class families in Lebanon, employing a domestic worker is the norm. Agencies arrange the fresh supply of young women from Africa and Asia. Absorbing and agonizing insights into the agencies’ everyday affairs, which lie somewhere between global commerce and slavery.
BASSART – DER DICKSTE BASS DER STADT – BASSART – THE BIGGEST BASS IN TOWN (Deutschland 2016, Bruno Fritzsche, Münchner Premieren). With a little money and an abundance of creativity and passion the makers from BASSart organise a festival of Munich subculture. A film about the love of music and the art of putting on events outside the mainstream.
CAFÉ WALDLUFT (Deutschland 2015, Matthias Koßmehl, DOK.transit (up to 2018)). Moving destinies set against a picture postcard town. With a view of the Watzmann mountain and under the wing of an amiable hostess, young asylum seekers from Syria, Afghanistan and Sierra Leone live in the Café Waldluft hotel. A warts and all account of successful integration.
CECILIA (Indien 2015, Pankaj Johar, DOK.horizonte). When Cecilia, the filmmaker’s maid, learns about her daughter’s death, her enquiries lead her into a network of corruption, extortion and people trafficking. An investigative documentary that fights for childrens’ rights.
EUROPE, SHE LOVES (Schweiz, Deutschland 2015, Jan Gassmann, Münchner Premieren). HE: “I find sex pretty good” – SHE: “Maybe in another life.” Jan Gassmann’s explicit crisis film for Generation Y is a warts and all portrayal that closely follows four couples as they search for jobs and get high in a continent on the verge of change.
HERKULES – HERCULES (Deutschland 2016, Volker Meyer-Dabisch, DOK.deutsch). A portrait of coal merchant, Ahmed Özdemir, and his family over 15 years in the Kreuzberg area of Berlin. The children grow up; weddings are celebrated. Problems, summer and winter come and go but there’s always coal to be sold.
HOLZ ERDE FLEISCH (Österreich 2016, Sigmund Steiner, DOK.deutsch). The director, himself a farmer’s son, tells a story closely connected with his own, of generational conflict and agriculture’s demise. Portraits of three fathers who find deep fulfilment in their work and three sons who are turning their back on their family inheritance in pursuit of their own happiness.
HOMO SAPIENS (Österreich, Deutschland 2016, Nikolaus Geyrhalter, DOK.deutsch). What would a world without people look like? The wind whistles through derelict abbatoirs, shopping centres lie idle and very gently the snow covers the concrete. HOMO SAPIENS is a documentary journey into this world.
KANDAHAR JOURNALS (Kanada, USA, Afghanistan 2015, Louie Palu, Devin Gallagher, DOK.international). Photojournalist, Louie Palu, witnessed a suicide attack in Afghanistan. From 2006 to 2010 he continued to work in the Kandahar region, filming and photographing on the front line and experiencing the horrors of war up close. A psychological self portrait – brutal and disturbing.
MALLORY – Mallory (Tschechische Republik 2015, Helena Třeštíková, DOK.international). To lead a happy life – that’s all Mallory wants for herself. Helena Třeštíková follows her protagonist for 13 years, through many crises and setbacks, as she constantly and steadfastly strives for a better future.
MR. GAGA (Schweden, Israel, Deutschland, Niederlande 2015, Tomer Heymann, DOK.international). “The softness of your flesh will protect you.” Ohad Naharin took the international dance scene in a new direction at the start of the 1980s with the movement language he called Gaga. An homage to one of the most influential choreographers of recent years.
NATURAL DISORDER – NATURENS UORDEN (Dänemark, Niederlande 2015, Christian Sønderby Jepsen, DOK.international). Jacob is 24, a comedian and journalist with a tendency towards black humour. It’s part of his survival strategy as a man with cerebral palsy in a society that revolves around the norm. In a (self) observation that is as entertaining as it is illuminative, he questions what normal really is.
PARCHIM INTERNATIONAL (Deutschland 2015, Stefan Eberlein, Manuel Fenn, Münchner Premieren). Jonathan Pang, a businessman from China, wants to transform an old military airport in rural northern Germany into an international commercial centre. Globalisation meets provincial reality in a film that is rich in contrasts.
ROHDIAMANTEN – ROUGH DIAMONDS (Deutschland 2015, Jakob Defant, Felix Hermann, Student Award). Ianina Ilitcheva writes. In the past two years alone she has tweeted 30,000 short poems and messages. Ianina’s language is raw and powerful and the film’s approach to the author is accordingly bold and candid.
SEEFEUER – FUOCOAMMARE – FUOCOAMMARE (Italien, Frankreich 2015, Gianfranco Rosi, DOK.transit (up to 2018)). Lampedusa has become a synonym for the excessive demands facing the EU with the arrival of refugees by boat. By contrasting the everyday life on the Italian island with the humanitarian catastrophe in the water, filmmaker, Gianfranco Rosi, gives the tragedy a human face.