A GREEK WINTER (Niederlande 2016, Ingeborg Jansen). A film about the impact of Greece’s economic crisis. Siblings Evdokia and Tasos Pafralidis run a small domestic oil shop in Thessaloniki – but many of their customers can’t even afford to heat their houses in winter any longer.
AH (Türkei 2016, Mustafa Ünlü). On 15th October 2015 a big peace demonstration was due to take place in Ankara. Before the succession began two bombs exploded a short distance away and killed 102 people. A meticulous reconstruction of the events, which reveals some shocking facts.
BEYOND BOUNDARIES – BREZMEJNO (Slowenien, Deutschland 2016, Peter Zach). Slovenia lies nestled in the heart of Europe bordered by Croatia, Austria, Hungary and Italy. Peter Zach wanders along the edges of this small country and meets Europeans. A poetic road movie that is both optimistic and timeless.
DEPORTATION CLASS (Deutschland 2016, Hauke Wendler, Carsten Rau). They come in the night, drag families from their beds and put them on planes. In 2016 alone around 25,000 asylum seekers were deported from Germany by the so-called “transportation commandos.” A nightmarish glimpse into Mecklenburg-Vorpommern’s biggest collective deportation to date.
FREE SPEECH FEAR FREE (Großbritannien 2016, Tarquin Ramsay). Since he was 15 Tarquin Ramsay has had one question on his mind: what does free speech actually mean? In search of an answer he meets well-known whistle blowers, hackers and Hollywood stars. The journey of a 20-year-old into the heart of a global debate – forceful and fearless.
MISS KIET'S CHILDREN – DE KINDEREN VAN JUF KIET (Niederlande 2016, Petra Lataster-Czisch, Peter Lataster). A sensitively observed film about everyday life in a Dutch integration class taught by the wonderful Kiet Engels.
ON THE EDGE OF HAPPINESS (Belgien 2016, Wil Mathijs). On the periphery of Ghent, in an industrial wasteland on the edge of nowhere stands a corrugated iron shelter. Here two families from Bulgaria sit and wait for social welfare, work and a future that will never come. A raw slice of reality direct from Europe’s backyard.
PRE-CRIME (Deutschland 2017, Monika Hielscher, Matthias Heeder). Software that predicts when and where a crime will be committed: it sounds like science fiction but this has long been established as a means for preventing crime. This investigative documentary film uncovers the new technology’s top-secret algorithms.