ALLES GUT – I'M OKAY (Deutschland 2016, Pia Lenz, DOK.deutsch). Djaner and Ghofran, two children who have fled war and persecution, venture out into their new home of Hamburg. Pia Lenz’s observation of the pair has a delicateness that leaves you astonished and speechless.
COOL MAMA – COOL MAMA Afrika à la Schwabing (Deutschland 2016, Peter Heller, Münchner Premieren). A polygamous family group that stretches from Germany to Nigeria – is that possible? For fifteen years the filmmaker Peter Heller follows the Munich fashion designer and owner of Africa & House, Ann Dörr, as she tries to manage an intercultural extended family.
DELTAS, BACK TO SHORES (Schweiz 2016, Charlie Petersmann, DOK.panorama). What do a young Senegalese man in Tangier and an old Portuguese fisherman have in common? Both are in search of a better life. Two biographies that focus our attention on the universality of migration.
EL MAR LA MAR (USA 2017, J.P. Sniadecki, Joshua Bonnetta, DOK.panorama). Migration policy from an ant’s perspective. Nature, animals… then clothes, mobile phones and shoes torn apart by desert storms and faded by the sun. A forbidding landscape between Mexico and USA captured in transcendental, skilfully composed images.
MISS KIET'S CHILDREN – DE KINDEREN VAN JUF KIET (Niederlande 2016, Petra Lataster-Czisch, Peter Lataster, DOK.euro.vision). A sensitively observed film about everyday life in a Dutch integration class taught by the wonderful Kiet Engels.
MOON EUROPA (Italien 2016, Nuno Escudeiro, Student Award). Europe – a moonscape? The epitome of the uninhabitable becomes a filmic metaphor for the search for a home and a homeland. Three portraits of young Europeans who relocate themselves in a bleak world beyond the polar circle.
ON THE EDGE OF HAPPINESS (Belgien 2016, Wil Mathijs, DOK.euro.vision). 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.