ALLES WEGEN OMI – FOR AULD LANG SYNE (Deutschland 2017, Michael Teutsch, Münchner Premieren). The story of a friendship that has lasted for over 60 years between a Scottish family and a German family, which began in 1955 when a woman from Berlin invited a soldier from the occupying troops to Christmas dinner. A living example of international relations in Europe.
DEPTH TWO – DUBINA DVA (Serbien, Frankreich 2016, Ognjen Glavonić, DOK.panorama). Against forgetting! In 1999 a lorry containing 53 corpses was recovered from the Danube. The same bodies emerge again two years later in a mass grave in Belgrade. What happened? Glavonić’s mystical political thriller confronts his country with its own history.
DER GEIST DER BEFREIUNG – THE SPIRIT OF LIBERATION (Deutschland 2017, Konstantin von zur Mühlen, DOK.special). The steps that led to downfall. Using unique archive material DER GEIST DER FREIHEIT reconstructs the triumphant procession of allied troops from Normandy into the heart of Hitler’s Reich. The most authentic documentation to date of the final campaign against Nazi Germany.
DIE GUTEN FEINDE – MEIN VATER, DIE ROTE KAPELLE UND ICH – GOOD ENEMIES – MY FATHER, THE RED ORCHESTRA AND ME (Deutschland 2017, Christian Weisenborn, Münchner Premieren). For many 68ers he became a positive father figure: Günther Weisenborn, a theatre writer and member of the resistance against the Nazis. In the film his son tells his story, which is intertwined with many other biographies and doesn't end happily even long after the end of the war.
EINSTEINS NICHTEN – EINE GESCHICHTE VON VERLUST UND ÜBERLEBEN – EINSTEIN'S NIECES (Deutschland 2016, Friedemann Fromm, DOK.panorama). A generation is disappearing. As teenagers, twins Paola und Lorenza bore witness to the crimes of the German armed forces in Italy. Friedemann Fromm has succeeded in creating a sensitive account of the life story of two impressive women – between reminiscence and solace.
EL COLOR DEL CAMALEÓN – THE COLOR OF THE CHAMELEON (Belgium, Chile 2016, Andrés Lübbert, DOK.international). In the 1970s, the war reporter Jorge Lübbert fled Chile’s dictatorship to the GDR. His son, who grew up in Belgium, wants to know more about his father’s dark past. A perplexing political thriller and a touching father-son story.
HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM (Slowenien, Kroatien, Deutschland 2016, Žiga Virc, DOK.panorama). An incredible story from the cold war era: in the 1960s the Yugoslavian president Tito sold a secret space programme to USA as the nation sought to win the race against the USSR for the first moon landing by any means.
LETTERS FROM BAGHDAD (Frankreich, USA, Großbritannien 2016, Zeva Oelbaum, Sabine Krayenbühl, DOK.international). Gertrude Bell: adventurer and spy. On behalf of the British Empire she drew the boundary lines of today’s Iraq and founded the National Museum in Baghdad. LETTERS FROM BAGHDAD constructs her biography using her letters and archive footage that has never been seen before. Unique!
RON KOVIC – WARUM VERSCHWINDEST DU NICHT (Deutschland 1977, Georg Stefan Troller, Retrospektive). Oliver Stone’s Oscar-winning film BORN ON THE 4TH OF JULY and the worldwide hit BORN IN THE USA by Bruce Springsteen are based on the memoir by Ron Kovic. Troller draws a multi-faceted portrait of a Vietnam War veteran, whose story lays bare the trauma of an entire nation.
SÜHNHAUS (Österreich 2016, Maya McKechneay, DOK.deutsch). Is there such a thing as an “evil place?” No. 7 Schottenring on the grandiose Vienna ring road is an address that has harboured many dark secrets – until today. Maya McKechneay’s innovative haunted house movie reinvents the genre.
THE LAND BENEATH OUR FEET (Großbritannien, USA 2016, Sarita Siegel, Gregg Mitman, DOK.special). Using the example of land rights in Liberia, West Africa, THE LAND BENEATH OUR FEET shows us how much the past dictates the present. A film about history, colonialism and the possibility of creating new perspectives by using archive material.
VIKTORS KOPF – VIKTOR'S HEAD (Deutschland 2016, Carmen Eckhardt, DOK.special). There are people who insist on the past. And others who brush it aside. They collect minerals and listen to uncles and aunts and understand: nothing. Or they can’t talk about it. Paragraphs conclude the rest. Until someone comes and struggles through them and discovers a person. It is worth it.
WRONG ELEMENTS (Belgien, Frankreich, Deutschland 2016, Jonathan Littell, DOK.international). Former Ugandan child soldiers from Joseph Konys’ brutal Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) revisit their past: they re-enact scenes, visit locations and speak with each other. Simultaneously government troops track down one of the old rebel leaders in the bush. He too was kidnapped as a child.