CAHIER AFRICAIN (Deutschland, Schweiz 2016, Heidi Specogna, DOK.special). Seen from the outside the “Cahier Africain” is a simple exercise book. Flipping it open you get an uneasy sense of its historic and judicial significance: over 300 victims of sexual abuse and violence at the hands of Congolese rebels in the Central African Republic bear witness here.
L'ARBRE SANS FRUIT – THE FRUITLESS TREE (Frankreich, Niger 2016, Aïcha Macky, DOK.special). In West African Niger childlessness is a taboo. With sensitive visual language and in very personal interviews the filmmaker Aicha Macky, who herself does not have any children, approaches this topic. This film about the role of women becomes a mirror for Nigerian society.
MADAME B. – HISTOIRE D'UNE NORD-CORÉENNE – MRS. B. – A NORTH KOREAN WOMAN (Frankreich 2016, Jero Yun, DOK.horizonte). When the North Korean woman, Madame B, sets out for South Korea she doesn’t imagine that her past will catch up with her. Suspected of being a spy and put under pressure by her first family she is reminded that the Korean War is not over yet.
MAMA COLONEL – MAMAN COLONELLE (Frankreich, Demokratische Republik Kongo 2017, Dieudo Hamadi, DOK.horizonte). Colonelle Honorine Munyole, a widow and mother of seven children, runs a police unit devoted to child protection and fighting sexual violence in east Congo. As Maman Colonelle she doesn’t just uphold the law but offers people reason, arbitration and compassion. She makes up for what the state fails to achieve.
MOTHERLAND – BAYAN INA MO (USA, Phillipinen 2017, Ramona S. Diaz, DOK.horizonte). The Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital in Manila has one of the highest birth rates in the world: at times up to 150 women are in labour here at the same time. Amidst the orderly chaos of mothers, babies, nurses and family members we gain intimate insights into Filipino society.
PORNOCRACY (Frankreich 2017, Ovidie –, DOK.panorama). Who is behind MindGeek? The ex porn actor, Ovidie, pursues the media company that hosts illegally-copied porn clips on its “tube sites” and, in doing so, is destroying the traditional porno industry. A documentary full of financial intrigue.
SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN (Hong Kong, Philippinen 2016, Baby Ruth Villarama, DOK.panorama). Sunday is the Filipino workers only day off. For six days a week they clean and cook for the middle classes of Hong Kong but on Sundays they compete for the crown of beauty queen. A beauty competition seen in a whole new light.