1637°C (Österreich 2016, Mareike Müller, Student Award). Steel – this material runs through our industrial society like a grid of concrete reinforcements. A poetic, wordless, fascinating and visually impressive profile of a raw material.
A GREEK WINTER (Niederlande 2016, Ingeborg Jansen, DOK.euro.vision). 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.
CITY OF THE SUN – MZIS QALAQI (Georgien, Niederlande, Qatar, USA 2017, Rati Oneli, DOK.horizonte). A mining town in Georgia. 50 percent of the manganese needed by the world used to be extracted here. Today only a few people are holding out in Tschiatura. A portrait of a waning industrial utopia and its residents in the post-industrial era.
CODE OF SURVIVAL – DIE GESCHICHTE VOM ENDE DER GENTECHNIK – CODE OF SURVIVAL – OR THE END OF GENETIC ENGINEERING (Deutschland 2016, Bertram Verhaag, Münchner Premieren). Using examples from four continents this focused documentary study shows once more the devastating effects of non-organic crop growing but, at the same time, offers proof that there is another way. Bertram Verhaag has succeeded in building a strong case for sustainable agriculture.
DEAD DONKEYS FEAR NO HYENAS – DAS GRÜNE GOLD (Schweden, Deutschland, Finnland 2016, Joakim Demmer, DOK.horizonte). How can a country export food products by the tonne and at the same time be dependent on food aid? Precise investigative journalism reveals Ethiopia to be the scene of a global land rush as it sells off its own future.
DREAM EMPIRE (Dänemark 2016, David Borenstein, DOK.international). Business is booming for the young agency boss, Yana. Creating an illusion of an international ambiance, foreigners employed in so-called “White Monkey Gigs” are transforming remote ghost towns into globalised mega cities. A journey into the heart of the Chinese dream with many curiosities along the way.
FAHR MA OBI AM WASSER – RIDE THE RIVER (Deutschland 2017, Walter Steffen, Münchner Premieren). The Isar River with its crystal clear alpine water and cultural traditions stretching back centuries is described as a “lifeline”. Walter Steffen’s pleasantly slow-paced portrait satisfyingly immerses us in calm contemplation.
HASHTI TEHRAN (Iran 2016, Daniel Kötter, DOK.panorama). Teheran as a microcosm of Iran. From the snow-capped mountains in the north to the dusty desert streets of the south, the city also represents a social incline. To the west and the east it stretches ever further. Filmic reflections on architecture and space.
LA TEMPESTAD CALMADA – THE CALM TEPMEST (Spanien 2016, Omar A. Razzak, DOK.international). A fishing boat leaves the Italian island fortress and sails to the open sea. Suddenly a storm arises. Faces are filled with fear. Then, all at once, complete calm. The storm has subsided. Poetic and idiosyncratic – pure film art!
MA YAN CHAN – WAVES OF TRANSITION (Schweiz 2017, Jonas Scheu, Student Award). The banks of the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar have been home for generations to day labourers and street traders. Now a new building block is meant to offer the people here a ‘better life.’ In grand images MA YAN CHAN depicts the archaic and the modern.
RANCHER, FARMER, FISHERMAN (USA 2016, Susan Froemke, John Hoffman, DOK.special). From the Montana Rockies to the Kansas wheat fields and the Gulf of Mexico: Families who work the land and sea are crossing political divides to find unexpected ways to protect the natural resources vital to their livelihoods.
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.
ZEIT UND ENERGIE – ON POWER AND TIME (Deutschland 2016, Bettina Sandhäger, Charlotte Funke, Student Award). We are no longer there, we are in transit. Between cheap flights and wanderlust there grows a longing that cannot be expressed in words. A complex and playful essay film about a generation that is restlessly looking to centre itself.