DELTA VENTURA (Schweiz 2016, Fulvio Balmer Rebullida). Two sportspeople explore a delta. Casual observations mix with performances. An experiment with the visualisation of what is given to be real and the narrative power of the imagination. The most enigmatic film of this year’s DOK.fest.
ENCORDÉS – ROPED UP (Schweiz 2017, Frédéric Favre, DOK.international). Encordés – roped! Florence, Guillaume and Antoine are connected by a common goal: to take part in the challenging ski mountaineering race “Patrouille des Glaciers” through the Swiss Alps. The trio have very personal motives and fortunes that have driven them to this extreme feat.
MUHAMMAD ALI – DER LANGE WEG ZURÜCK (Deutschland 1974, Georg Stefan Troller, Retrospektive). He himself never expected it: Cassius Clay aka Muhammad Ali, an outsider and enfant terrible of the boxing world, fought against the odds to be world champion. The portrait of an exceptionally talented fighter – just before the peak of his career.
PIES LIGEROS – SWIFT FEET (Mexiko 2016, Juan Carlos Núñez Chavarría, DOK.guest). Rarámuri, “those who run fast,” is the name given to the Tarahumara people of North Mexico, who are known worldwide for their long-distance running. The two portrayed here were once the fastest and most determined of the tribe. We are shown their international achievements as well as their battle for recognition in their own land.
SCHULTERSIEG – WIN BY FALL (Deutschland 2016, Anna Koch, Student Award). “I didn’t see you fight!” Four girls swap their families for life in a sport-focussed boarding school. The aim is clear: to win the German wrestling championship. A film of grand images and quiet moments. A coming of age story with real, tough battles.
TEAM GAZA (Niederlande 2016, Frederick Mansell, Laurens Samsom, DOK.horizonte). Everyday life in Gaza consists of more than war and poverty. TEAM GAZA observes the Beach Camp football team as they fight against relegation. Off the pitch the players follow their dreams: a house, family, independence. A fresh look at the Gaza Strip.
THE AFRICAN WHO WANTED TO FLY – L'AFRICAIN QUI VOULAIT VOLER (Belgien, Frankreich, Gabon 2016, Samantha Biffot, DOK.horizonte). He was the first ever black African to learn i the fine art of Chinese martial arts n a Shaolin temple. THE AFRICAN WHO WANTED TO FLY tells the amazing story of a 15-year-old from Gabon, who set out to become a Kung Fu fighter in China.
ULTRA (Ungarn, Griechenland 2016, Balazs Simonyi, DOK.panorama). In 36 hours the participants in the Spartathlon, one of the toughest long-distance marathons in the world, must cover a distance of 246 kilometres. By day and night the runners battle against the heat, the cold and the clock. What drives them to take on this superhuman feat of endurance?
YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE (Deutschland 2017, André Schäfer, DOK.special). How does a musical ballad become one of the most well-known football anthems in the world? The film sends the actor Joachim Król on a journey of discovery. As a Dortmund fan he travels to Budapest, New York and to where everything began: Anfield Stadium in Liverpool.