AH (Türkei 2016, Mustafa Ünlü, DOK.euro.vision). On 15th October 2015 a big peace demonstration was due to take place in Ankara. Before the succession began two bombs exploded a short distance away and killed 102 people. A meticulous reconstruction of the events, which reveals some shocking facts.
DIL LEYLA (Deutschland 2016, Asli Özarslan, Student Award). The new mayor of the Turkish city of Cizre is called Leyla Imret and she is 26 years old. As a child, the daughter of a Kurdish family had to flee to Germany. Now she returns to a land full of hope and the threat of violence.
GHOST HUNTING – ISTIYAD ASBAHA (Frankreich, Schweiz, Palästina 2017, Raed Andoni, DOK.panorama). Former inmates recreate the Israeli interrogation centre, Moscobiya, as a backdrop against which they re-enact their experiences. Between role-play and reality they reveal the stigmata of torture and traumatisation. An intensive film experiment.
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.
LAST MEN IN ALEPPO (Deutschland 2017, Feras Fayyad – Ko-Regie: Steen Johannessen). The Syrian uprising began in 2011 and became a brutal war. In 2013 volunteers joined together to create the civilian protection force, the White Helmets. LAST MEN IN ALEPPO accompanies the first responders on their missions. An unsparing look at the appalling everyday life in the beleaguered city.
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!
NOWHERE TO HIDE (Norwegen, Schweden 2016, Zaradasht Ahmed, DOK.international). Nori Sharif works as a nurse in a clinic in Iraq. When the director hands him a camera he records his life, his environment and the dramatic changes that take place over five years. A direct and shocking document.
PASSENGERS – MOSAFERAN (Iran 2016, Mahmoud Rahmani, DOK.horizonte). A man asks the taxi driver where he can find quick sex. Another passenger does an impression of car horns. In the taxi people let their masks slip. Striking and sobering insights into everyday life in Iran.
SPRING HOPES – OUR WAY TO LIVE FREE (Österreich 2016, Jana Reißmann, Felix Krisai, Student Award). When you’ve achieved revolution at the beginning of your twenties it doesn’t mean that a new world just opens up for you. The young generation in Tunisia faces the broken fragments of their own future. A film about hope – despite all this.
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 CHALLENGE (Italien, Frankreich 2016, Yuri Ancarani, DOK.international). Falconry follows a centuries old tradition on the Arabian Peninsula. Only the wealth that comes from the oil in the desert state of Qatar is changing everything. This film celebrates a modern decadent life with the birds of prey and the desert in powerful cinematic images.
THE WAR SHOW (Finnland, Dänemark, Syrien 2016, Andreas Dalsgaard, Obaidah Zytoon, DOK.panorama). A very personal film about the beginnings of the Arab revolution in Syria – filmed as a video diary by the radio presenter Obaidah Zytoon and her friends. Initial euphoria ultimately gives way to total hopelessness. A shocking document.