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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
UNTITLED (Österreich, Deutschland 2017, Michael Glawogger, Monika Willi, DOK.special). What does a documentary look like „when you let yourself be led by nothing but your own curiosity and intuition“ (Michael Glawogger)? Out of this notion, Monika Willi has put together an extremely vital film essay: entirely in the spirit of the exceptional late Austrian director.
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.