ANGRY MONK – REFLECTIONS ON TIBET (Schweiz 2005, Luc Schaedler, DOK.special). The monk, Gendun Choepel, doesn't fit the Western image of Tibet in any way: headstrong and revolutionary, fond of women and alcohol, he fought for a modern, independent Tibet. As time has gone by he has become a role model for young Tibetans.
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.
HIDDEN PHOTOS (Italien 2016, Davide Grotta, DOK.special). Cambodia: two photographs, two generations, two worlds. While one celebrates a past in the Khmer Rouge, the young generation is looking for a new image of their homeland. A journey to discover HIDDEN PHOTOS.
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.
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.
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.
PER SONG – DONGWU YUAN (Deutschland, China 2016, Shuchang Xie, Student Award). In poetic black and white PER SONG recounts a youth in China that has conquered the night in the voids of the megalopolis and dreams of its own future. A delicate, moving ballad about love, pain and everything.
SEWOL – DIE GELBE ZEIT – SEWOL – PAUSED IN TIME (Österreich, Deutschland 2017, Minsu Park, DOK.international). “The clothes stink of the sea,” explains a mother in front of Minsu Park’s camera before her voice fails her as she remembers her daughter. An upsetting documentary film about the suffering of the victims of the Sewol ferry disaster and the catastrophic break down in authority.
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 CINEMA TRAVELLERS (Indien 2016, Shirley Abraham, Amit Madheshiya, DOK.horizonte). Year after year two travelling cinema operators take films to the remote provinces of West India. But their 35mm projectors are getting on a bit and the current blockbusters are only available as digital copies. The end of the analogue era has caught up with them too.