ATENTAMENTE – SINCERELY (Kolumbien 2016, Camila Rodríguez Triana, DOK.horizonte). Happiness in the autumn of life. In a retirement home in Colombia Alba and Libardo have fallen in love and long to spend a night together alone in a hotel. But at a cost of 15,000 Pesos this is way out of their reach. A gentle observation that is masterful in its simplicity.
BAÑO DE VIDA – BATH OF LIFE (Mexiko 2016, Dalia Reyes, DOK.guest). Cleansing life stories. Despite their dramatic experiences – cancer, homosexuality, rape – the people visiting the public baths don’t let their fate get them down. And sangria is available to order.
EL CHARRO DE TOLUQUILLA – THE CHARRO OF TOLUQUILLA (Mexiko 2016, José Villalobos Romero, DOK.guest). Mariachi singer Jaime basks in his own glory. Like his role models, the heroes of old Mexican western films, he loves women, alcohol and music. But his life also has its dark side: Jaime is HIV positive. An entertaining portrait of a true showman.
EL COLOR DEL CAMALEÓN – THE COLOR OF THE CHAMELEON (Belgium, Chile 2016, Andrés Lübbert, DOK.international). In the 1970s, the war reporter Jorge Lübbert fled Chile’s dictatorship to the GDR. His son, who grew up in Belgium, wants to know more about his father’s dark past. A perplexing political thriller and a touching father-son story.
EL HOMBRE QUE VIÓ DEMASIADO – THE MAN WHO SAW TOO MUCH (Mexiko 2015, Trisha Ziff, DOK.guest). Enrique Metinides loves his job as much as it terrifies him. Since the age of nine, he has been photographing the scenes of accidents and is in high demand. This portrait reveals the fragility of life in his pictures as well as that of his own.
EL MAR LA MAR (USA 2017, J.P. Sniadecki, Joshua Bonnetta, DOK.panorama). Migration policy from an ant’s perspective. Nature, animals… then clothes, mobile phones and shoes torn apart by desert storms and faded by the sun. A forbidding landscape between Mexico and USA captured in transcendental, skilfully composed images.
EL PASO (Mexiko 2016, Everardo González, DOK.guest). In Mexico journalists are increasingly falling victim to the deadly association between drug cartels and the judiciary. To protect their lives and the lives of their families they flee to USA. EL PASO tells of their attempts to begin a new life on the other side of the wall.
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.
SUBSUELO (Deutschland, Argentinien 2016, Tuna Kaptan, Student Award). There are films that are like poems. SUBSUELO by Tuna Kaptan is one of them: succinct and aloof, enigmatic and beautiful. The camera takes a stroll through the streets at night. A hymn to a lost love and to the city of Buenos Aires.