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.