ALLES GUT – I'M OKAY (Deutschland 2016, Pia Lenz, DOK.deutsch). Djaner and Ghofran, two children who have fled war and persecution, venture out into their new home of Hamburg. Pia Lenz’s observation of the pair has a delicateness that leaves you astonished and speechless.
BERLIN REBEL HIGH SCHOOL (Deutschland 2017, Alexander Kleider, DOK.deutsch). What is more important: learning by rote blindly or collective understanding? Alexander Kleider’s revealing education study is about a radical, self-managed high school in a Berlin backyard: where there’s no pressure to perform (or bullying) and, in return, happy pupils!
KOMUNIA – COMMUNION (Polen 2016, Anna Zamecka, DOK.panorama). The heartbreaking story of a 14-year-old Polish girl who has to play the roles of mother, father and sister as well as being herself. Caught in the vicious circle of a dysfunctional family, Ola fights with all her strength against the force of her circumstances.
MISS KIET'S CHILDREN – DE KINDEREN VAN JUF KIET (Niederlande 2016, Petra Lataster-Czisch, Peter Lataster, DOK.euro.vision). A sensitively observed film about everyday life in a Dutch integration class taught by the wonderful Kiet Engels.
NORMAL AUTISTIC FILM – NORMÁLNÍ AUTISTICKY FILM (Tschechische Republik 2016, Miroslav Janek, DOK.panorama). “What am I? An Aspie!” Marjam calls out to the director behind the camera – and is mightily proud of it. From the very first second Miroslav Janek’s multifaceted study of a completely “other” world with rules all of its own is enthralling.