6 JAHRE, 7 MONATE UND 16 TAGE – DIE MORDE DES NSU (Deutschland 2016, Sobo Swobodnik, DOK.deutsch). In the space of 6 years, 7 months and 16 days, the National Socialist Underground (NSU) murdered nine migrants and a German police officer without being stopped. Sobo Swobodnik’s black and white film essay acts as an audiovisual memorial to the victims.
ALL THESE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS (Polen, Großbritannien 2016, Michał Marczak, DOK.panorama). Kris and Michał drift through Warsaw. They dance with the hottest women. This is the summer of love reloaded. Poetry and theory – does friendship have any limits? A question, an encounter, cool electro beats. In your mid-twenties a lost weekend is never a lost weekend.
BLUMENTOPF 1992–2016: NIEMALS WIRD ES WIEDER SO WERDEN WIE ES WAR (Deutschland 2016, Philipp Laier, DOK.music - Open Air). The show is over… And as their grand finale they celebrate what they had for 24 years. At their last concert at Munich’s Zenith in front of 7,000 fans the hip-hop combo, Blumentopf, take their final bows. A defining moment in German rap history.
BRUDER JAKOB – BROTHER JAKOB (Deutschland 2016, Elí Roland Sachs, DOK.deutsch). Jakob converts to Islam, becomes radicalised and a Salafist. In the process he distances himself from his social circle and becomes estranged from his brother. Yet when his brother begins to make a film about his story, a dialogue ensues.
CAMERAPERSON (USA 2016, Kirsten Johnson, DOK.international). CAMERAPERSON is a diary of memories and images – a collection of documentary footage from Kirsten Johnson’s 25-year career as a camera operator. A film about the influence of images on the way that we see the world.
DANCER (Ukraine, Großbritannien, Russland, USA 2016, Steven Cantor, DOK.panorama). Sergei Polunin is the celebrated enfant terrible of the ballet world. At the age of four he embarked upon the career that led him to the Royal Ballet in London. But after years of extreme discipline, success appears to be a prison for him. An impressive dance film about growing up.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NOWHERE TO HIDE (Norwegen, Schweden 2016, Zaradasht Ahmed, DOK.international). Nori Sharif works as a nurse in a clinic in Iraq. When the director hands him a camera he records his life, his environment and the dramatic changes that take place over five years. A direct and shocking document.