The film programme of DOK.fest München. At the cinema. At home.
3 to 14 May 2023 at the Munich venues
8 to 21 May 2023 @home
As always, DOK.fest München opens the view out to the world: with 130 of the best and most current international documentaries from 55 countries. Our goal is the greatest possible participation in our films, which is why we bring them to the big screen in Munich cinemas as well as to home screens throughout Germany: DOK.fest stays dual.
ON A KNIFE EDGE (USA 2017, Jeremy Williams, DOK.guest Canada). People tend to think that the native Americans’ resistance ended in 1890 with Wounded Knee. With his portrait of the 14-year-old Lakota George Dull Knife, Jeremy Williams shows that the battle continues to this day. They still march and protest.
A YEAR OF HOPE (Denmark 2017, Mikala Krogh, DOK.international Main Competition). A year on a paradise island is supposed to pave the way for a better life for a group of street children from Manila. They have been severely traumatised by abuse and many have not seen their family for years. A film that is as upsetting as it is important.
THE DISTANT BARKING OF DOGS (Denmark 2017, Simon Lereng Wilmont, DOK.international Main Competition). 10-year-old Oleg lives with his beloved grandmother in eastern Ukraine close to the front line. His everyday life is dictated by war. The film vividly shows what it means to be a child in times of conflict and to have to grow up fast.
AMAL (Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Lebanon, Norway, Qatar 2017, Mohamed Siam, DOK.horizonte Competition – Cinema of Urgency). Coming of age in Egypt. Amal is 14 years old when the revolution is at its peak. Determinedly, she fights and is dragged brutally across Tahrir Square. This long-term observation shows what it means to stand one’s ground in a world dominated by men.
THE NEXT GUARDIAN (Hungary, Netherlands 2017, Dorottya Zurbó, Arun Bhattarai, DOK.horizonte Competition – Cinema of Urgency). In a remote village in Bhutan conflicting notions of happiness, karma and fulfilment exist within one family. The father wants the son to carry on the family traditions. The daughter dreams of a career as a pro footballer.
TRANSPARENT WORLD – PROZRACHNY MIR (Georgia 2017, Vato Kuntsev, DOK.panorama). Life is not only about giving birth to a child, it is about the responsibility that new life brings into our existence, that the child will be brought up as a legitimate person. Right-minded parents will gracefully share the duty of being patient and loyal to their child. Today Beka is 26 years old... His father taught him his profession. Beka makes art photography and a film about a physicist and composer. He had his first photo exhibition recently. The father's patience and understanding helped him to introduce his son to adult life and make him believe in his own talent.
PRIMAS (Kanada 2017, Laura Bari, BEST OF FESTS). The childhood of the teenagers Rocío and Aldana is marked by abuse and violence. Now the two young women are trying to overcome their traumas: by speaking about them and dealing with the past through therapy. A film about survival and life going on.
WHAT WALAA WANTS – WHAT WALAA WANTS (Canada, Denmark 2018, Christy Garland, DOK.female). 15-year-old Walaa wants to be a police officer but she is a rebellious teenager. Her family offer her hardly any support. WHAT WALAA WANTS follows the girl from the West Bank on her path to adulthood and the police academy.