BRASILIA: LIFE AFTER DESIGN (Großbritannien, Kanada, Brasilien 2017, Bart Simpson, DOK.panorama). “It’s going to be chaos.” Oscar Niemeyer, the legendary creator of Brasília, passes judgement on the current state of Brazil’s capital. The solidly crafted film about what was once a utopian concrete city is thrilling.
EX-SHAMAN – EX-PAJÉ (Brasilien 2018, Bolognesi Luiz, DOK.horizonte). An old shaman in the Brazilian Amazon has become redundant since his followers became westernised and converted to Christianity. An accident occurs – and suddenly the traditions, the shaman and the spirits are in demand again.
JAAR LAMENT OF IMAGES – JAAR EL LAMENTO DE LAS IMÁGENES (Chile 2017, Paula Rodriguez Sickert, DOK.panorama). Art as an act of resistance. Art as a last bastion of freedom in a society that has become immune to images. This is the first film ever made about the work and art of the Chilean Alfredo Jaar, one of the most important contemporary artists.
LA BESTIA – TRAIN OF THE UNKNOWNS (Deutschland 2018, Manuel Inacker, Student Award). In “Casa del Migrante” in Huehutoca, a suburb of Mexico City, refugees find a safe abode. At least for two days. Then they must go on with their journey towards USA in freight train carriages, which everyone here just calls “La Bestia,” the beast.
MAMACITA (Deutschland, Mexiko 2018, José Pablo Estrada Torrescano, DOK.female). In her small realm in Mexico, 98 year-old “Mamacita” is a beauty queen. But when her grandson comes to visit, secrets, lies and deceptions come to light, affecting five generations of the high society family.
O PROCESSO – THE TRIAL (Niederlande, Brasilien, Deutschland 2018, Maria Augusta Ramos, DOK.female). In 2016 a political thriller unfolds in the capital city of Brasília. The president Dilma Rousseff is on trial and faces removal from her office. The political elite and the general population are deeply divided and are fighting on both sides for their beloved Brasil.
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.
THE DREAD – EL ESPANTO (Argentinien 2017, Pablo Aparo, Martín Benchimol, DOK.panorama). Who needs a dentist when a frog will do just as well? A no-nonsense, amusing and visually powerful film that immerses us in the healing microcosm of a small village in the northernmost tip of Argentina. In the end, who would not want the possibility of being healed by SMS?
WHEN THE BULL CRIED – CUANDO EL TORO LLORÓ (Belgien, Bolivien 2017, Karen Vázquez Guadarrama Bart Goossens, DOK.horizonte). The Bolivian highlands. Here reigns El Tío, the god of the underworld and the mines, who must be appeased from time to time with rituals and sacrifices. The film follows a handful of people of different ages on and in the mountain as they go about their tough daily lives that are rich in mythology.
WO BIST DU, JOAO GILBERTO? – WHERE ARE YOU, JOAO GILBERTO? (Frankreich, Schweiz, Deutschland 2018, Georges Gachot, DOK.international). “He is meant to have hated people so much that he could not stand them. He is meant to have loved them so much that he could not stand them.” That is what they said about Joao Gilberto, the elusive creator of Bossa Nova. Georges Gachot takes us on an entertaining, investigative trip to Rio to find out more.