A SUITABLE GIRL (Indien, USA 2017, Smriti Mundhra, Sarita Khurana, DOK.panorama). Amrita, Dipti and Ritu, three educated women from the Indian middle class, set out in search of suitable husbands. An intimate portrait about the controversial topic of arranged marriage in modern India.
A YEAR OF HOPE (Dänemark, Niederlande 2017, Mikala Krogh, DOK.international). 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.
ABOVE THE TIMBERLINE (Deutschland 2017, Marina Hufnagel, Student Award). On the Annapurna Trek in the Nepalese Himalayas, hikers from around the world search for a true adventure. In encountering the mountain even the camera loses sight of people, space and time. Is it possible for an individual to move forward amid the great flow of events?
BE' JAM BE – THE NEVER ENDING SONG – BE' JAM BE – ET CELA N'AURA PAS DE FIN (Frankreich, Schweiz 2017, Cyprien Ponson, Caroline Parietti, DOK.horizonte). In the Malaysian part of Borneo the indigenous Penan people live in, with and from the rainforest. The threat of deforestation hangs over them. The construction companies advance with heavy machinery. The nomadic people fight for their existence. A captivating eco-thriller accompanied by the Penan’s rhythmic spoken words.
DEMONS IN PARADISE (Frankreich, Sri Lanka 2017, Jude Ratnam, DOK.horizonte). For over 20 years a civil war raged between the Tamils and Sinhalese in Sri Lanka. What brought about such an unleashing of violence? The filmmaker Jude Ratnam sets out on a journey to explore the country’s past and the memories of his family members. In the end there remains a promise to overcome fear.
EASTERN MEMORIES (Finnland 2018, Niklas Kullström, Martti Kaartinen, DOK.panorama). A hundred years ago a Finn made his mark on the history of Mongolia. At the age of 25, Gustav John Ramstedt travelled there to study the nomad languages. He stayed most of his life and experienced the region’s transition into modernity.
EISENKOPF – IRONHEAD (Deutschland, China 2017, Tian Dong, Student Award). Kung Fu Football – the “Chinese dream.” In a Deng Feng Shaolin boarding school some of the 10,000 pupils learn to play football alongside the traditional martial arts – to complete exhaustion. China’s next generation captured in insightful sequences.
LAST DAYS IN SHIBATI – DERNIERS JOURS A SHIBATI (Frankreich 2017, Hendrick Dusollier, DOK.panorama). In the shadows of a Chinese metropolis lies the old quarter of Shibati, which is due to be demolished. The remaining inhabitants are astonished that a European filmmaker is taking interest in their disappearing world.
MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. (Großbritannien, USA, Sri Lanka 2018, Steve Loveridge, DOK.female). Rebel, artist, pop icon and mother: M.I.A. wears many hats. Her original music and culture clash aesthetic have brought her international success. The film compiles personal videotapes, interviews and live concert recordings and reveals an extraordinary woman with a vociferous attitude.
RAGHU RAI, AN UNFRAMED PORTRAIT (Finnland, Norwegen, Indien 2017, Avani Rai, DOK.panorama). Indira Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Dalai Lama – the Indian Magnum photographer, Raghu Rai, records contemporary history and its protagonists in powerful images. With her debut film, his daughter draws a portrait of an idiosyncratic artist and documentarist – touching and humorous.
THE NEXT GUARDIAN (Ungarn, Niederlande 2017, Dorottya Zurbó, Arun Bhattarai, DOK.horizonte). 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.