HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING (USA 2018, Ramell Ross, DOK.guest). Composed of intimate and unencumbered moments of people in a community, this film is constructed in a form that allows the viewer an emotive impression of the Historic South – trumpeting the beauty of life and consequences of the social construction of race, while simultaneously existing as a testament to dreaming – despite the odds.
I AM ANOTHER YOU (USA 2017, Nanfu Wang, DOK.guest). Freedom, non-conformity and a life on the streets of America – this is what Dylan left the shelter of his home in Utah for. From his perspective the Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang explores the value of personal freedom – and its constraints.
ISLAND SOLDIER (USA 2017, Nathan Fitch, DOK.guest). ISLAND SOLDIER takes a look at the Pacific island state of Micronesia after the end of the US occupation in 1983. Still dependent today on US financial aid, Micronesia functions as a “recruiter’s paradise” for the US armed forces – for many inhabitants it offers them the only possibility to earn an income.
LAND OF THE FREE (Dänemark, Finnland 2017, Camilla Magid, DOK.guest). Instead of prevention and rehabilitation, the American justice system is focussed on one thing above all: punishment. Three ex-prisoners can still sense this when they return to life on the outside. Only the Monday meetings at a Christian church give them hope. A sensitive film about the tough social reality in South Central Los Angeles.
MUSIC FROM A FRONTIER TOWN (Hörspiel) (Deutschland 2018, Michaela Melián, DOK.guest). Munich’s Amerikahaus, established after the Second World War, was central to the USA’s re-education programme. Its declared aim was the de-nazification of the German post-war population. Its cultural activities attracted over 80,000 visitors per month.
ON A KNIFE EDGE (USA 2017, Jeremy Williams, DOK.guest). 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.
SUNNYSIDE (Belgien 2017, Frederik Carbon, DOK.panorama). 90-year old sound artist Sandy Jacobs and his friend, the architect Daniel Liebermann, lead a bizarre existence on a mountain in Northern California. A portrait of a couple of eccentrics who are looking back on their lives and don't want to abandon their dreams.