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.
ELISH'S NOTEBOOKS – HAMACHBAROT SHEL ELISH (Israel 2017, Golan Rise, DOK.panorama). After the death of their mother, the children find her diaries. One for each child, seven in all. They begin to read and travel back to their childhood in a Kibbutz in the Israel of the 50s and 60s. A mood of optimism versus maternal instincts? A film that stirs the emotions.
GUARDIANS OF HERITAGE – HÜTER DER GESCHICHTE – GUARDIANS OF HERITAGE – CULTURE CLASH (Deutschland 2017, Emanuel Rotstein, DOK.special). The documentary GUARDIANS OF HERITAGE shows Hannes Jaenicke and other prominent supporters meeting different people around the world, who raise their voices against the destruction of culture and world heritage and fight for its preservation.
LOVE IS POTATOES – LIEFDE IS AARDAPPELEN (Niederlande 2017, Aliona van der Horst, DOK.panorama). How can a family history be reconstructed when communication is not possible? After the death of her mother, the filmmaker travels to her home village in Russia and tells not only the story of her family through personal found footage but also that of the Stalin era.
MAXIM LEBEN – EIN ALTES KINO ERZÄHLT (Deutschland 2017, Peter Heller, Münchner Premieren). From the late 1970s, under the direction of Sigi Daiber, the Maxim, one of Munich’s oldest cinemas, became a stronghold of alternative film culture and played a part in the beginnings of DOK.fest Munich. When the end of the venue seemed to be inevitable, four cinema enthusiasts reinvented the Maxim.
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.
NACHLASS – LEGACY (Deutschland 2017, Gabriele Voss, Christoph Hübner, DOK.special). NACHLASS offers us a moving insight into the generations of children and grandchildren of high-ranking Nazis and holocaust survivors and how they handle the heavy burden of this legacy. An affirmation of an active culture of remembrance.
OPERATION PROVIANT – PROPAGANDASCHLACHT BERLINER LUFTBRÜCKE (Deutschland 2018, Andreas Hancke, Michael Kloft, DOK.special). The Berlin Airlift, which supplied the west sector in 1948, was, first and foremost, a tremendous propaganda battle at the start of the Cold War that turned the occupying forces into protecting powers. Andreas Hancke deconstructs a myth.
SCHLAGZEILEN GEGEN HITLER (Deutschland 2018, Ute Bönnen, DOK.special). The “Münchner Post” was a social democratic newspaper. Until 1933 its editors bravely campaigned for press freedom and against Hitler. An emboldening story: a story about moral courage and resistance.
SPK KOMPLEX – SPK COMPLEX (Deutschland 2018, Gerd Kroske, DOK.special). Five hundred gun licenses for patients – this is what a Socialist Patients’ Collective leaflet called for on the eve of the German Autumn. Wouldn’t that be the most effective psychotherapy for us all: the abolition of the capitalist patriarchal society? The director Gerd Kroske digs deep into a little known chapter of German history.
THE OSLO DIARIES (Israel, Kanada 2018, Daniel Sivan, Mor Loushy, DOK.panorama). In the 1990s the Oslo peace process offered hope that a solution to the decades-old conflict between Israel and Palestine would be found. Archive material, interviews and re-enactments tell the inside story of what happened– a tale of great sadness but of even greater humanity.
THE OTHER SIDE OF EVERYTHING – DRUGA STRANA SVEGA (Serbien, Qatar, Frankreich 2017, Mila Turajlic, Best of Fests). “I don’t know – this country isn’t normal.” For years Srbijanka Turajlic has campaigned against political injustice from her home in Belgrade. Her daughter, Mila creates an extremely intimate portrayal of her and tells the story of her turbulent homeland of Serbia.
UNE JEUNESSE ALLEMANDE – A GERMAN YOUTH (Frankreich, Schweiz, Deutschland 2015, Jean-Gabriel Périot, DOK.special). The federal republic of the 1960s and its youth: upheaval, disillusionment, politicisation, and radicalisation. Without commentary and using solely archive material, this skilfully assembled film conveys the rise and fall of the RAF with its sights always on the present.
WALDHEIMS WALZER – THE WALDHEIM WALTZ (Österreich 2018, Ruth Beckermann, Best of Fests). “We acknowledge that he was not in the SA, only his horse was.” When the Nazi past of Kurt Waldheim came to light in 1986 the majority of Austrians saw the accusations against the Austrian People’s Party presidential candidate as an assault on the nation’s honour – and elected him anyway.