AL GAMI'YA (Slowenien, Griechenland 2018, Reem Saleh, DOK.horizonte). Rod El Farg is a poor quarter of Cairo. The neighbourhood organises it’s own credit union. Marriages, illnesses and big purchases are financed in this way. We see the light and dark sides of a closely-knit community faced with a lack of public resources.
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.
DER SECHSTE KONTINENT – THE SIXTH CONTINENT (Italien, Deutschland 2017, Andreas Pichler, DOK.deutsch). At the Haus der Solidarität in Brixen people with social problems from different backgrounds live together in an extraordinary community. A real-life social utopia with ups and downs, which risks being torn apart by a planned relocation.
DIE GENTRIFIZIERUNG BIN ICH. BEICHTE EINES FINSTERLINGS – I AM GENTRIFICATION. CONFESSIONS OF A SCOUNDREL (Schweiz 2017, Thomas Haemmerli, Best of Fests). From the expensive house that he grew up in to squats and individually owned apartments, a Swiss journalist, digital nomad and filmmaker searches São Paulo, Tbilisi, Mexico City and Zurich and discovers: I am gentrification.
DIE KUNST DER WIDERREDE – THE ART OF ARGUMENT (Österreich, Deutschland 2018, Gereon Wetzel, Melanie Liebheit, DOK.deutsch). Mass state surveillance on trial at the International Court of Justice. Four Munich students prepare themselves for a major legal event – as prosecutors and defence. A contest to see who has the best arguments and the most faith in their powers of persuasion.
FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO FIRE – PER CHI VUOLE SPARARE (Italien 2017, Pierluca Ditano, Student Award). Broad shoulders in a black anorak. A cart bearing a heavy load. As the yellow light of Turin breaks on the cobblestones of the Piazza della Repubblica, bodies and the camera are in constant movement. But the daily construction and dismantling of the market stalls is not enough to support a family. Then Peppino has a business idea.
GRENZENLOS – GESCHICHTEN VON FREIHEIT & FREUNDSCHAFT – BEYOND BORDERS – STORIES OF FREEDOM & FRIENDSHIP (Deutschland 2018, Johanna Bentz, Camilo Colmenares, Sandra Dajani, Madeleine Dallmeyer, Nazgol Emami, Diana Menestrey, Khaled Nawal, Birgit Schulz, DOK.special).
HOT GREASE (USA 2017, Sam Wainwright Douglas, Paul Lovelace, Jessica Wolfson, DOK.special). Chip fat in the tank? New technologies are transforming old cooking oil into fuel for cars, buses and HGVs. Yet this beneficial energy source doesn't just preserve the environment it also provokes resistance from the big corporations. A fascinating and highly topical study of the battle in the energy sector.
HUNGER – GENUG IST NICHT GENUG – HUNGER – IN A WORLD OF PLENTY (Schweiz 2011, Christian Neu, DOK.special). Do poor countries have any chance of being self-sufficient? The former Swiss Secretary of State for the economy David Syz, an international development politics insider, explores the causes of hunger – and identifies solutions.
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.
RÊVER SOUS LE CAPITALISME – DREAMING UNDER CAPITALISM (Belgien 2017, Sophie Bruneau, DOK.international). With incessant greed the ghost of neoliberalism pursues the labouring masses even to their beds: “And I saw the image of the people who were eating me." It’s high time for this smart, essayistic exorcism by Sophie Bruneau.
RIOT NOT DIET (Deutschland 2018, Julia Fuhr Mann, Student Award). An unknown world, inhabited by fat womens’ bodies, presented both in stereotypical poses and deconstructed ones. RIOT NOT DIET shows a new way of representing the female form. A body that expands, dissolves and blows away in the wind resisting any form of conformist corporeal pursuits.
SCHILDKRÖTEN PANZER (Deutschland 2017, Kaptan Tuna, Student Award). In a Munich reptile shelter the paths of those who have returned from war cross with those who are about to go. A tortoise came here in the pocket of a Syrian. A solider is practicing the handling of venomous Malian snakes.