AMAL (Norwegen, Ägypten, Libanon, Deutschland, Frankreich, Dänemark, Qatar 2017, Mohamed Siam, DOK.horizonte). Coming of age in Egypt. Amal is 14 years old when the revolution is at its peak. Determinedly, she fights and is dragged brutally across Tahrir Square. This long-term observation shows what it means to stand one’s ground in a world dominated by men.
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.
OUAGA GIRLS – OUAGA GIRLS (Schweden, Burkina Faso, Frankreich, Qatar 2017, Theresa Traore Dahlberg, DOK.female). In a training centre in West African Burkina Faso young women learn how to be car mechanics. Self-assured and determined they are taking pioneering steps in a male-dominated profession.
OVER THE LIMIT (Polen, Finnland, Deutschland 2017, Marta Prus, DOK.international). She takes a bow after every competition with a smile on her face, yet beyond public view Rita tends to be serious. The pressure that the Russian gymnast is under is immense. Day after day she stoically endures her trainer’s harsh tone. The film spends a year with the 20-year-old as she heads towards the Olympics – and an important decision.
SILVANA – SILVANA (Schweden 2017, Mika Gustafson, Olivia Kastebring, Christina Tsiobanelis, DOK.international). A fascinating portrait of the Swedish rapper, Silvana Imam, who has taken Scandinavia by storm with her music and uncompromising lyrics and become a significant figurehead in Sweden’s feminist and anti-racist movements.
THE DISTANT BARKING OF DOGS (Dänemark 2017, Simon Lereng Wilmont, DOK.international). 10-year-old Oleg lives with his beloved grandmother in eastern Ukraine close to the front line. His everyday life is dictated by war. The film vividly shows what it means to be a child in times of conflict and to have to grow up fast.
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.
TRANSPARENT WORLD – PROZRACHNY MIR (Georgien 2017, Vato Kuntsev, DOK.panorama). Life is not only about giving birth to a child, it is about the responsibility that new life brings into our existence, that the child will be brought up as a legitimate person. Right-minded parents will gracefully share the duty of being patient and loyal to their child. Today Beka is 26 years old... His father taught him his profession. Beka makes art photography and a film about a physicist and composer. He had his first photo exhibition recently. The father's patience and understanding helped him to introduce his son to adult life and make him believe in his own talent.
WHAT WALAA WANTS – WHAT WALAA WANTS (Dänemark / Kanada 2018, Christy Garland, DOK.female). 15-year-old Walaa wants to be a police officer but she is a rebellious teenager. Her family offer her hardly any support. WHAT WALAA WANTS follows the girl from the West Bank on her path to adulthood and the police academy.