ANTHROPOCENE: THE HUMAN EPOCH (Kanada 2018, Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas De Pencier, DOK.focus humaNature). Every year up to 100 billion tonnes of material is removed from the earth. Three quarters of the areas of our planet that are not covered in ice are cultivated or inhabited by people. In powerful images the filmmakers document the dominance of humans over our planet.
BR kinokino Publikumspreis: ANOTHER REALITY (Deutschland, Schweiz 2019, Noël Dernesch, Olli Waldhauer, DOK.deutsch). In Germany’s big cities, members of families involved in crime live in a parallel world. Young men with well-kempt beards, bulging muscles and big cars let us into their homes and share their dreams. Gangsta rap and a different kind of integration. Better than any fiction.
CHASING THE THUNDER (USA 2018, Mark Benjamin, Marc Levin, DOK.special). For 110 days and over 10,000 nautical miles, we accompany the environmental activists from Sea Sheperd on an epic chase across the Antarctic seas. Their mission: to find the poacher ship, Thunder, detain it and escort it to Australia.
DIE ROTE LINIE – WIDERSTAND IM HAMBACHER FORST (Deutschland 2019, Karin de Miguel Wessendorf, DOK.focus humaNature). Germany can only meet its climate targets if it shuts down its lignite-fired power plants. But the energy company RWE wants to continue mining lignite in the Rhineland. Tree squatters, citizens' initiatives, mothers, fathers and church groups mobilize: Resistance in the Hambach forest!
MISSION LIFELINE (Deutschland 2018, Markus Weinberg, DOK.panorama). The sixth mission of the Dresden rescue boat, Lifeline, made history. For two years, Markus Weinberg accompanied Mission Lifeline on their operations. A film about the madness of criminalising people who save lives.
PUSH (Schweden 2019, Fredrik Gertten, DOK.panorama). “You’ve changed,” reads the large-scale graffiti emblazoned across many of Toronto’s apartment buildings. The madness of global gentrification seems to be never-ending but Leilani Farha, a UN Special Rapporteur, is fighting against the greed of the real estate industry.
RESSACA – VERTIGE DE LA CHUTE (Frankreich, Brasilien 2018, Rimbaux Vincent, Patrizia Landi, DOK.international). Rio de Janeiro’s Teatro Municipal is the jewel of the nation’s opera scene but it is on the brink of collapse: the state is bankrupt and can no longer pay the employees’ salaries. The workers resist with all their might and try to save the theatre. An impressive call to arms in black and white.
THE WHALE AND THE RAVEN (Deutschland, Kanada 2019, Mirjam Leuze, DOK.international). The remaining residents of the First Nation settlement on Canada’s rough west coast have a profound relationship with nature, in particular whales. Two researchers, Janie Wray and Hermann Meuter, share the spirituality of the indigenous people. A moving filmic message from whales to humans.
WOODSTOCK (USA, Deutschland 2019, Barak Goodman, DOK.panorama). Woodstock was the pinnacle of the hippie era. Half a million people danced to the bands of the moment in peace and in the pouring rain. WOODSTOCK tells its story through archive material and the many voices of those who worked for the festival back then and catapults us through space and time right into the heart of summer 1969.