FFF Förderpreis Dokumentarfilm: CONGO CALLING (Deutschland 2019, Stephan Hilpert, Münchner Premieren). What impact does development aid have on a country? And what does it do to those who help? A fascinating insight into the everyday life of three Europeans who want to offer their assistance in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – and into their daily struggles with the bureaucracy of the African country.
NEW MOON (Kenia 2018, Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann, DOK.network Africa). An investigative documentary about a giant harbour project on the coast of Kenya – that was the original idea. Yet the search for the right approach to the topic on the island of Lamu leads to a more personal exploration. Filmmaking as an existential process.
NO GOLD FOR KALSAKA – PAS D'OR POUR KALSAKA (Burkina Faso, Deutschland 2019, Michel K. Zongo, DOK.horizonte). In the great gold rush, the inhabitants of the Burkina Faso village of Kalsaka fell by the wayside. Their initial hopes, stoked by the government and multinational gold mining companies, give way to disappointment and disillusionment.
SAKAWA (Belgien, Niederlande 2018, Ben Asamoah, Best of Fests). It is common knowledge that people can assume new identities on the internet. Yet many people are misled, for example on online dating sites. The Ghanaian protagonists in SAKAWA know how to take advantage of the widespread loneliness in the West. A film about internet scamming and global inequity.
SISTERS OF THE WILDERNESS (Südafrika 2018, Karin Slater, DOK.focus humaNature). From the township to the wilderness, five Zulu women walk through the iMfolozi Park in South Africa. They experience the dangers and the endangerment of nature up close. Man and beast, big tragedies and small, self-discovery and understanding.
SURVIVORS (Sierra Leone, USA 2018, Arthur Pratt, Banker White, Anna Fitch, Lansana Mansaray, DOK.horizonte). In 2014 the World Health Organisation declared the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa a “global crisis.” International solutions were needed. But how did those affected on the ground react? A film about courage and solidarity at the epicentre of the catastrophe in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
TAHRIIB (Deutschland 2018, Lisa-Ena Ottenschläger, Student Award). “Tahriib means escape and oblivion in the Sahara.” A young man tells his story of fleeing through the desert towards the unknown. Striking depictions in an experimental film. Not for the faint-hearted.
TALKING ABOUT TREES (Frankreich, Sudan, Deutschland, Tschad, Qatar 2019, Suhaib Gasmelbari, DOK.network Africa). The Sudanese filmmakers Ibrahim, Manar, Suliman and Eltayeb want to re-open an outdoor cinema, the “Revolution Theatre” in Khartoum. With creativity, humour and a love of film the old men fight against power outages, the call of the Muezzin and the authorities.
TANZ AUF DEM VULKAN – JUST ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE (Deutschland 2019, Maya Reichert, Münchner Premieren). In striking imagery, smouldering lava spews out over the idyllic volcanic island of Fogo – a symbol of the blessings and curses in the lives of the three protagonists, who have courageously defied fate to find love, happiness and a home away from home on the Cape Verde Islands.
TANZANIA TRANSIT (Niederlande 2018, Jeroen van Velzen, DOK.network Africa). A train journey through Tanzania, which takes us across the vast landscapes of the East African country and gives us a glimpse into its society. In the microcosm of a train carriage we get to know two Maasai, a priest and a bar owner and learn what it means to be Tanzanian.