ARRI AMIRA Award 2019: REDISCOVERY – GENOPDAGELSEN (Dänemark 2019, Phie Ambo, DOK.focus humaNature). 47 young people spend ten weeks fending for themselves on an abandoned construction site. What sounds like an adventure holiday is an excursion into grassroots democracy. Here, rules are discussed, an economic system created and the question asked: what is learning?
BUTTERFLY (Italien 2018, Alessandro Cassigoli, Casey Kauffman, Best of Fests). Irma Testa’s ultimate goal is Olympic gold. With her talent, the young Italian boxer has already come far – then, with one blow, she realises what she is missing out on. A striking coming of age story.
EASY LESSONS – KÖNNYU LECKÉK (Ungarn 2018, Dorottya Zurbó, Best of Fests). 17-year-old Kafia has fled Somalia and is stranded in Hungary. There she tries to take control of her life and adapt to the rules of a new culture without losing her identity. But it is anything but easy.
EYE CANDY (Deutschland 2018, Katharina Kraft, Student Award). Yasmin Lander is a wrestler. She enters the ring as the tomboy “Charlie Morgan” and fights for the fans’ respect. Would they still cheer for Charlie if she showed them her true self: young, fearless, unpredictable and… newly in love?
GODS OF MOLENBEEK – AATOS JA AMINE (Finnland, Belgien, Deutschland 2019, Reetta Huhtanen, DOK.international). Friends, Amine and Aatos, live in the same apartment block. Their world revolves around spiders, the search for god and, one day, terror, which changes everything in their district of Molenbeek. A contemporary childhood study that goes beyond clichés.
Kinderkino - PHIL UND DAS TRAURIGSEIN (Deutschland 2018, Marco Giacopuzzi, DOK.education). Where lies the line between sad and very sad, 11-year-old Phil is asked by his best friend. And Phil can give wonderfully reflected and clear answers - because he knows what he is talking about.
LOS REYES (Chile, Deutschland 2018, Bettina Perut, Ivan Osnovikoff, DOK.panorama). They can be found here in all weathers in Los Reyes, the oldest skate park in Santiago de Chile, where youth hangs out. This is home to two stray dogs, Chola and Football. A portrait of a section of Chilean society from an unusual perspective.
O'PFLANZT IS – 6 JAHRE GEMEINSCHAFTSGARTEN (Deutschland 2019, Mickel Rentsch, Münchner Premieren). A film about the life and the people of the “O’pflanzt is” community gardening project in Munich, which was forced to make way for a construction project at the start of 2018. A touching, personal story about a piece of nature in the city.
ROCKABUL (Dänemark, Afghanistan, Austrialien 2018, Travis Beard, DOK.panorama). Heavy metal in Kabul? "District Unknown" was the first and only heavy metal band in Afghanistan, its members - young protagonists of a new beginning, the music - a liberation blow. "The Rise and Fall of ..." quite different.
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.
THE GRAND HOTEL BALLET – LES PETITS MAÎTRES DU GRAND HOTEL (Frankreich 2018, Jacques Deschamps, DOK.panorama). Learning the ropes in a traditional French hotel: laying tablecloths neatly (ironing helps!), cleaning rooms, serving, greeting guests. Stepping out of line is frowned upon but the young people start dancing and singing. A documentary musical.