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.
LOS VIEJOS – THE OLDIES (Großbritannien, Cuba, Venezuela 2018, Rosana Matecki, DOK.panorama). Three elderly musicians in Santa Clara, Cuba. Despite their advanced age, Zaida, Cándido and Bringuez’s passion has not faded in the least. A film about growing old that does not romanticise and celebrates the joy of living.
METAL AND MELANCHOLY (Niederlande 1993, Heddy Honigmann, Retrospektive). Asphalt heroes. Heddy Honigmann climbs on board a taxi in Peru’s capital, Lima, and portrays those who sit behind the wheels of their battered old cars day in day out as a second or third job to escape poverty in a country marked by the financial crisis.
NIÑA SOLA – GIRL ALONE (Mexiko 2019, Javier Ávila, DOK.international). 19 year-old Cintia is murdered. In search of answers and the perpetrator, her mother and sister reflect on their own experiences in violent relationships. A Mexican social study and an intimate and poetic crime film.
OBLIVION – EL OLVIDO (Niederlande 2008, Heddy Honigmann, Retrospektive). “OBLIVION doesn't scream, it whispers. OBLIVION doesn't sob; it just cries.” Heddy Honigmann’s film is a homage to her home town and, above all, the people in Lima: the so-called “little people.”
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.
THINKING LIKE A MOUNTAIN (Deutschland, Kolumbien 2018, Alexander Hick, Münchner Premieren). For 500 years, the Arhuacos have been defending their home in the Columbian highlands. In landscape images reminiscent of Werner Herzog’s AGUIRRE, DER ZORN GOTTES, Alexander Hick masterfully portrays the remote struggle of the indigenous people.