ADVOCATE (Israel, Kanada, Schweiz 2019, Rachel Leah Jones, Philippe Bellaiche, DOK.international). “I’m the lawyer who always loses,” Lea Tsemel remarks. The Israeli human rights activist represents those who the nationalists call Palestinian terrorists. Tsemel talks about freedom fighters. In the fiery political climate, she speaks out for justice tirelessly.
DEAD SEA DYING (Deutschland 2019, Rebecca Zehr, Katharina Rabl, Student Award). Entrepreneurs, pilgrims and big corporations, all wishing for a better future – because who wouldn’t like to float in the Dead Sea? That is if it weren’t for the sea level that gets lower every year. A dialogue with a mute protagonist.
ISIS, TOMORROW. THE LOST SOULS OF MOSUL (Italien, Deutschland 2018, Francesca Mannocchi, Alessio Romenzi, DOK.international). Half a million children lived in Iraqi Mossul during the three-year occupation by the "Islamic State". Some of them, severely traumatized, talk about life in the city, which now lies in ruins: yesterday and today. What will be tomorrow? A shocking document.
UNSETTLING (Großbritannien, Israel 2018, Iris Zaki, Best of Fests). A left-wing filmmaker from Tel Aviv “occupies” an Israeli settlement on the West Bank – with two chairs. Over the course of a month she waits with her camera rolling to meet the controversial settlers. Candid access to a callous conflict.