BEFORE FATHER GETS BACK – SANAM MAMA DABRUNDEBA (Georgien, Frankreich, Deutschland 2018, Mari Gulbiani, DOK.horizonte). Teenagers Iman and Eva take part in a film course at their school in a small Georgian village and document their everyday life. Meanwhile their father is far away in Syria fighting for the Islamic State. Radical transformations captured in calm sequences.
BRUCE LEE & THE OUTLAW (Niederlande, Großbritannien, Tschechische Republik 2018, Joost Vandebrug, DOK.international). Nicu, a young homeless kid, lives in the tunnels under Bucharest with the criminal known as Bruce Lee, the king of the underworld. The home that Bruce offers is supposedly safe, but when Nicu becomes seriously ill, everything suddenly changes and the youngster gets a chance at a different life.
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.
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.
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.
WHITE MAMA (Russland 2018, Zosya Rodkevich, Evgeniya Ostanina, DOK.guest). On the outskirts of Moscow, a mother lives with her six children and her new husband. They decide to adopt a seventh child, a boy with mental health problems and the harmony in the family comes under threat.
YOU ARE MY FRIEND – JIJ BENT MIJN VRIEND (Niederlande 2018, Petra Lataster-Czisch, Peter Lataster, DOK.panorama). Branche and Ayham make friends in a class for new arrivals. But, when Ayham suddenly leaves, young Branche is devastated. Will he find another friend? One day Branche also has to go: now he can attend a normal primary school class.