LET THE BELL RING (Deutschland 2018, Christin Freitag, Student Award). Malcolm has a dream: in the end, when he can’t feel the fatigue and pain any more, his fists are hoisted into the air: “The Winner is…!” This young man from LA’s reality consists of poverty, a lack of opportunities and a dream. A boxer, a drama, a film.
LOSING ALASKA (Niederlande, Großbritannien, Tschechische Republik 2018, Tom Burke, DOK.focus humaNature). While Trump casts doubt on climate change, in Alaska, as the permafrost melts at an ever-increasing rate, a town is sinking into the sea. Forgotten by the rest of America, the Yupik in their corrugated metal huts are seeing their community disintegrate.
MONROVIA, INDIANA (USA 2018, Frederick Wiseman, Best of Fests). A complex and closely observed portrait of a typical small town in the Mid-West – right in the heart of Trump country. With candour and sensitivity, Frederick Wiseman documents the life and routines of the inhabitants – direct cinema at its best.
STRESS (Deutschland 2018, Florian Baron, DOK.special). In slow motion and accompanied by an oppressive collage of sound, the experience of five young veterans from the war in Afghanistan unfolds. Without showing any violence, Florian Baron gives us an intimate insight into the after-effects of the front line.
THE WHALE AND THE RAVEN (Deutschland, Kanada 2019, Mirjam Leuze, DOK.international). The remaining residents of the First Nation settlement on Canada’s rough west coast have a profound relationship with nature, in particular whales. Two researchers, Janie Wray and Hermann Meuter, share the spirituality of the indigenous people. A moving filmic message from whales to humans.
WOODSTOCK (USA, Deutschland 2019, Barak Goodman, DOK.panorama). Woodstock was the pinnacle of the hippie era. Half a million people danced to the bands of the moment in peace and in the pouring rain. WOODSTOCK tells its story through archive material and the many voices of those who worked for the festival back then and catapults us through space and time right into the heart of summer 1969.