93QUEEN (USA 2018, Paula Eiselt, DOK.panorama). Rachel "Ruchie" Freier from Brooklyn is an Orthodox Jewish woman, mother of six children, lawyer and wildly determined to turn patriarchy in her community upside down: She founds the first volunteer women's rescue service for women. Director Paula Eiselt accompanies the courageous mission. She succeeds in gaining a multi-layered insight into the religious Jewish life of Brooklyn.
ANOTHER LIFE (Österreich, Deutschland 2019, Jan Prazak, Student Award). Alex lives as a hermit in Ireland and spends his days in the company of the animals he shares his home with. He lovingly takes care of injured sea birds. Alex doesn’t speak much about his earlier life but, little by little, we get to know the background to his radical lifestyle.
ANTHROPOCENE: THE HUMAN EPOCH (Kanada 2018, Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas De Pencier, DOK.focus humaNature). Every year up to 100 billion tonnes of material is removed from the earth. Three quarters of the areas of our planet that are not covered in ice are cultivated or inhabited by people. In powerful images the filmmakers document the dominance of humans over our planet.
BELLINGCAT – TRUTH IN A POST-TRUTH WORLD (Niederlande 2018, Hans Pool, DOK.special). From the crash of flight MH17 in the Ukraine to the crimes of the Syrian regime: volunteer contributors to the investigative research platform, Bellingcat, allow us intimate insights into their work and demonstrate the power of open source investigations.
DIE ROTE LINIE – WIDERSTAND IM HAMBACHER FORST (Deutschland 2019, Karin de Miguel Wessendorf, DOK.focus humaNature). Germany can only meet its climate targets if it shuts down its lignite-fired power plants. But the energy company RWE wants to continue mining lignite in the Rhineland. Tree squatters, citizens' initiatives, mothers, fathers and church groups mobilize: Resistance in the Hambach forest!
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.
SHEEP HERO (Niederlande 2018, Ton van Zantvoort, DOK.panorama). Stijn Hilgers, one of the last roaming shepherds in the Dutch heathlands, lives in harmony with his family and his animals. But his sustainable way of working the land cannot withstand the pressure to adapt to the neo-liberal world.
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.