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.
I AM ANASTASIA – ICH BIN ANASTASIA (Deutschland 2019, Thomas Ladenburger, DOK.deutsch). Anastasia is dedicated to her role as a Commanding Officer in the German armed forces and is the first transgender to hold this position. She feels just as comfortable in olive green as she does under the rainbow flag and faces any misgivings with charm, candour and passion.
ISLAND OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS (Großbritannien, Deutschland, Australien 2018, Gabrielle Brady, Best of Fests). In a detention centre for asylum seekers on Christmas Island a social worker tries to help the refugees being held there. This aesthetically impressive film tells us about her work and everyday life in this idyllic non-place.
NO BOX FOR ME. AN INTERSEX STORY (Frankreich 2018, Floriane Devigne, Best of Fests). Neither Adam nor Eve. Intersex people do not fit any gender box. As part of her studies, Deborah reflects on outdated social prejudices and begins a positive process of establishing her identity for herself and others with the same condition.
SPIRIT OF THE BALL (Deutschland 2019, Murad Abu Eisheh, DOK.special). "One ball, one world." SPIRIT OF THE BALL stands for community and against every form of exclusion. With this motto a group of football enthusiasts travels across Europe to Russia for the World Cup.
STRONGER THAN FEARS (Deutschland 2019, Tobias Rehm, Münchner Premieren). For four years the director Tobias Rehm followed the curators of the Munich film festival, KINO ASYL. A look behind the scenes with sensitive interviews with the team of refugees who carefully select and present films from their home countries.
TAHRIIB (Deutschland 2018, Lisa-Ena Ottenschläger, Student Award). “Tahriib means escape and oblivion in the Sahara.” A young man tells his story of fleeing through the desert towards the unknown. Striking depictions in an experimental film. Not for the faint-hearted.
TANZANIA TRANSIT (Niederlande 2018, Jeroen van Velzen, DOK.network Africa). A train journey through Tanzania, which takes us across the vast landscapes of the East African country and gives us a glimpse into its society. In the microcosm of a train carriage we get to know two Maasai, a priest and a bar owner and learn what it means to be Tanzanian.
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.
VIKTOR DOK.deutsch: DIE BAULICHE MASSNAHME (Österreich 2018, Nikolaus Geyrhalter, DOK.deutsch). A border fence between Tyrol and South Tyrol? This is not a dystopian vision but a real proposal laid out by Austrian politicians in 2016 to hold back the refugees at their gates. Meanwhile the inhabitants of the region reflect upon a ‘Fortress Europe.’
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.