ENTREPRENEUR – YRITTÄJÄ (Finnland 2018, Virpi Suutari, DOK.panorama). The start-up dream: investors are queuing up. Demand for Pulled Oats, a meat-free alternative to pulled pork, is outstripping production capacity. Meanwhile a family firm that runs a little fun fair is fighting for survival. What makes an entrepreneur?
HÖHENFLÜGE – HIGHFLYERS (Deutschland 2019, Lena Leonhardt, DOK.deutsch). Several hundred thousand euros for a pigeon: a price many super rich in Dubai or China are willing to pay because especially in China betting on pigeon races has become a million-dollar business. HIGHFLYERS talks about winners and losers in a game ruled by the new powers of global economy.
LOVEMOBIL (Deutschland 2019, Elke Margarete Lehrenkrauss, DOK.deutsch). We are all humans – a moving and visually impressive ‘heimat’ film that gives sex workers a voice and reveals the seething abyss under the surface of the German provincial idyll, without losing its belief in humanity.
PUSH (Schweden 2019, Fredrik Gertten, DOK.panorama). “You’ve changed,” reads the large-scale graffiti emblazoned across many of Toronto’s apartment buildings. The madness of global gentrification seems to be never-ending but Leilani Farha, a UN Special Rapporteur, is fighting against the greed of the real estate industry.
SAKAWA (Belgien, Niederlande 2018, Ben Asamoah, Best of Fests). It is common knowledge that people can assume new identities on the internet. Yet many people are misled, for example on online dating sites. The Ghanaian protagonists in SAKAWA know how to take advantage of the widespread loneliness in the West. A film about internet scamming and global inequity.
SCHOOL OF SEDUCTION (Dänemark 2019, Alina Rudnitskaya, DOK.guest). Lida, Vika und Diana, three Russian women, attend the post-feminist “School of Seduction” with the aim of marrying rich men. Their prospects of success are high. There is only one thing standing in their way: their desire for independence.