12 JOURS – 12 DAYS (Frankreich 2017, Raymond Depardon, Best of Fests). Twelve days after they are compulsorily admitted to hospital psychiatric patients in France get a hearing in court. In Raymond Depardon’s sharply-focussed chamber play, the power of the institution and desperate pleas for freedom go head to head.
20TH CIRCUIT SUSPECTS – MOTAHAMIN DAYERE BISTOM (Iran 2017, Hesam Eslami, DOK.horizonte). Adolescence in Teheran – not so easy when you are a small-time criminal, the police are hot on your tail and your gang is falling apart. For six years the director follows his protagonist Eshan by day and night – out stealing and in court – until he finds a “new gang”: his own family.
6129 M2 (Schweiz 2017, Julie Bellard, Student Award). Memories from childhood: together a father and daughter imagine the ideal surroundings for their life. Now, as they did back then, they view rented houses in the most varied of locations without ever moving in. An experiment in images and sound about inherited dreams, the value of which lies precisely in the fact that they never become reality.
A SUITABLE GIRL (Indien, USA 2017, Smriti Mundhra, Sarita Khurana, DOK.panorama). Amrita, Dipti and Ritu, three educated women from the Indian middle class, set out in search of suitable husbands. An intimate portrait about the controversial topic of arranged marriage in modern India.
A WOMAN CAPTURED (Ungarn, Deutschland 2017, Bernadett Tuza-Ritter, DOK.female). Marish lives in the household of a wealthy Hungarian family as a modern slave. The yoke that she has already been carrying for more than ten years has aged her fast. Is there a way out? An eye-opening film about “white slavery” – in the middle of Europe.
A YEAR OF HOPE (Dänemark, Niederlande 2017, Mikala Krogh, DOK.international). A year on a paradise island is supposed to pave the way for a better life for a group of street children from Manila. They have been severely traumatised by abuse and many have not seen their family for years. A film that is as upsetting as it is important.
ABOVE THE TIMBERLINE (Deutschland 2017, Marina Hufnagel, Student Award). On the Annapurna Trek in the Nepalese Himalayas, hikers from around the world search for a true adventure. In encountering the mountain even the camera loses sight of people, space and time. Is it possible for an individual to move forward amid the great flow of events?
AL GAMI'YA (Slowenien, Griechenland 2018, Reem Saleh, DOK.horizonte). Rod El Farg is a poor quarter of Cairo. The neighbourhood organises it’s own credit union. Marriages, illnesses and big purchases are financed in this way. We see the light and dark sides of a closely-knit community faced with a lack of public resources.
ALL THAT PASSES BY THROUGH A WINDOW THAT DOESN'T OPEN – ALL THAT PASSES BY THROUGH A WINDOW THAT DOESN'T OPEN (USA / Qatar 2017, Martin DiCicco, Best of Fests). Nowadays the trains just run to nowhere but soon in the Eurasian border region between Azerbaijan and Armenia prosperity will reign for all. Martin DiCicco’s fabulous railway voyage through harsh working environments and enchanted backdrops is instantly exhilarating.
AMAL (Norwegen, Ägypten, Libanon, Deutschland, Frankreich, Dänemark, Qatar 2017, Mohamed Siam, DOK.horizonte). Coming of age in Egypt. Amal is 14 years old when the revolution is at its peak. Determinedly, she fights and is dragged brutally across Tahrir Square. This long-term observation shows what it means to stand one’s ground in a world dominated by men.
AUGENBLICKE: GESICHTER EINER REISE – FACES, PLACES (Frankreich 2017, Agnès Varda, Best of Fests). Director Agnès Varda and street artist, JR, travel with his camera-van through France taking photos of the people they meet along the way. The pictures are then printed larger than life and stuck on the walls of buildings. A fantastic film about a unique art project.
BE' JAM BE – THE NEVER ENDING SONG – BE' JAM BE – ET CELA N'AURA PAS DE FIN (Frankreich, Schweiz 2017, Cyprien Ponson, Caroline Parietti, DOK.horizonte). In the Malaysian part of Borneo the indigenous Penan people live in, with and from the rainforest. The threat of deforestation hangs over them. The construction companies advance with heavy machinery. The nomadic people fight for their existence. A captivating eco-thriller accompanied by the Penan’s rhythmic spoken words.
BEUYS – BEUYS (Deutschland 2017, Andres Veiel, DOK.special). Andres Veiel’s portrait of Joseph Beuys is a skilfully produced montage artwork. Meticulously and boldly, the film combs through a plethora of images of Beuys’ artworks and performances and makes space for ideas that are still controversial today.
BIS ANS ENDE DER TRÄUME (Schweiz 2018, Wilfried Meichtry, DOK.deutsch). The author Katharina von Arx travelled alone around the world in the 1950s. In Tonga she met her great love Freddy Drilhon, another free thinker. Amour fou in a precarious balance between self-fulfilment, the longing to be settled and a desire for freedom.