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.
THE CHINESE WILL COME (Serbien 2018, Tanja Brzakovic, DOK.panorama). Chinese migrants are hardly noticed in Serbia. They work in agriculture and trade, supplying the population with cheap everyday products. But a state visit by the Chinese president promises future-oriented changes.
THE GRAND HOTEL BALLET – LES PETITS MAÎTRES DU GRAND HOTEL (Frankreich 2018, Jacques Deschamps, DOK.panorama). Learning the ropes in a traditional French hotel: laying tablecloths neatly (ironing helps!), cleaning rooms, serving, greeting guests. Stepping out of line is frowned upon but the young people start dancing and singing. A documentary musical.
THE MAGIC LIFE OF V (Bulgarien, Finnland, Dänemark 2019, Tonislav Hristov, Best of Fests). 25-year-old Veera, who is traumatised by a difficult childhood with a violent father, attempts to regain her self-confidence and become the heroine of her own story through live roleplaying. A poignant film about the power of fantasy.
THE MIRACLE OF THE LITTLE PRINCE (Niederlande 2018, Marjoleine Boonstra, DOK.panorama). Tibetan, Tamazight, Sami, Nahuat… The French novella „The Little Prince” has been translated into more than 300 languages. Poetically and insightfully, the film portrays the book’s translators and gives an insight into their sometimes indigenous languages and cultures.
THE RAFT – FLOTTEN (Schweden 2018, Marcus Lindeen, Best of Fests). In 1973, six women and five men spent 101 days on a raft crossing the Atlantic. This was not an accident nor a reality TV format, but a social experiment by Santiago Genovés, a Mexican who was researching the roots of human violence.
THE REMAINS – NACH DER ODYSSEE – THE REMAINS – AFTER THE ODYSSEY (Österreich 2019, Nathalie Borgers, DOK.panorama). Thousands of refugees drown in the Mediterranean Sea trying to reach Europe. Who recovers their bodies? Who takes care of the survivors? THE REMAINS sheds light on one particular aspect of the trauma that many refugees have to live through.
THE SOUND IS INNOCENT (Tschechische Republik, Frankreich, Slowakei 2019, Johana Ožvold, DOK.panorama). Transcending time, THE SOUND IS INNOCENT takes us into the inner world of electronic music. A spectacular voyage from the beginnings of audio technology to the French avant garde and contemporary artists - and back again. Poets behind their computer screens.
THE TRIAL OF RATKO MLADIC (Großbritannien, Norwegen 2018, Henry Singer, Rob Miller, DOK.panorama). The siege of Sarajevo and the Srebrenica massacre are considered the most brutal war crimes since the Second World War. Is it possible to get justice for these atrocities? THE TRIAL OF RATKO MLADIC goes behind the scenes of the trial of the century.
THE UNDERGROUND ORCHESTRA (Niederlande 1997, Heddy Honigmann, Retrospektive). The musicians dreamt of a better tomorrow. Today they live in Paris, in modest circumstances and often illegally. When they play in markets, on the streets and in the metro, their lost homelands can be heard - and a picture of a cosmopolitan Paris unfolds.
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.
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.
THIRD CLASS TRAVEL – PLATZKART (Russland 2017, Rodion Ismailov, DOK.guest). The longest train journey in the world runs between Moscow and Vladivostok along 9,300 kilometres of track. On board are drinkers and dreamers, students and grandparents, work colleagues and families. Come along for the ride!
TIERE – ANIMALS (Deutschland 2019, Jonas Spriestersbach, Student Award). Animals are our best friends, our status symbols – and also our food. How we treat animals says everything about our own desires and deepest yearnings. TIERE is a carefully composed series of episodes on the topic of humanity.
UNA PRIMAVERA (Österreich, Deutschland, Italien 2018, Valentina Primavera, Student Award). A wife wants a divorce; her daughter picks up her camera. Hope blossoms. Perhaps the chaos of suffering, contempt and violence will finally subside. But families are families and fathers remain fathers. Then what about the mother? A homage to a smart, vulnerable and strong woman.