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.
STRESS (Deutschland 2018, Florian Baron, DOK.special). In slow motion and accompanied by an oppressive collage of sound, the experience of five young veterans from the war in Afghanistan unfolds. Without showing any violence, Florian Baron gives us an intimate insight into the after-effects of the front line.
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.
SURVIVORS (Sierra Leone, USA 2018, Arthur Pratt, Banker White, Anna Fitch, Lansana Mansaray, DOK.horizonte). In 2014 the World Health Organisation declared the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa a “global crisis.” International solutions were needed. But how did those affected on the ground react? A film about courage and solidarity at the epicentre of the catastrophe in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
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.
TALKING ABOUT TREES (Frankreich, Sudan, Deutschland, Tschad, Qatar 2019, Suhaib Gasmelbari, DOK.network Africa). The Sudanese filmmakers Ibrahim, Manar, Suliman and Eltayeb want to re-open an outdoor cinema, the “Revolution Theatre” in Khartoum. With creativity, humour and a love of film the old men fight against power outages, the call of the Muezzin and the authorities.
TANZ AUF DEM VULKAN – JUST ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE (Deutschland 2019, Maya Reichert, Münchner Premieren). In striking imagery, smouldering lava spews out over the idyllic volcanic island of Fogo – a symbol of the blessings and curses in the lives of the three protagonists, who have courageously defied fate to find love, happiness and a home away from home on the Cape Verde Islands.
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.