WHAT WALAA WANTS – WHAT WALAA WANTS (Dänemark / Kanada 2018, Christy Garland, DOK.female). 15-year-old Walaa wants to be a police officer but she is a rebellious teenager. Her family offer her hardly any support. WHAT WALAA WANTS follows the girl from the West Bank on her path to adulthood and the police academy.
WHEN THE BULL CRIED – CUANDO EL TORO LLORÓ (Belgien, Bolivien 2017, Karen Vázquez Guadarrama Bart Goossens, DOK.horizonte). The Bolivian highlands. Here reigns El Tío, the god of the underworld and the mines, who must be appeased from time to time with rituals and sacrifices. The film follows a handful of people of different ages on and in the mountain as they go about their tough daily lives that are rich in mythology.
WHEN THE WAR COMES (Tschechische Republik, Kroatien 2018, Jan Gebert, DOK.panorama). “Heil Fatherland!” Led by their spiritual leader, Peter Švrček, 200 youths train every weekend for the next world war. Jan Gebert’s eye-opening documentary exposes a pervasive shift to the right in Eastern Europe.
WIR TRÄUMTEN VOM FRÜHLING – MY RUSSIAN SPRING (Deutschland, Russland 2017, Xenia Sigalova, Münchner Premieren). Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. As a young adult, Xenia Sigalova went with her parents to the West. Almost two decades later she returns and hardly recognises her home country. Nowadays she is a filmmaker – what has happened to her friends?
WO BIST DU, JOAO GILBERTO? – WHERE ARE YOU, JOAO GILBERTO? (Frankreich, Schweiz, Deutschland 2018, Georges Gachot, DOK.international). “He is meant to have hated people so much that he could not stand them. He is meant to have loved them so much that he could not stand them.” That is what they said about Joao Gilberto, the elusive creator of Bossa Nova. Georges Gachot takes us on an entertaining, investigative trip to Rio to find out more.
WONDERFUL LOSERS: A DIFFERENT WORLD (Lettland, Irland, Italien, Schweiz, Belgien, Litauen, Großbritannien, Spanien 2017, Arunas Matelis, Best of Fests). Their jerseys are torn; their elbows are bloody. Give up? No chance! The captains still need their domestiques. WONDERFUL LOSERS: A DIFFERENT WORLD depicts these anonymous professional cyclists with great sensitivity. There, at the bottom of the results table, beats the true heart of this sport.
ZEITENWENDE IN GIESING (Deutschland 2018, Morgane Remter, DOK.special). The old Agfa camera factory in Giesing must make way for the creation of new housing and commercial premises. But what do the residents and employees have to say about this? Between nostalgia and optimism, Remter follows the metamorphosis of an area.
ZENTRALFLUGHAFEN THF – CENTRAL AIRPORT THF (Frankreich, Deutschland, Brasilien 2018, Karim Aïnouz, Best of Fests). On the historic site of the former Berlin Tempelhof airport, two worlds meet each other. Makeshift accommodation temporarily houses refugees and, on the other side of the fence, lies Tempelhofer Feld, a public park and playing field for leisure activities and an alternative lifestyle.