UNSETTLING (Großbritannien, Israel 2018, Iris Zaki, Best of Fests). A left-wing filmmaker from Tel Aviv “occupies” an Israeli settlement on the West Bank – with two chairs. Over the course of a month she waits with her camera rolling to meet the controversial settlers. Candid access to a callous conflict.
VERTEIDIGER DES GLAUBENS (Deutschland 2019, Christoph Röhl, DOK.panorama). As Benedict XVI, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was only the second pope in the church’s long history to resign from his position as God’s representative on earth. This film tells the story of a man who started out as a reformer, only to be defeated by modernity.
VIKTOR DOK.deutsch: DIE BAULICHE MASSNAHME (Österreich 2018, Nikolaus Geyrhalter, DOK.deutsch). A border fence between Tyrol and South Tyrol? This is not a dystopian vision but a real proposal laid out by Austrian politicians in 2016 to hold back the refugees at their gates. Meanwhile the inhabitants of the region reflect upon a ‘Fortress Europe.’
VIKTOR DOK.horizonte: ESTÁ TODO BIEN – IT'S ALL GOOD (Venezuela, Deutschland 2018, Tuki Jencquel, DOK.horizonte). Medicine shortages, a lack of doctors, catastrophic hygiene conditions. Venezuela’s economic collapse has led to a breakdown in the health service, which has proved fatal for many people.
VIKTOR Main Competition DOK.international: DER NACKTE KÖNIG – 18 FRAGMENTE ÜBER REVOLUTION (Polen, Schweiz, Deutschland 2019, Andreas Hoessli, DOK.international). In 1978 Andreas Hoessli went to Poland for his doctoral studies. There he made friends with Ryszard Kapuscinski, who was working as a reporter on the unrest in Iran. Shortly after that the Solidarity protests began. 40 years later Hoessli looks back at the great upheavals that ran parallel to each other.
VOICES OF THE SEA (Großbritannien, USA 2018, Kim Hopkins, DOK.horizonte). A young mother longs to escape her hopeless life in a Cuban fishing village. But the journey over the sea to the USA is risky and, for many, ends up being fatal.
VORFILM: AD LI BI TUM (Deutschland 2018, Johanna Seggelke). Music, expression, dance. Improvisation, relationship, performance. Everyday life. Ardhi and Urte.
VORFILM: BESSERE ZUKUNFT (Deutschland 2017, Marius Bacza). Sabine Bundschu is the voice of the Munich subway. But who really knows the person behind it? Who can say exactly who she is? Sabine Bundschu would like to announce a station in Munich, but unfortunately there is no subway there yet. In Gräfelfing there is a road called "Better Future".
VORFILM: FAULES HEU (Deutschland 2018, Lennart Heidtmann). A short story about punk, rebellion and growing up: Xaver has to buy a new amplifier, otherwise he will be thrown out of his punk band. But his father doesn't want to give him the money. Time for Xaver to break out.
VORFILM: KONTAKT (Deutschland 2018, Hilarija Locmele). Markus Kunas is a dance and movement therapist. In the film he dances himself through several emotions caused by his surroundings: the awakening in nature, the loneliness in the urban and the synergy between people in the form of a contact improvisation.
VORFILM: TIGER TIGER - REALITY (Deutschland 2019, Susanne Steinmassl). In Reality, imagination and reality blur under distorted glitch into a kaleidoscopic reality of their own; it is about the contrasts of the conscious and the unconscious, finiteness and infinity, which are recorded in music and video in a reality-constituting way.
WAR OF ART (Norwegen, Deutschland 2019, Tommy Gulliksen, DOK.panorama). As the nuclear conflict with North Korea escalates once again in the summer of 2017, a group of international artists travel to the insular land to connect with local creatives. A complex film about an extraordinary cultural exchange.
WARUM ICH HIER BIN – WHY I AM HERE (Deutschland 2018, Susanne Mi-Son Quester & Mieko Azuma, DOK.education). Five people tell us why they had to leave their homeland as children and what it was like for them to start anew in Germany.
WENN WIR ERST TANZEN – ONCE WE ARE DANCING (Deutschland 2018, Dirk Heth, Olaf Winkler, Dirk Lienig, DOK.deutsch). The town of Hoyerswerda is emblematic of the demise of the GDR. Everything that this town represented was swallowed up by the fall of communism. The people were left without any market worth. A citizens’ dance project helps them to live with the shame. A sensually choreographed, empathetic film.
WHEN TOMATOES MET WAGNER (Griechenland 2019, Marianna Economou, DOK.panorama). Does Richard Wagner’s music make tomatoes grow better? This and other such important questions are discussed by two cousins who grow organic tomatoes in a Greek village, helped by the remaining members of a community in decline.