BELLINGCAT – TRUTH IN A POST-TRUTH WORLD (Niederlande 2018, Hans Pool, DOK.special). From the crash of flight MH17 in the Ukraine to the crimes of the Syrian regime: volunteer contributors to the investigative research platform, Bellingcat, allow us intimate insights into their work and demonstrate the power of open source investigations.
BOY OF WAR (Deutschland, Tschechische Republik 2018, Cyprien Clement-Delmas, Igor Kosenko, DOK.special). 18-year old Artiom feels a calling: he must go into battle – for his “mother,” Ukraine. He will save her, he thinks. With childlike naivety he treks through forests and ruins, his gun at the ready playing war and practicing for war - until the harsh reality catches up with him.
BR kinokino Publikumspreis: ANOTHER REALITY (Deutschland, Schweiz 2019, Noël Dernesch, Olli Waldhauer, DOK.deutsch). In Germany’s big cities, members of families involved in crime live in a parallel world. Young men with well-kempt beards, bulging muscles and big cars let us into their homes and share their dreams. Gangsta rap and a different kind of integration. Better than any fiction.
BRUCE LEE & THE OUTLAW (Niederlande, Großbritannien, Tschechische Republik 2018, Joost Vandebrug, DOK.international). Nicu, a young homeless kid, lives in the tunnels under Bucharest with the criminal known as Bruce Lee, the king of the underworld. The home that Bruce offers is supposedly safe, but when Nicu becomes seriously ill, everything suddenly changes and the youngster gets a chance at a different life.
BRUDERLIEBE – DEAR BROTHER (Deutschland 2019, Julia Horn, DOK.deutsch). After a car accident, Marcus falls into a coma. His brother Michael gives up his own life to care for him. Then another chapter begins. Michael discovers his own limits. A long-term observational documentary about profound brotherly love.
BUDDY (Niederlande 2018, Heddy Honigmann, Retrospektive). Dog is “man’s best friend,” Voltaire declared in his Dictionnaire Philosophique in 1764. In BUDDY, Heddy Honigmann portrays six of these best friends and their appreciative owners who live with injuries or handicaps.
BUTTERFLY (Italien 2018, Alessandro Cassigoli, Casey Kauffman, Best of Fests). Irma Testa’s ultimate goal is Olympic gold. With her talent, the young Italian boxer has already come far – then, with one blow, she realises what she is missing out on. A striking coming of age story.
CENTURY OF SMOKE (Belgien 2018, Nicolas Graux, DOK.horizonte). In the Golden Triangle, in the mist-shrouded jungle of Laos, a family from the Akha tribe lives from opium cultivation. The women work in the fields and raise the children. The men smoke opium. It is a livelihood and a curse. In powerful images, the film depicts the vicious cycle.
CHASING THE THUNDER (USA 2018, Mark Benjamin, Marc Levin, DOK.special). For 110 days and over 10,000 nautical miles, we accompany the environmental activists from Sea Sheperd on an epic chase across the Antarctic seas. Their mission: to find the poacher ship, Thunder, detain it and escort it to Australia.
CHINESE PORTRAIT – 我的镜头 (Hong Kong 2018, Xiaoshuai Wang, DOK.international). A portrait of present-day society in China created entirely without dialogue and in long takes reminiscent of moving paintings. A wonderful, extremely idiosyncratic, cinematic film.
CLAUDE LANZMANN: SPECTRES OF THE SHOAH (Großbritannien, Kanada 2015, Adam Benzine, DOK.special). A homage to Claude Lanzmann and his masterpiece, SHOAH - which is seen today as a milestone in the cinematic examination of the holocaust - created to mark the 30-year anniversary of SHOAH and two years before Claude Lanzmann’s death.
CLOSE UP: ISTANBUL / DIE SAMSTAGSMÜTTER – SATURDAY MOTHERS (Deutschland 2019, David Preute). Since 1995, the Saturday Mothers have been demonstrating at the gates of the Galatasaray High School in Istanbul. They want justice for their family members who have disappeared in police custody. But since 25 August 2018 their protest has been officially banned.
CLOSE UP: ISTANBUL / FRAMEWORK OF ART (Deutschland 2019, Elisabeth Kratzer). “Istanbul – The most inspiring city in the world“ was the slogan of the European Capital of Culture 2010. But the open-minded and free city has changed over the past years. Self-censorship is seen as a form of protection as well as a possibility to show other perspectives of thinking.
CLOSE UP: ISTANBUL / HEUTE NICHT IN DEN NACHRICHTEN – CLOSE UP: ISTANBUL / NOT IN THE NEWS TONIGHT (Deutschland 2019, Franziska Brozio). In Turkey, a journalist’s life is not easy, at least if your opinion is not that of the government. In Istanbul I met those journalists who are activists by heart as well as those, who are usually not very interested in news of protests and the critique of the opposition.
CLOSE UP: ISTANBUL / ISTANBUL – MILLENNIUM CITY (Deutschland 2019, David Preute). The city of Istanbul looks back on a long and eventful history. The former mayor Erdoğan wants to restore it to the old Ottoman splendour and make Istanbul into a millennium city. But his great vision does not appeal to all Turks.