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.
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.
CLOSING TIME (Schweiz, Deutschland 2018, Nicole Vögele, DOK.international). Sleepless in Taipei – but not hungry. A late-night café under the motorway and its clientele: Tattooists, gamblers, couples. As peaceful as it is philosophical. Soup, vegetables and a warm bowl of rice help get them through the night.
CONGO CALLING (Deutschland 2019, Stephan Hilpert, Münchner Premieren). What impact does development aid have on a country? And what does it do to those who help? A fascinating insight into the everyday life of three Europeans who want to offer their assistance in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – and into their daily struggles with the bureaucracy of the African country.
CRAZY (Niederlande 1999, Heddy Honigmann, Retrospektive). Music can evoke memories instantaneously. Familiar tunes help Dutch UN veterans from different generations to come to terms with their traumatic experiences in various war zones.
DAS INNERE LEUCHTEN – THE INNER LIGHT (Deutschland 2019, Stefan Sick, DOK.panorama). Life for people with dementia takes place in the present. The past and future have no meaning. The director, Stefan Sick, observes and explores everyday life in a care home and gently captures the “inner light” of those who live there.
DEAD SEA DYING (Deutschland 2019, Rebecca Zehr, Katharina Rabl, Student Award). Entrepreneurs, pilgrims and big corporations, all wishing for a better future – because who wouldn’t like to float in the Dead Sea? That is if it weren’t for the sea level that gets lower every year. A dialogue with a mute protagonist.