ATENTAMENTE – SINCERELY (Kolumbien 2016, Camila Rodríguez Triana, DOK.horizonte). Happiness in the autumn of life. In a retirement home in Colombia Alba and Libardo have fallen in love and long to spend a night together alone in a hotel. But at a cost of 15,000 Pesos this is way out of their reach. A gentle observation that is masterful in its simplicity.
AUF MEINEM WEG – SIEBTE UND ACHTE KLASSE IN DER WALDORFSCHULE (Deutschland 2016, Maria Knilli, Münchner Premieren). In the provinces of Upper Bavaria the pupils at a Waldorf School are growing up. Here academic subjects are on an equal footing with the development of manual, musical and artistic skills. In this long-term documentation the lust for learning is astonishing – it gives hope for alternative education.
AVEC L'AMOUR (Mazedonien 2017, Ilija Cvetkovski, DOK.panorama). When you are old can you still have dreams? Dionis is a teacher who is just about to retire and in his spare time is a passionate collector of old cars. To house his collection he wants to build a museum in a small town in Macedonia. Sometimes you have to be crazy to achieve something!
BAGNINI & BAGNANTI – LIFEGUARDS IN LOVE (Italien 2017, Fabio Paleari, DOK.panorama). The lifeguards on Italy’s beaches are the epitome of the European Latin lover. Every summer the young men used to have countless affairs with young tourists. Today things have changed but the good times are not completely over.
BAÑO DE VIDA – BATH OF LIFE (Mexiko 2016, Dalia Reyes, DOK.guest). Cleansing life stories. Despite their dramatic experiences – cancer, homosexuality, rape – the people visiting the public baths don’t let their fate get them down. And sangria is available to order.
BEGEGNUNG IM KNAST (Deutschland 1981, Georg Stefan Troller, Retrospektive). Last chance saloon. In the high security prison of Moundsville, West Virginia, some convicted felons are tasked with getting a group of young delinquents back on the right track. A disturbing social experiment – fearlessly brought to the screen.
BERLIN REBEL HIGH SCHOOL (Deutschland 2017, Alexander Kleider, DOK.deutsch). What is more important: learning by rote blindly or collective understanding? Alexander Kleider’s revealing education study is about a radical, self-managed high school in a Berlin backyard: where there’s no pressure to perform (or bullying) and, in return, happy pupils!
BEYOND BOUNDARIES – BREZMEJNO (Slowenien, Deutschland 2016, Peter Zach, DOK.euro.vision). Slovenia lies nestled in the heart of Europe bordered by Croatia, Austria, Hungary and Italy. Peter Zach wanders along the edges of this small country and meets Europeans. A poetic road movie that is both optimistic and timeless.
BLUMENTOPF 1992–2016: NIEMALS WIRD ES WIEDER SO WERDEN WIE ES WAR (Deutschland 2016, Philipp Laier, DOK.music - Open Air). The show is over… And as their grand finale they celebrate what they had for 24 years. At their last concert at Munich’s Zenith in front of 7,000 fans the hip-hop combo, Blumentopf, take their final bows. A defining moment in German rap history.
BOYS IN WOLVE'S CLOTHING – PAS COMME DES LOUPS (Frankreich 2016, Vincent Pouplard, DOK.panorama). Roman and Sifredi position themselves outside of society. They don’t want any part in it; they actually don’t want any part in anything. To be free, that’s what the twins want. Without any commitments they live a wild life among nature on the outskirts of the city.
BRUDER JAKOB – BROTHER JAKOB (Deutschland 2016, Elí Roland Sachs, DOK.deutsch). Jakob converts to Islam, becomes radicalised and a Salafist. In the process he distances himself from his social circle and becomes estranged from his brother. Yet when his brother begins to make a film about his story, a dialogue ensues.
BURNING OUT (Belgien, Frankreich, Schweiz 2017, Jérôme le Maire, DOK.panorama). Saint Louis hospital in Paris is one of the biggest in the city. For two years Jérôme le Maire accompanied the hospital staff and gained insights into their stressful everyday lives, in which the patients are ultimately degraded to the status of objects.
CAHIER AFRICAIN (Deutschland, Schweiz 2016, Heidi Specogna, DOK.special). Seen from the outside the “Cahier Africain” is a simple exercise book. Flipping it open you get an uneasy sense of its historic and judicial significance: over 300 victims of sexual abuse and violence at the hands of Congolese rebels in the Central African Republic bear witness here.
CAMERAPERSON (USA 2016, Kirsten Johnson, DOK.international). CAMERAPERSON is a diary of memories and images – a collection of documentary footage from Kirsten Johnson’s 25-year career as a camera operator. A film about the influence of images on the way that we see the world.