MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. (Großbritannien, USA, Sri Lanka 2018, Steve Loveridge, DOK.female). Rebel, artist, pop icon and mother: M.I.A. wears many hats. Her original music and culture clash aesthetic have brought her international success. The film compiles personal videotapes, interviews and live concert recordings and reveals an extraordinary woman with a vociferous attitude.
MELTING SOULS – NORILSK – L'ETREINTE DE GLACE (Frankreich 2017, François-Xavier Destors, DOK.international). Cut off from the world, the town of Norilsk lies in the deepest Siberian north. Against all odds, it rose up from the foundations of a gulag. In this environment everything is possible. Surrounded by ice, the inhabitants find their own means of escape.
MINIATURE FOR PIANO – MINIATURA ZA PIANO (Bulgarien 2017, Eldora Traykova, DOK.panorama). Four elderly country doctors in Bulgaria care for their patients with utter dedication and recount their eventful lives. In black and white images and to the music of P.I. Tschaikowski, the panorama of a meaningful existence melancholically unfolds.
NAMRUD (TROUBLEMAKER) (Österreich 2017, Fernando Romero Forsthuber, DOK.panorama). With his provocative songs about religion, identity and occupation Jowan Safadi frequently courts controversy. But the musician is also a single parent… An engrossing musical portrait set against the backdrop of everyday Israeli-Palestinian life.
ON A KNIFE EDGE (USA 2017, Jeremy Williams, DOK.guest). People tend to think that the native Americans’ resistance ended in 1890 with Wounded Knee. With his portrait of the 14-year-old Lakota George Dull Knife, Jeremy Williams shows that the battle continues to this day. They still march and protest.
OVER THE LIMIT (Polen, Finnland, Deutschland 2017, Marta Prus, DOK.international). She takes a bow after every competition with a smile on her face, yet beyond public view Rita tends to be serious. The pressure that the Russian gymnast is under is immense. Day after day she stoically endures her trainer’s harsh tone. The film spends a year with the 20-year-old as she heads towards the Olympics – and an important decision.
SILVANA – SILVANA (Schweden 2017, Mika Gustafson, Olivia Kastebring, Christina Tsiobanelis, DOK.international). A fascinating portrait of the Swedish rapper, Silvana Imam, who has taken Scandinavia by storm with her music and uncompromising lyrics and become a significant figurehead in Sweden’s feminist and anti-racist movements.
STILLER KAMERAD – SILENT COMRADE (Deutschland 2017, Leonhard Hollmann, Student Award). Have you ever looked a horse in the eyes? Three soldiers try to find a way back to normality and to heal the mental scars of war. Their therapists: horses.
SUNNYSIDE (Belgien 2017, Frederik Carbon, DOK.panorama). 90-year old sound artist Sandy Jacobs and his friend, the architect Daniel Liebermann, lead a bizarre existence on a mountain in Northern California. A portrait of a couple of eccentrics who are looking back on their lives and don't want to abandon their dreams.
TEXAS KABUL (Deutschland 2004, Helga Reidemeister, Retrospektive). From India to Serbia, from Afghanistan to USA – four site inspections and four meetings with women who refuse to accept war quietly. “Haven’t we all helped fascism along its way.”
THE DISTANT BARKING OF DOGS (Dänemark 2017, Simon Lereng Wilmont, DOK.international). 10-year-old Oleg lives with his beloved grandmother in eastern Ukraine close to the front line. His everyday life is dictated by war. The film vividly shows what it means to be a child in times of conflict and to have to grow up fast.
THE GODDESSES OF FOOD (Frankreich, Großbritannien 2017, Vérane Frédiani, DOK.female). A woman’s place is in the kitchen? The Haute Cuisine profession is strongly male dominated both in the nominations for Michelin stars as well as in the media. Who are the major female chefs of our time? The film sets out to investigate and makes discoveries everywhere!
THE LONELY BATTLE OF THOMAS REID – THE LONELY BATTLE OF THOMAS REID (Irland 2017, Feargal Ward, DOK.international). Thomas Reid seems to live a timeless existence. With a couple of cattle the solitary farmer quietly goes about his business far removed from the Irish economic boom. Feargal Ward’s delicate poem about being an outsider captivates with its lyrical images and enchanting music.
TRANSPARENT WORLD – PROZRACHNY MIR (Georgien 2017, Vato Kuntsev, DOK.panorama). Life is not only about giving birth to a child, it is about the responsibility that new life brings into our existence, that the child will be brought up as a legitimate person. Right-minded parents will gracefully share the duty of being patient and loyal to their child. Today Beka is 26 years old... His father taught him his profession. Beka makes art photography and a film about a physicist and composer. He had his first photo exhibition recently. The father's patience and understanding helped him to introduce his son to adult life and make him believe in his own talent.
VON WEGEN "SCHICKSAL" (Deutschland 1979, Helga Reidemeister, Retrospektive). Irene Rakowitz gets divorced after 20 years of marriage and takes her life into her own hands. She is faced with a lack of understanding from her husband Richard and with fierce resistance from her 14-year-old daughter Astrid. A hugely important film on the topic of emancipation – not only in 1979.