THE NEXT GUARDIAN (Ungarn, Niederlande 2017, Dorottya Zurbó, Arun Bhattarai, DOK.horizonte). In a remote village in Bhutan conflicting notions of happiness, karma and fulfilment exist within one family. The father wants the son to carry on the family traditions. The daughter dreams of a career as a pro footballer.
TOUCHING CONCRETE (Deutschland 2017, Ilja Stahl, Student Award). It is all about music; it is all about dancing until the girls scream. There is nothing more important than that – not when you are 16. Then follows another day. Everyday life. In Hillbrow, Johannesburg, South Africa.
VERGOT (Italien 2016, Cecilia Bozza Wolf, Student Award). An apple orchard in the Italian Alps. Hard Rock blares out from the cellar. Here masculinity rules. It is not the ideal place to discover your homosexuality. In this tough family drama a gruff father and his two sons find new common ground. You almost want to praise the earnest method acting.
WHAT WALAA WANTS – WHAT WALAA WANTS (Dänemark / Kanada 2018, Christy Garland, DOK.female). 15-year-old Walaa wants to be a police officer but she is a rebellious teenager. Her family offer her hardly any support. WHAT WALAA WANTS follows the girl from the West Bank on her path to adulthood and the police academy.