CLOSE UP: ISTANBUL / KADININ SESI – THE VOICE OF THE WOMEN (Deutschland 2019, Vera Brückner). Istanbul, a city split on two continents. The West observed Turkey’s recent political changes sceptically. The demonstration on International Women’s Day in 2019 was the biggest so far. How does it feel for women today living in such a contrary city?
CLOSE UP: ISTANBUL / ORTA OYUNU – A RE-ENACTMENT WITH AYDIN ENGIN (Deutschland 2019, Rabelle Erian). Aydin Engin, journalist and former editor-in-chief of the opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet, is facing trial for reporting on the current political situation in Turkey. Engin (79) keeps on fighting resolutely for democracy. A portrait of a man who echoes the history of the Republic.
CLOSE UP: ISTANBUL / THE MEETING IN THE CORNER BY THE WINDOW (Deutschland 2019, Felizitas Hoffmann). Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, a visual artist, and Berge Arabian, a photographer, are only somewhat acquainted. They've always wanted to meet and talk. As it happens, their encounter is in the corner by the window. They start speaking and one topic leads to another. A conversation about identity, memory and personal experiences expressed in art and life in Istanbul.
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.
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.
DER KRIEG IN MIR – THE WAR IN ME (Deutschland, Schweiz 2019, Sebastian Heinzel, DOK.deutsch). Can our parents and grandparents’ traumatic experiences influence our behaviour? Could they be inscribed in our DNA? Nightmares about war lead the director on a journey into his family’s past.
DIE GRUBE – THE PIT (Deutschland 2019, Hristiana Raykova, Student Award). “What do swans actually taste like? Can you eat them?” A thermal pool on the coast of Bulgaria serves as a meeting place for a wonderfully quirky ensemble of old women and men on whom life has left its mark. Here, in 37-degree water, all the important questions are debated.
DIE KINDER DER UTOPIE – CHILDREN OF UTOPIA (Deutschland 2019, Hubertus Siegert, DOK.panorama). Looking back on their school days as part of an inclusive class, six former school friends reflect on how their special education has influenced their personalities and their life paths.
DIE ROTE LINIE – WIDERSTAND IM HAMBACHER FORST (Deutschland 2019, Karin de Miguel Wessendorf, DOK.focus humaNature). Germany can only meet its climate targets if it shuts down its lignite-fired power plants. But the energy company RWE wants to continue mining lignite in the Rhineland. Tree squatters, citizens' initiatives, mothers, fathers and church groups mobilize: Resistance in the Hambach forest!
DIGITALKARMA (Schweiz 2019, Francesca Scalisi, Mark Olexa, DOK.horizonte). Before she is married off by her family, Rupa first wants to build a career as a businesswoman. This is a noble goal for a young woman in Bangladesh, a country with significant social constraints and family traditions.
DOPPELGÄNGER (Deutschland, Österreich 2018, Michaela Taschek, Student Award). Erich Taschek, the filmmaker’s father, died suddenly in the bathroom of a heart attack. Until then he had been living with his family in a self-built house. But his daughter claims that he had disappeared much earlier. 24 years ago he changed places with a doppelganger: a man that looked like him and yet was no longer him. An essay film that digs deep into the family album looking for clues.
DRAW A LINE – RICHARD SIEGAL AND THE BALLET OF DIFFERENCE (Deutschland, Nigeria 2019, Benedict Mirow, Münchner Premieren). Dancer and choreographer, Richard Siegal, transcends boundaries with his Munich and Cologne-based ensemble, “BoD” (Ballet of Difference), inspiring the international dance scene. DRAW A LINE shows the company at work: an invigorating experience!
DREAMS FROM THE OUTBACK (Dänemark 2018, Jannik Splidsboel, DOK.international). A woman, two best friends and two brothers who knew nothing about each other. Kimberley in Western Australia is home to some big aborigine communities. DREAMS FROM THE OUTBACK tells stories of resistance, rediscoveries, values – and of hope.