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.
DER NACKTE KÖNIG – 18 FRAGMENTE ÜBER REVOLUTION (Polen, Schweiz, Deutschland 2019, Andreas Hoessli, DOK.international). In 1978 Andreas Hoessli went to Poland for his doctoral studies. There he made friends with Ryszard Kapuscinski, who was working as a reporter on the unrest in Iran. Shortly after that the Solidarity protests began. 40 years later Hoessli looks back at the great upheavals that ran parallel to each other.
DIE BAULICHE MASSNAHME (Österreich 2018, Nikolaus Geyrhalter, DOK.deutsch). A border fence between Tyrol and South Tyrol? This is not a dystopian vision but a real proposal laid out by Austrian politicians in 2016 to hold back the refugees at their gates. Meanwhile the inhabitants of the region reflect upon a ‘Fortress Europe.’
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). 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!
DIE SAMSTAGSMÜTTER – SATURDAY MOTHERS (Deutschland 2019, David Preute). Since 1995, the Saturday Mothers have been demonstrating at the gates of the Galatasaray High School in Istanbul. They want justice for their family members who have disappeared in police custody. But since 25 August 2018 their protest has been officially banned.
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.
DUSK CHORUS – BASED ON FRAGMENTS OF EXTINCTION (Italien 2017, Nika Šaravanja, Student Award). Have you ever been in the jungle? At night? David Monnacchi, a “field recorder,” eco activist and composer takes us along on an expedition. Here we get to experience what the last untouched areas of the rainforest sound like. Alarming? Magic!
EASY LESSONS – KÖNNYU LECKÉK (Ungarn 2018, Dorottya Zurbó, Best of Fests). 17-year-old Kafia has fled Somalia and is stranded in Hungary. There she tries to take control of her life and adapt to the rules of a new culture without losing her identity. But it is anything but easy.
EDUARDO GALEANO VAGAMUNDO (Brasilien 2018, Felipe Nepomuceno, Best of Fests). The Uruguayan writer, journalist and essayist, Eduardo Galeano, played a vital role in the historical analysis of Latin America’s dictatorships. In this portrait he speaks about existence and the things that give the world meaning. A cinematic embrace of his life’s work.
EISENBERGER – KUNST MUSS SCHÖN SEIN, SAGTE DER FROSCH ZUR FLIEGE (Schweiz 2018, Hercli Bundi, DOK.panorama). To date, his opus consists of over 45,000 pieces of work and yet the artist, Christian Eisenberger, still questions art and its construction. In the three-way relationship between artist, work and the audience, a power struggle develops.