CINEMA FUTURES (Österreich 2016, Michael Palm, DOK.panorama). A film about the present and future of film and cinema in the digital age. CINEMA FUTURES sketches out nightmare scenarios, cultural fears and auspicious utopias and includes interviews with well-known experts, archivists and filmmakers.
CITY OF THE SUN – MZIS QALAQI (Georgien, Niederlande, Qatar, USA 2017, Rati Oneli, DOK.horizonte). A mining town in Georgia. 50 percent of the manganese needed by the world used to be extracted here. Today only a few people are holding out in Tschiatura. A portrait of a waning industrial utopia and its residents in the post-industrial era.
CODE OF SURVIVAL – DIE GESCHICHTE VOM ENDE DER GENTECHNIK – CODE OF SURVIVAL – OR THE END OF GENETIC ENGINEERING (Deutschland 2016, Bertram Verhaag, Münchner Premieren). Using examples from four continents this focused documentary study shows once more the devastating effects of non-organic crop growing but, at the same time, offers proof that there is another way. Bertram Verhaag has succeeded in building a strong case for sustainable agriculture.
COOL MAMA – COOL MAMA Afrika à la Schwabing (Deutschland 2016, Peter Heller, Münchner Premieren). A polygamous family group that stretches from Germany to Nigeria – is that possible? For fifteen years the filmmaker Peter Heller follows the Munich fashion designer and owner of Africa & House, Ann Dörr, as she tries to manage an intercultural extended family.
DANCER (Ukraine, Großbritannien, Russland, USA 2016, Steven Cantor, DOK.panorama). Sergei Polunin is the celebrated enfant terrible of the ballet world. At the age of four he embarked upon the career that led him to the Royal Ballet in London. But after years of extreme discipline, success appears to be a prison for him. An impressive dance film about growing up.
DAS BAND IST NICHT GERISSEN – UNBROKEN TIES (Deutschland 2017, Jörg Schnitger, Münchner Premieren). “He wasn’t looking for death,” suggests a relative in Jörg Schnitger’s very personal quest to understand the fate of his father, who died prematurely 40 years ago. After the police file has long been closed, he makes a fresh attempt to unravel the mystery.
DEAD DONKEYS FEAR NO HYENAS – DAS GRÜNE GOLD (Schweden, Deutschland, Finnland 2016, Joakim Demmer, DOK.horizonte). How can a country export food products by the tonne and at the same time be dependent on food aid? Precise investigative journalism reveals Ethiopia to be the scene of a global land rush as it sells off its own future.
DELTA VENTURA (Schweiz 2016, Fulvio Balmer Rebullida). Two sportspeople explore a delta. Casual observations mix with performances. An experiment with the visualisation of what is given to be real and the narrative power of the imagination. The most enigmatic film of this year’s DOK.fest.
DELTAS, BACK TO SHORES (Schweiz 2016, Charlie Petersmann, DOK.panorama). What do a young Senegalese man in Tangier and an old Portuguese fisherman have in common? Both are in search of a better life. Two biographies that focus our attention on the universality of migration.
DENK ICH AN DEUTSCHLAND IN DER NACHT – IF I THINK OF GERMANY AT NIGHT (Deutschland 2017, Romuald Karmakar, DOK.panorama). Five pioneers of electronic music embody an entire subculture in Romuald Karmakar’s portrait. The use of sound from the DJs headphones allows us to experience what otherwise remains secret: the art behind the operation of the mixing desk controls.
DEPORTATION CLASS (Deutschland 2016, Hauke Wendler, Carsten Rau, DOK.euro.vision). They come in the night, drag families from their beds and put them on planes. In 2016 alone around 25,000 asylum seekers were deported from Germany by the so-called “transportation commandos.” A nightmarish glimpse into Mecklenburg-Vorpommern’s biggest collective deportation to date.
DEPTH TWO – DUBINA DVA (Serbien, Frankreich 2016, Ognjen Glavonić, DOK.panorama). Against forgetting! In 1999 a lorry containing 53 corpses was recovered from the Danube. The same bodies emerge again two years later in a mass grave in Belgrade. What happened? Glavonić’s mystical political thriller confronts his country with its own history.
DER GEIST DER BEFREIUNG – THE SPIRIT OF LIBERATION (Deutschland 2017, Konstantin von zur Mühlen, DOK.special). The steps that led to downfall. Using unique archive material DER GEIST DER FREIHEIT reconstructs the triumphant procession of allied troops from Normandy into the heart of Hitler’s Reich. The most authentic documentation to date of the final campaign against Nazi Germany.
DIE FARBE DER SEHNSUCHT – THE COLOUR OF YEARNING (Deutschland 2016, Thomas Riedelsheimer, Münchner Premieren). What is the meaning of home? What is the meaning of happiness? And how do you find it – just where you are? With his dependable flair for camera positions and people, Riedelsheimer travels to six different destinations to find out exactly that.
DIE GUTEN FEINDE – MEIN VATER, DIE ROTE KAPELLE UND ICH – GOOD ENEMIES – MY FATHER, THE RED ORCHESTRA AND ME (Deutschland 2017, Christian Weisenborn, Münchner Premieren). For many 68ers he became a positive father figure: Günther Weisenborn, a theatre writer and member of the resistance against the Nazis. In the film his son tells his story, which is intertwined with many other biographies and doesn't end happily even long after the end of the war.