ELISH'S NOTEBOOKS – HAMACHBAROT SHEL ELISH (Israel 2017, Golan Rise, DOK.panorama). After the death of their mother, the children find her diaries. One for each child, seven in all. They begin to read and travel back to their childhood in a Kibbutz in the Israel of the 50s and 60s. A mood of optimism versus maternal instincts? A film that stirs the emotions.
ELTERNSCHULE (Deutschland 2018, Jörg Adolph, Ralf Bücheler, DOK.deutsch). Faulty interactions. Desperate parents and their psychosomatically ill children receive residential treatment in a clinic. A film about the importance of setting boundaries and the understanding that when the parents are doing well, the children are too and not the reverse.
ETHIOPIQUES – REVOLT OF THE SOUL (Polen, Deutschland 2017, Maciek Bochniak, DOK.panorama). In the 1970s a music lover opened the first record shop in Addis Ababa and a legendary record was made: funk, soul, rock ‘n’ roll and jazz mixed with Ethiopian rhythms. 17 years later the French music journalist Francis Falceto introduced western audiences to this music with his CD series Éthiopiques and pulled off a great coup.
EX-SHAMAN – EX-PAJÉ (Brasilien 2018, Bolognesi Luiz, DOK.horizonte). An old shaman in the Brazilian Amazon has become redundant since his followers became westernised and converted to Christianity. An accident occurs – and suddenly the traditions, the shaman and the spirits are in demand again.
FILMWORKER (USA 2017, Tony Zierra, Best of Fests). For many years Leon Vitali was Stanley Kubrick’s right hand man. They met during the filming of BARRY LYNDON and from then on Vitali supported the acclaimed director with all his organisational tasks. FILMWORKER tells the eventful story of a complex relationship.
FLOOD (Israel 2018, Ohad Milstein, DOK.special). A settler in the desert and a Palestinian farmer. A geologist at the Dead Sea and scientists examining sunspots in the wilderness of the Golan Heights in the north of Israel. Without the eternally precious resource of water they could not survive – no one can. Politics, the environment and visions of the future converge in an intelligent essay.
FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO FIRE – PER CHI VUOLE SPARARE (Italien 2017, Pierluca Ditano, Student Award). Broad shoulders in a black anorak. A cart bearing a heavy load. As the yellow light of Turin breaks on the cobblestones of the Piazza della Repubblica, bodies and the camera are in constant movement. But the daily construction and dismantling of the market stalls is not enough to support a family. Then Peppino has a business idea.
FOTBAL INFINIT – INFINITE FOOTBALL (Romania 2018, Corneliu Porumboiu, DOK.panorama). “The round thing has to go in the square thing,” the coach Helmut Schulte once pronounced. Laurențiu Ginghină’s take on this is visionary. He would like to revolutionise football and its rules. He discusses this with his friend, the Romanian filmmaker and football fan Corneliu Porumboiu.
GET ME SOME HAIR! (Deutschland 2018, Lars Barthel, DOK.panorama). Lars Barthel asks his Jamaican wife Antoinette why she often wears hair extensions. This personal curiosity leads Lars and his film to some complex and politically-charged questions. What is the relationship between hair and racism? And where do the hair extensions actually come from?
GLOBAL FAMILY (Deutschland 2017, Melanie Andernach, Andreas Köhler, Best of Fests). Scattered across the globe as a result of the Somali Civil War, the Shaash family has to make an important decision: where should Imra (88) live? At the same time the four generations of the transnational refugee family are each following their own dreams of family, home and the future.
GOTTESZELL – EIN FRAUENGEFÄNGNIS – GOTTESZELL – A WOMEN'S PRISON (Deutschland 2000, Helga Reidemeister, Retrospektive). A moving and sensitive film about everyday life in Gotteszell, Baden-Württemberg’s only female prison. Six inmates tell of their former lives and what led them to commit their crimes.
GRENZENLOS – GESCHICHTEN VON FREIHEIT & FREUNDSCHAFT – BEYOND BORDERS – STORIES OF FREEDOM & FRIENDSHIP (Deutschland 2018, Johanna Bentz, Camilo Colmenares, Sandra Dajani, Madeleine Dallmeyer, Nazgol Emami, Diana Menestrey, Khaled Nawal, Birgit Schulz, DOK.special).
GUARDIANS OF HERITAGE – HÜTER DER GESCHICHTE – GUARDIANS OF HERITAGE – CULTURE CLASH (Deutschland 2017, Emanuel Rotstein, DOK.special). The documentary GUARDIANS OF HERITAGE shows Hannes Jaenicke and other prominent supporters meeting different people around the world, who raise their voices against the destruction of culture and world heritage and fight for its preservation.