DIE KINDER VON BABEL – THE CHILDREN OF BABEL (Schweiz 2016, Lena Mäder, Student Award). The “BaBeL-Strings” orchestra is made up of 35 children from 14 different nations. Lena Mäder accompanied the children during their rehearsals together and at home with their families. A tender film with a big finale.
DIGITAL IMMIGRANTS (Schweiz 2016, Norbert Kottmann, Dennis Stauffer, Student Award). Almost 40 years after the first PC the young people from back then have a date with their seniors’ group for a computer course. Here the future vision of a distant past meets the present day reality.
DIL LEYLA (Deutschland 2016, Asli Özarslan, Student Award). The new mayor of the Turkish city of Cizre is called Leyla Imret and she is 26 years old. As a child, the daughter of a Kurdish family had to flee to Germany. Now she returns to a land full of hope and the threat of violence.
DREAM EMPIRE (Dänemark 2016, David Borenstein, DOK.international). Business is booming for the young agency boss, Yana. Creating an illusion of an international ambiance, foreigners employed in so-called “White Monkey Gigs” are transforming remote ghost towns into globalised mega cities. A journey into the heart of the Chinese dream with many curiosities along the way.
DRIES (Belgien, Frankreich, Deutschland 2016, Reiner Holzemer, DOK.panorama). Light, effortless, finely crafted. This is how Dries Van Noten’s creations could be described – if it weren’t for his lust for perfection, poetry and the absolute. Fashion for lively, passionate people – “bigger than life.”
EINSTEINS NICHTEN – EINE GESCHICHTE VON VERLUST UND ÜBERLEBEN – EINSTEIN'S NIECES (Deutschland 2016, Friedemann Fromm, DOK.panorama). A generation is disappearing. As teenagers, twins Paola und Lorenza bore witness to the crimes of the German armed forces in Italy. Friedemann Fromm has succeeded in creating a sensitive account of the life story of two impressive women – between reminiscence and solace.
EL CHARRO DE TOLUQUILLA – THE CHARRO OF TOLUQUILLA (Mexiko 2016, José Villalobos Romero, DOK.guest). Mariachi singer Jaime basks in his own glory. Like his role models, the heroes of old Mexican western films, he loves women, alcohol and music. But his life also has its dark side: Jaime is HIV positive. An entertaining portrait of a true showman.
EL COLOR DEL CAMALEÓN – THE COLOR OF THE CHAMELEON (Belgium, Chile 2016, Andrés Lübbert, DOK.international). In the 1970s, the war reporter Jorge Lübbert fled Chile’s dictatorship to the GDR. His son, who grew up in Belgium, wants to know more about his father’s dark past. A perplexing political thriller and a touching father-son story.
EL HOMBRE QUE VIÓ DEMASIADO – THE MAN WHO SAW TOO MUCH (Mexiko 2015, Trisha Ziff, DOK.guest). Enrique Metinides loves his job as much as it terrifies him. Since the age of nine, he has been photographing the scenes of accidents and is in high demand. This portrait reveals the fragility of life in his pictures as well as that of his own.
EL MAR LA MAR (USA 2017, J.P. Sniadecki, Joshua Bonnetta, DOK.panorama). Migration policy from an ant’s perspective. Nature, animals… then clothes, mobile phones and shoes torn apart by desert storms and faded by the sun. A forbidding landscape between Mexico and USA captured in transcendental, skilfully composed images.
EL PASO (Mexiko 2016, Everardo González, DOK.guest). In Mexico journalists are increasingly falling victim to the deadly association between drug cartels and the judiciary. To protect their lives and the lives of their families they flee to USA. EL PASO tells of their attempts to begin a new life on the other side of the wall.
ENCORDÉS – ROPED UP (Schweiz 2017, Frédéric Favre, DOK.international). Encordés – roped! Florence, Guillaume and Antoine are connected by a common goal: to take part in the challenging ski mountaineering race “Patrouille des Glaciers” through the Swiss Alps. The trio have very personal motives and fortunes that have driven them to this extreme feat.
FAHR MA OBI AM WASSER – RIDE THE RIVER (Deutschland 2017, Walter Steffen, Münchner Premieren). The Isar River with its crystal clear alpine water and cultural traditions stretching back centuries is described as a “lifeline”. Walter Steffen’s pleasantly slow-paced portrait satisfyingly immerses us in calm contemplation.