HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING (USA 2018, Ramell Ross, DOK.guest). Composed of intimate and unencumbered moments of people in a community, this film is constructed in a form that allows the viewer an emotive impression of the Historic South – trumpeting the beauty of life and consequences of the social construction of race, while simultaneously existing as a testament to dreaming – despite the odds.
HASTA MAÑANA, SI DIOS QUIERE – SEE YOU TOMORROW, GOD WILLING! (Spanien, Norwegen 2017, Ainara Vera, DOK.panorama). In the past when women did not get married but wanted to work they became nuns. Together these 17 nuns are over a thousand years old. They alternate seamlessly between theological philosophy and banalities and chuckle. Astute and mentally agile, they know just how to live in the moment.
HIER UND DORT (Deutschland 2018, Bettina Renner, DOK.deutsch). Haris was born in Dresden. The teenager and his Bosnian mother both have only limited leave to remain in Germany. Rejected, Haris creates a Bosnian identity for himself – unlike his sister who is fully integrated.
HOT GREASE (USA 2017, Sam Wainwright Douglas, Paul Lovelace, Jessica Wolfson, DOK.special). Chip fat in the tank? New technologies are transforming old cooking oil into fuel for cars, buses and HGVs. Yet this beneficial energy source doesn't just preserve the environment it also provokes resistance from the big corporations. A fascinating and highly topical study of the battle in the energy sector.
HUNGER – GENUG IST NICHT GENUG – HUNGER – IN A WORLD OF PLENTY (Schweiz 2011, Christian Neu, DOK.special). Do poor countries have any chance of being self-sufficient? The former Swiss Secretary of State for the economy David Syz, an international development politics insider, explores the causes of hunger – and identifies solutions.
I AM ANOTHER YOU (USA 2017, Nanfu Wang, DOK.guest). Freedom, non-conformity and a life on the streets of America – this is what Dylan left the shelter of his home in Utah for. From his perspective the Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang explores the value of personal freedom – and its constraints.
I LOVE MY MUSLIM (Niederlande 2017, Marjolein Busstra, DOK.panorama). Carla used to have outrageous hairstyles and loved the Amsterdam nightlife. She now wears a headscarf, prays to Allah and loves her husband Fouad. Carla is over 60; Fouad, 30 years younger. A love story that defies sweeping generalisations.
I REMEMBER NOTHING – JE NE ME SOUVIENS DE RIEN (Frankreich 2017, Diane Sara Bouzgarrou, DOK.panorama). When the revolution in Tunisia breaks out there is no holding back Diane’s passionate feelings. Sightlessly she plunges into a whirlpool of emotions. Then comes the diagnosis: bipolar disorder. Years later she discovers hours of unseen video material from back then. A filmic puzzle: part self-exploration, part experiment.
I'M A BAD GUY (Österreich 2017, Susanne Freund, DOK.deutsch). “I want to get some distance. I don’t have any friends. I don’t believe in love!” After 40 years in prison Adolf Schandl wants just one thing: To go to Australia. To achieve this he must first break away from himself in Susanne Freund’s superb portrait film.
IL GIARDINO – THE GARDEN (Italien, Deutschland 2018, Francesca Bertin, Student Award). The garden is the hidden retreat of two men. Here, for a little while, they can escape the heat that overwhelms them during their work on the building site. In the garden time becomes blurred, a friendship grows while the summer seeps in around them like sticky honey.
IMPREZA – DAS FEST – IMPREZA – THE CELEBRATION (Deutschland 2017, Alexandra Wesolowski, Münchner Premieren). “I don't want Europe to remain a community of values: it should be a monetary union again,” declares a relative in Alexandra Wesolowski’s intimate family portrait that offers deep insights into Polish society and deals with Europe’s shift to the right.
IMPULSO (Spanien, Frankreich 2017, Emilio Belmonte, DOK.panorama). Rocío Molina is known as the moderniser of flamenco. Her dancing combines tradition and avant garde in a new form of expression. IMPULSO documents the very personal creative process involved in making her latest show – from the first rehearsals to the grand finale.
IN PRAISE OF NOTHING – IN PRAISE OF NOTHING (Kroatien, Serbien, Frankreich 2017, Boris Mitic, Best of Fests). Captivating images of nothingness, the wistfully indulgent music of the Tiger Lilies and Iggy Pop’s laconically recited nursery rhymes are condensed into Boris Mitic’s subtle and ironically philosophical essay. Nothing could be more fascinating! Behold!
INDEPENDENT BOY (Niederlande 2017, Vicent Boy Kars, DOK.panorama). Metin, a millennial with great talent and a wealth of opportunities, cannot get a grip on his life. So the director Vincent Boy Kars assumes responsibility for him for a month, making all the important decisions on Metin’s behalf. A social experiment.