FREE SPEECH FEAR FREE (Großbritannien 2016, Tarquin Ramsay, DOK.euro.vision). Since he was 15 Tarquin Ramsay has had one question on his mind: what does free speech actually mean? In search of an answer he meets well-known whistle blowers, hackers and Hollywood stars. The journey of a 20-year-old into the heart of a global debate – forceful and fearless.
GANZ GROSSE OPER (Deutschland 2017, Toni Schmid, Münchner Premieren). “Best Opera House,” “Best Orchestra,” “Best Conductor". The Bavarian State Opera has won many international awards. The film takes a look behind the scenes, gives its world-famous and unsung employees the chance to speak and doesn’t skimp on surprises.
GHOST HUNTING – ISTIYAD ASBAHA (Frankreich, Schweiz, Palästina 2017, Raed Andoni, DOK.panorama). Former inmates recreate the Israeli interrogation centre, Moscobiya, as a backdrop against which they re-enact their experiences. Between role-play and reality they reveal the stigmata of torture and traumatisation. An intensive film experiment.
GNADE ÜBEN – PERFORMING GRACE (Deutschland 2016, Lisa Bergmann, Alina Schmuch, Student Award). Pastoral care is an important duty. But who are the people who attend spiritually to those facing life crises? In three tableau-like scenes PERFORMING GRACE outlines the training of young theologians and asks: who should we believe in?
HASHTI TEHRAN (Iran 2016, Daniel Kötter, DOK.panorama). Teheran as a microcosm of Iran. From the snow-capped mountains in the north to the dusty desert streets of the south, the city also represents a social incline. To the west and the east it stretches ever further. Filmic reflections on architecture and space.
HIDDEN PHOTOS (Italien 2016, Davide Grotta, DOK.special). Cambodia: two photographs, two generations, two worlds. While one celebrates a past in the Khmer Rouge, the young generation is looking for a new image of their homeland. A journey to discover HIDDEN PHOTOS.
HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM (Slowenien, Kroatien, Deutschland 2016, Žiga Virc, DOK.panorama). An incredible story from the cold war era: in the 1960s the Yugoslavian president Tito sold a secret space programme to USA as the nation sought to win the race against the USSR for the first moon landing by any means.
I AM NOT PERFECT (Deutschland 2017, Sara Laalou, Student Award). Why is social media the worst place possible to contemplate perfection? Film as statement.
JOHN BERGER ODER DIE KUNST DES SEHENS (Deutschland 2016, Cordelia Dvorák, DOK.special). His work was eye-opening – in the truest sense. (Critical) seeing was a lifelong focus for John Berger and even more so after his eye operation. A striking film on the life and works of the writer who passed away in January.
KOMUNIA – COMMUNION (Polen 2016, Anna Zamecka, DOK.panorama). The heartbreaking story of a 14-year-old Polish girl who has to play the roles of mother, father and sister as well as being herself. Caught in the vicious circle of a dysfunctional family, Ola fights with all her strength against the force of her circumstances.
L'ARBRE SANS FRUIT – THE FRUITLESS TREE (Frankreich, Niger 2016, Aïcha Macky, DOK.special). In West African Niger childlessness is a taboo. With sensitive visual language and in very personal interviews the filmmaker Aicha Macky, who herself does not have any children, approaches this topic. This film about the role of women becomes a mirror for Nigerian society.
LA CHANA (Island, Spanien, USA 2016, Lucija Stojevic, DOK.panorama). She inherited the name La Chana from her uncle, a guitarist and flamenco star. In other disciplines Antonia Santiago Amador would have been called a child prodigy. Yet she stepped out of the limelight after a short, meteoric career. In LA CHANA the 67-year-old recounts her eventful life.
LA TEMPESTAD CALMADA – THE CALM TEPMEST (Spanien 2016, Omar A. Razzak, DOK.international). A fishing boat leaves the Italian island fortress and sails to the open sea. Suddenly a storm arises. Faces are filled with fear. Then, all at once, complete calm. The storm has subsided. Poetic and idiosyncratic – pure film art!
LAST MEN IN ALEPPO (Deutschland 2017, Feras Fayyad – Ko-Regie: Steen Johannessen). The Syrian uprising began in 2011 and became a brutal war. In 2013 volunteers joined together to create the civilian protection force, the White Helmets. LAST MEN IN ALEPPO accompanies the first responders on their missions. An unsparing look at the appalling everyday life in the beleaguered city.