IN MEINER HAUT – IN MY SKIN (Deutschland 2018, Anna-Sophia Richard, Student Award). Violence in a relationship is taboo. Our knee-jerk response – why doesn’t she just leave? – has a fatal catch: it puts blame on the victims as well. With her film, Anna-Sophia Richard changes perspective and offers only women’s point of view.
ISIS, TOMORROW. THE LOST SOULS OF MOSUL (Italien, Deutschland 2018, Francesca Mannocchi, Alessio Romenzi, DOK.international). Half a million children lived in Iraqi Mossul during the three-year occupation by the "Islamic State". Some of them, severely traumatized, talk about life in the city, which now lies in ruins: yesterday and today. What will be tomorrow? A shocking document.
ISLAND OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS (Großbritannien, Deutschland, Australien 2018, Gabrielle Brady, Best of Fests). In a detention centre for asylum seekers on Christmas Island a social worker tries to help the refugees being held there. This aesthetically impressive film tells us about her work and everyday life in this idyllic non-place.
KABUL, CITY IN THE WIND – KABUL, CITY IN THE WIND (Niederlande, Afghanistan, Japan, Deutschland 2018, Aboozar Amini, Best of Fests). Under dusty skies, Abas drives his bus through Kabul. His rickety vehicle always needs fixing, money is scarce and the next hit of drugs is nigh. In sensitively composed images, KABUL, CITY IN THE WIND depicts life in Afghanistan beyond the clichés.
KAPELA The Band – KAPELA (Slowakei, Tschechische Republik 2018, Ladislav Kaboš, DOK.panorama). The seven members of the gypsy band Lomnické Čháve come from a Roma settlement and dream of making it big. Sensitively observed and with uplifting music the film tells the story of their journey, struggles, enthusiasm, failures and perseverance.
KATE NASH: UNDERESTIMATE THE GIRL (USA 2018, Amy Goldstein, DOK.panorama). Kate Nash sang her way to the top of the charts with “Foundations” in 2007. Today she is trying to exist as an independent musician in a male-dominated music business. An intimate portrait about a singer who is reinventing herself and the industry.
KINDER (Deutschland 2019, Nina Wesemann, Münchner Premieren). A moment’s pause on the threshold between childhood and youth. Marie, Arthur, Emine and Christian are living in this state of limbo in Berlin, unbeknownst to each other. A filmic snapshot that engages with their wild, unfamiliar world.
Kinderkino - PHIL UND DAS TRAURIGSEIN (Deutschland 2018, Marco Giacopuzzi, DOK.education). Where lies the line between sad and very sad, 11-year-old Phil is asked by his best friend. And Phil can give wonderfully reflected and clear answers - because he knows what he is talking about.
Kinderkino: 2BRÜDER – 2 BRÜDER (Niederlande 2009, Hilt Lochten, DOK.education). We are special brothers, says 11-year-old Rino, who is a fantastic swimmer. His 9-year-old brother Nik is his biggest fan. But Nik can't be there often: he suffers from a neuromuscular disease and sits in a wheelchair.
KLAUS WILDENHAHN. DIRECT! PUBLIC AND PRIVATE (Deutschland 2010, Quinka F. Stoehr, DOK.special). He made documentary film history and influenced generations of filmmakers with his work. Quinka F. Stoehr draws a multi-layered and touching portrait of Klaus Wildenhahn, the filmmaker, writer and man. In memoriam.
LA DISGRÂCE – SCARS (Frankreich 2018, Didier Cros, DOK.panorama). The sight of a disfigured face, far from the established beauty ideals, is difficult to bear. The same goes for those afflicted. A revealing portrait of women and men whose fate it is to fall outside the norm.
LAS HERMANAS DE ROCINANTE (Deutschland, Schweiz 2019, Alexandra Kaufmann, DOK.international). Paula and Xana love horses and help out as often as possible on Lois’ farm. Lois looks after neglected animals, which makes them all the more endearing. A touching filmic novella about a childhood in Spain and the first encounter with death.
LES PLAGES D'AGNÈS (Frankreich 2008, Agnès Varda, DOK.special). At the age of 80, French filmmaker and artist Agnès Varda shot her own filmic autobiography in 2008. Poetic, playful and humorous, she reflects on her life, her works, cinema - and the beaches that were important to her.
LES VAGUES DU PLAT PAYS (Schweiz 2018, Yan Sterckx, Student Award). Pui is a modest man. He belongs to the Urak Lawoi, an indigenous people of sea nomads. As the owner of a boat he lives from fishing and the boom of Thai tourism. At night, when the others celebrate, he is there - at the other end of the world - for his children.
LET THE BELL RING (Deutschland 2018, Christin Freitag, Student Award). Malcolm has a dream: in the end, when he can’t feel the fatigue and pain any more, his fists are hoisted into the air: “The Winner is…!” This young man from LA’s reality consists of poverty, a lack of opportunities and a dream. A boxer, a drama, a film.