LETTERS FROM BAGHDAD (Frankreich, USA, Großbritannien 2016, Zeva Oelbaum, Sabine Krayenbühl, DOK.international). Gertrude Bell: adventurer and spy. On behalf of the British Empire she drew the boundary lines of today’s Iraq and founded the National Museum in Baghdad. LETTERS FROM BAGHDAD constructs her biography using her letters and archive footage that has never been seen before. Unique!
LIBERATION DAY (Lettland, Norwegen, Slowenien 2016, Uģis Olte, Morten Traavik, DOK.music - Open Air). An ironic “documentary musical.” In August 2015 the Slovenian avant-garde cult group, Laibach, travelled to the capital of North Korea, Pyongyang, on the 70th anniversary of the country’s liberation from Japanese occupation, where they played two concerts of cover songs from THE SOUND OF MUSIC.
LOS NIÑOS – THE GROWN UPS (Niederlande, Chile, Frankreich 2016, Maite Alberdi, DOK.panorama). Andrés and Anita have just one wish: to start a family. But society has other plans for people with Down’s Syndrome and the school that they have been attending for 40 years remains the only place they can be a couple. A gentle portrait that reveals their frustrations and longing.
LOVETRUE (USA 2016, Alma Har'el, DOK.panorama). Three young people in different corners of the USA reflect on their ideas about love. Reality and the inner lives of the protagonists intertwine in an intoxicating flow of images and we get lost in the delightful magic of performance and music.
MA YAN CHAN – WAVES OF TRANSITION (Schweiz 2017, Jonas Scheu, Student Award). The banks of the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar have been home for generations to day labourers and street traders. Now a new building block is meant to offer the people here a ‘better life.’ In grand images MA YAN CHAN depicts the archaic and the modern.
MADAME B. – HISTOIRE D'UNE NORD-CORÉENNE – MRS. B. – A NORTH KOREAN WOMAN (Frankreich 2016, Jero Yun, DOK.horizonte). When the North Korean woman, Madame B, sets out for South Korea she doesn’t imagine that her past will catch up with her. Suspected of being a spy and put under pressure by her first family she is reminded that the Korean War is not over yet.
MAMA COLONEL – MAMAN COLONELLE (Frankreich, Demokratische Republik Kongo 2017, Dieudo Hamadi, DOK.horizonte). Colonelle Honorine Munyole, a widow and mother of seven children, runs a police unit devoted to child protection and fighting sexual violence in east Congo. As Maman Colonelle she doesn’t just uphold the law but offers people reason, arbitration and compassion. She makes up for what the state fails to achieve.
MISS KIET'S CHILDREN – DE KINDEREN VAN JUF KIET (Niederlande 2016, Petra Lataster-Czisch, Peter Lataster, DOK.euro.vision). A sensitively observed film about everyday life in a Dutch integration class taught by the wonderful Kiet Engels.
MOON EUROPA (Italien 2016, Nuno Escudeiro, Student Award). Europe – a moonscape? The epitome of the uninhabitable becomes a filmic metaphor for the search for a home and a homeland. Three portraits of young Europeans who relocate themselves in a bleak world beyond the polar circle.
MORD AUS LIEBE (Deutschland 1993, Georg Stefan Troller, Retrospektive). We kill what we love. With an unwavering instinct for our most sensitive spots, Georg Stefan Troller exposes the destructiveness that lies at the heart of our relationships. A film about crimes of passion and the rude awakening that follows.
MOSCHEE DE (Deutschland 2016, Mina Salehpour, Michał Honnens, DOK.special). In 2008 the construction of a mosque in Berlin-Pankow gave rise to protest marches and citizen’s action groups. Using minutes from meetings the film MOSCHEE DE impeccably reconstructs the unfolding of a “cultural battle” that has now spread across Germany.
MOTHERLAND – BAYAN INA MO (USA, Phillipinen 2017, Ramona S. Diaz, DOK.horizonte). The Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital in Manila has one of the highest birth rates in the world: at times up to 150 women are in labour here at the same time. Amidst the orderly chaos of mothers, babies, nurses and family members we gain intimate insights into Filipino society.
MUHAMMAD ALI – DER LANGE WEG ZURÜCK (Deutschland 1974, Georg Stefan Troller, Retrospektive). He himself never expected it: Cassius Clay aka Muhammad Ali, an outsider and enfant terrible of the boxing world, fought against the odds to be world champion. The portrait of an exceptionally talented fighter – just before the peak of his career.
MY FATHER (Niederlande 2012, Jack Valkering, DOK.education). Was ist das für ein Gefühl, vom eigenen Vater nicht mehr erkannt zu werden? Dass die Kommunikation zwischen ihnen schwierig geworden ist, bedeutet für die 9-jährige Marit nicht, dass sie keinen Spaß mehr mit dem geliebten Vater haben kann.
MY FRIEND BORIS NEMTSOV – MOI DRUG BORIS NEMTSOV (Estland 2016, Zosya Rodkevich, DOK.panorama). A personal portrait of Boris Nemtsov, one of the leaders of the Russian opposition and a well-known Putin critic who was shot on 27th February 2015 on a bridge not far from the Kremlin – to this day the case remains unsolved.