MAKALA (Frankreich 2017, Gras Emmanuel, DOK.horizonte). Somewhere in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A young man chops down a tree and makes charcoal, which he then transports on his bike day after day to sell in the nearest town. A minimalistic observation masterfully captured by Emmanuel Gras’ camera.
MAMACITA (Deutschland, Mexiko 2018, José Pablo Estrada Torrescano, DOK.female). In her small realm in Mexico, 98 year-old “Mamacita” is a beauty queen. But when her grandson comes to visit, secrets, lies and deceptions come to light, affecting five generations of the high society family.
MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. (Großbritannien, USA, Sri Lanka 2018, Steve Loveridge, DOK.female). Rebel, artist, pop icon and mother: M.I.A. wears many hats. Her original music and culture clash aesthetic have brought her international success. The film compiles personal videotapes, interviews and live concert recordings and reveals an extraordinary woman with a vociferous attitude.
MAXIM LEBEN – EIN ALTES KINO ERZÄHLT (Deutschland 2017, Peter Heller, Münchner Premieren). From the late 1970s, under the direction of Sigi Daiber, the Maxim, one of Munich’s oldest cinemas, became a stronghold of alternative film culture and played a part in the beginnings of DOK.fest Munich. When the end of the venue seemed to be inevitable, four cinema enthusiasts reinvented the Maxim.
MEIN HERZ SIEHT DIE WELT SCHWARZ – EINE LIEBE IN KABUL (Deutschland 2009, Helga Reidemeister, Retrospektive). MEIN HERZ SIEHT DIE WELT SCHWARZ – EINE LIEBE IN KABUL tells the story of an impossible love: even as children Hossein and Shaima were inseparable and yet their relationship seems to be doomed to failure. Poverty, war and family honour stand in the way of a happy life for the couple.
MELTING SOULS – NORILSK – L'ETREINTE DE GLACE (Frankreich 2017, François-Xavier Destors, DOK.international). Cut off from the world, the town of Norilsk lies in the deepest Siberian north. Against all odds, it rose up from the foundations of a gulag. In this environment everything is possible. Surrounded by ice, the inhabitants find their own means of escape.
MI AMADO, LAS MONTAÑAS – MY BELOVED, THE MOUNTAINS (Spanien, Schweiz 2017, Alberto Martín Menacho, Student Award). Sometimes a documentary film is like a conundrum. Mountains, rural depopulation, traditions that are preserved but are losing their significance. A childhood – still free, wild and beautiful. A youth – seemingly endless and yet already in the past. Poetic, mysterious and on the fine line between document, memory and myth.
MINIATURE FOR PIANO – MINIATURA ZA PIANO (Bulgarien 2017, Eldora Traykova, DOK.panorama). Four elderly country doctors in Bulgaria care for their patients with utter dedication and recount their eventful lives. In black and white images and to the music of P.I. Tschaikowski, the panorama of a meaningful existence melancholically unfolds.
MIT STARREM BLICK AUFS GELD (Deutschland 1983, Helga Reidemeister, Retrospektive). From behind the camera comes the voice of the director: “But doesn’t it hurt?” In front of it, her sister with her eye steadfastly on the wax strip: “yes, but the payoff is so delightful that the pain is worth it.” Let’s not kid ourselves.
MOUNT EVEREST – DER LETZTE SCHRITT – MOUNT EVEREST – DER LETZTE SCHRITT (Österreich 2018, Reinhold Messner, DOK.panorama). Something that had long been considered impossible became reality in 1978. Without supplemental oxygen, Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler conquered Mount Everest. With dramatic original material, interviews from the time and re-enacted scenes, the daring adventure is brought vividly to life.
MUSIC FROM A FRONTIER TOWN (Hörspiel) (Deutschland 2018, Michaela Melián, DOK.guest). Munich’s Amerikahaus, established after the Second World War, was central to the USA’s re-education programme. Its declared aim was the de-nazification of the German post-war population. Its cultural activities attracted over 80,000 visitors per month.
NACHLASS – LEGACY (Deutschland 2017, Gabriele Voss, Christoph Hübner, DOK.special). NACHLASS offers us a moving insight into the generations of children and grandchildren of high-ranking Nazis and holocaust survivors and how they handle the heavy burden of this legacy. An affirmation of an active culture of remembrance.
NAMRUD (TROUBLEMAKER) (Österreich 2017, Fernando Romero Forsthuber, DOK.panorama). With his provocative songs about religion, identity and occupation Jowan Safadi frequently courts controversy. But the musician is also a single parent… An engrossing musical portrait set against the backdrop of everyday Israeli-Palestinian life.
O PROCESSO – THE TRIAL (Niederlande, Brasilien, Deutschland 2018, Maria Augusta Ramos, DOK.female). In 2016 a political thriller unfolds in the capital city of Brasília. The president Dilma Rousseff is on trial and faces removal from her office. The political elite and the general population are deeply divided and are fighting on both sides for their beloved Brasil.
ON A KNIFE EDGE (USA 2017, Jeremy Williams, DOK.guest). People tend to think that the native Americans’ resistance ended in 1890 with Wounded Knee. With his portrait of the 14-year-old Lakota George Dull Knife, Jeremy Williams shows that the battle continues to this day. They still march and protest.