MANU (Belgien 2018, Emmanuelle Bonmariage, DOK.panorama). When the documentary maker becomes the protagonist: Emmanuelle follows her father, the legendary Belgian director, Manuel Bonmariage, with her camera and learns about some incredible things – from an attempted poisoning to a double life. A humorous, personal, light-footed portrait.
MARCELINE. A WOMAN. A CENTURY (Niederlande, Frankreich 2018, Cordelia Dvorák, DOK.special). She always offered herring and vodka to the visitors in her apartment in St. Germain de Prés. Marceline Loridan-Ivens, survivor from Birkenau and later actress, filmmaker and writer, was a rebel all her life. Courageous, angry and radical she started her first movies under the influence of the Nouvelle Vague. Later she moved around the world with the legendary documentary film pioneer Joris Ivens, her second husband, and made political films.
MASTER OF DISASTER (Deutschland, Schweiz 2019, Jörg Haaßengier, Jürgen Brügger, DOK.deutsch). The sirens blare out; a catastrophe is rehearsed. Hyperreal practice-runs, planning exercises and simulations give rise to the disturbing dystopia of emergency. The film of the hour: thrilling, complex and alarming.
Megaherz Student Award: IN SEARCH... (Deutschland 2018, Beryl Magoko, Student Award). Unwritten rules and traditions are the foundation of a culture. Yet there are rituals that are kept silent, often out of shame – such as the circumcision of young women. With her autobiographical film, Beryl Magoko breaks the vicious cycle. Uninhibited, warm-hearted and with a clear aim: the prospect of reconciliation.
METAL AND MELANCHOLY (Niederlande 1993, Heddy Honigmann, Retrospektive). Asphalt heroes. Heddy Honigmann climbs on board a taxi in Peru’s capital, Lima, and portrays those who sit behind the wheels of their battered old cars day in day out as a second or third job to escape poverty in a country marked by the financial crisis.
MONROVIA, INDIANA (USA 2018, Frederick Wiseman, Best of Fests). A complex and closely observed portrait of a typical small town in the Mid-West – right in the heart of Trump country. With candour and sensitivity, Frederick Wiseman documents the life and routines of the inhabitants – direct cinema at its best.
MORGEN, WENN DIE HUNDE SCHLAFEN (Deutschland 2018, Louis Marioth, Student Award). Rambling through the wood and the wilderness with Holly, Peaches and co. Conversations about relationships, illnesses and holidays take place along the way. Insightful images, consistently filmed from the perspective of the four-legged protagonists.
MURGHAB (Deutschland 2019, Martin Saxer, Daler Kaziev, Marlen Elders, Münchner Premieren). In the Tajik mountain town of Murghab, much has changed since Socialism. Surrounded by windswept plains, the strong-willed inhabitants cope with the sparcity of everyday life. An ethnographic portrayal of rugged mountain area.
MY GRANNY FROM MARS – Моя Бабушка с Марса (Ukraine, Weißrussland, Estland 2018, Alexander Mihalkovich, DOK.panorama). Sascha’s grandmother, Zina, a Ukrainian was married to a Belorussian. After the collapse of the Soviet Union she lived in Ukraine. As a widow and a pensioner, she moved to the Crimea. But, after the Russian occupation, a visit to Grandma in the Crimea was almost as impossible for the family as a trip to Mars.
MY NAME IS DANIEL – MEU NOME É DANIEL (Brasilien 2018, Daniel Gonçalves, DOK.panorama). In a deeply personal film, a young director from Rio de Janeiro looks into the cause of his physical disability. At the same time, family videos and present-day footage recount Daniel’s life. But what kind of story would he have told if his upbringing had not been so privileged?
MY UNKNOWN SOLDIER – MUJ NEZNAMY VOJÍN (Lettland, Tschechische Republik, Slowakei 2018, Anna Kryvenko, Best of Fests). This essay-like collage blends private and public historiography: the family album of the director Anna Kryvenko, from which her great uncle, a Soviet soldier, was removed, alongside archive material, including USSR propaganda.
NEW MOON (Kenia 2018, Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann, DOK.network Africa). An investigative documentary about a giant harbour project on the coast of Kenya – that was the original idea. Yet the search for the right approach to the topic on the island of Lamu leads to a more personal exploration. Filmmaking as an existential process.
NIÑA SOLA – GIRL ALONE (Mexiko 2019, Javier Ávila, DOK.international). 19 year-old Cintia is murdered. In search of answers and the perpetrator, her mother and sister reflect on their own experiences in violent relationships. A Mexican social study and an intimate and poetic crime film.
NO BOX FOR ME. AN INTERSEX STORY (Frankreich 2018, Floriane Devigne, Best of Fests). Neither Adam nor Eve. Intersex people do not fit any gender box. As part of her studies, Deborah reflects on outdated social prejudices and begins a positive process of establishing her identity for herself and others with the same condition.
NO GOLD FOR KALSAKA – PAS D'OR POUR KALSAKA (Burkina Faso, Deutschland 2019, Michel K. Zongo, DOK.horizonte). In the great gold rush, the inhabitants of the Burkina Faso village of Kalsaka fell by the wayside. Their initial hopes, stoked by the government and multinational gold mining companies, give way to disappointment and disillusionment.