MYSTERIOUS MASTERPIECE – COLD CASE TORRENTIUS (Niederlande 2016, Maarten de Kroon, DOK.panorama). A mysterious still life has the art world in suspense. To date no one has been able to explain how Torrentius, one of the most infamous libertines of the 17th century, could achieve such photographic perfection. An absorbing thriller from the world of art history.
NO PLACE FOR TEARS – GÖZYAŞINA YER YOK (Türkei 2017, Reyan Tuvi, DOK.horizonte). War. Noises in the fog. The inhabitants of Kobane are fleeing over the border to a Kurdish village on the Turkish side. There they make a stand against IS by forming a human chain. An impressively poetic film about returning and hope.
NomiNation (Series) (USA 2016, AJ Schnack, DOK.special). Campaigning on the countryside, lobbying of influential interest groups and disputes within the parties – over the period of two years AJ Schnack follows the primaries of the presidential election in the US. “NomiNation“ scrutinizes this complex process in a ten-part documentary series. A current and relevant analysis, which accompanies Donald Trump’s victory as well as the loss of Bernie Sanders to Hillary Clinton.
NORMAL AUTISTIC FILM – NORMÁLNÍ AUTISTICKY FILM (Tschechische Republik 2016, Miroslav Janek, DOK.panorama). “What am I? An Aspie!” Marjam calls out to the director behind the camera – and is mightily proud of it. From the very first second Miroslav Janek’s multifaceted study of a completely “other” world with rules all of its own is enthralling.
NOWHERE TO HIDE (Norwegen, Schweden 2016, Zaradasht Ahmed, DOK.international). Nori Sharif works as a nurse in a clinic in Iraq. When the director hands him a camera he records his life, his environment and the dramatic changes that take place over five years. A direct and shocking document.
ON THE EDGE OF HAPPINESS (Belgien 2016, Wil Mathijs, DOK.euro.vision). On the periphery of Ghent, in an industrial wasteland on the edge of nowhere stands a corrugated iron shelter. Here two families from Bulgaria sit and wait for social welfare, work and a future that will never come. A raw slice of reality direct from Europe’s backyard.
PASSENGERS – MOSAFERAN (Iran 2016, Mahmoud Rahmani, DOK.horizonte). A man asks the taxi driver where he can find quick sex. Another passenger does an impression of car horns. In the taxi people let their masks slip. Striking and sobering insights into everyday life in Iran.
PER SONG – DONGWU YUAN (Deutschland, China 2016, Shuchang Xie, Student Award). In poetic black and white PER SONG recounts a youth in China that has conquered the night in the voids of the megalopolis and dreams of its own future. A delicate, moving ballad about love, pain and everything.
PIES LIGEROS – SWIFT FEET (Mexiko 2016, Juan Carlos Núñez Chavarría, DOK.guest). Rarámuri, “those who run fast,” is the name given to the Tarahumara people of North Mexico, who are known worldwide for their long-distance running. The two portrayed here were once the fastest and most determined of the tribe. We are shown their international achievements as well as their battle for recognition in their own land.
PORNOCRACY (Frankreich 2017, Ovidie –, DOK.panorama). Who is behind MindGeek? The ex porn actor, Ovidie, pursues the media company that hosts illegally-copied porn clips on its “tube sites” and, in doing so, is destroying the traditional porno industry. A documentary full of financial intrigue.
PRE-CRIME (Deutschland 2017, Monika Hielscher, Matthias Heeder, DOK.euro.vision). Software that predicts when and where a crime will be committed: it sounds like science fiction but this has long been established as a means for preventing crime. This investigative documentary film uncovers the new technology’s top-secret algorithms.
RANCHER, FARMER, FISHERMAN (USA 2016, Susan Froemke, John Hoffman, DOK.special). From the Montana Rockies to the Kansas wheat fields and the Gulf of Mexico: Families who work the land and sea are crossing political divides to find unexpected ways to protect the natural resources vital to their livelihoods.
RON KOVIC – WARUM VERSCHWINDEST DU NICHT (Deutschland 1977, Georg Stefan Troller, Retrospektive). Oliver Stone’s Oscar-winning film BORN ON THE 4TH OF JULY and the worldwide hit BORN IN THE USA by Bruce Springsteen are based on the memoir by Ron Kovic. Troller draws a multi-faceted portrait of a Vietnam War veteran, whose story lays bare the trauma of an entire nation.
RUMBLE – THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD (Kanada 2017, Catherine Bainbridge, Alfonso Maiorana, DOK.music - Open Air). The Ramones, the Rolling Stones, Iggy Pop and the Foo Fighters – they have all been influenced by the sound of the indigenous musicians of North America. With exclusive interviews and absorbing archive material the film provides the missing chapter in popular music history.