OPERATION PROVIANT – PROPAGANDASCHLACHT BERLINER LUFTBRÜCKE (Deutschland 2018, Andreas Hancke, Michael Kloft, DOK.special). The Berlin Airlift, which supplied the west sector in 1948, was, first and foremost, a tremendous propaganda battle at the start of the Cold War that turned the occupying forces into protecting powers. Andreas Hancke deconstructs a myth.
OUAGA GIRLS – OUAGA GIRLS (Schweden, Burkina Faso, Frankreich, Qatar 2017, Theresa Traore Dahlberg, DOK.female). In a training centre in West African Burkina Faso young women learn how to be car mechanics. Self-assured and determined they are taking pioneering steps in a male-dominated profession.
OVER THE LIMIT (Polen, Finnland, Deutschland 2017, Marta Prus, DOK.international). She takes a bow after every competition with a smile on her face, yet beyond public view Rita tends to be serious. The pressure that the Russian gymnast is under is immense. Day after day she stoically endures her trainer’s harsh tone. The film spends a year with the 20-year-old as she heads towards the Olympics – and an important decision.
PRIMAS (Kanada 2017, Laura Bari, Best of Fests). The childhood of the teenagers Rocío and Aldana is marked by abuse and violence. Now the two young women are trying to overcome their traumas: by speaking about them and dealing with the past through therapy. A film about survival and life going on.
RAGHU RAI, AN UNFRAMED PORTRAIT (Finnland, Norwegen, Indien 2017, Avani Rai, DOK.panorama). Indira Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Dalai Lama – the Indian Magnum photographer, Raghu Rai, records contemporary history and its protagonists in powerful images. With her debut film, his daughter draws a portrait of an idiosyncratic artist and documentarist – touching and humorous.
REGGAE BOYZ (Frankreich, Deutschland, USA 2018, Till Schauder, DOK.panorama). Jamaica has one of the highest murder rates in the world. The main bearers of hope here, alongside the athletes, are the footballers: with great euphoria they fight against the ubiquitous weapons madness.
RÊVER SOUS LE CAPITALISME – DREAMING UNDER CAPITALISM (Belgien 2017, Sophie Bruneau, DOK.international). With incessant greed the ghost of neoliberalism pursues the labouring masses even to their beds: “And I saw the image of the people who were eating me." It’s high time for this smart, essayistic exorcism by Sophie Bruneau.
RIOT NOT DIET (Deutschland 2018, Julia Fuhr Mann, Student Award). An unknown world, inhabited by fat womens’ bodies, presented both in stereotypical poses and deconstructed ones. RIOT NOT DIET shows a new way of representing the female form. A body that expands, dissolves and blows away in the wind resisting any form of conformist corporeal pursuits.
RODINA HEISST HEIMAT – RODINA MEANS HOME (Deutschland 1992, Helga Reidemeister, Retrospektive). In RODINA HEISST HEIMAT, Helga Reidemeister observes a Soviet regiment’s withdrawal from the former border region of the GDR over six months in 1991 and follows some of the soldiers back to their homes.
SAND UND BLUT – SAND AND BLOOD (Österreich 2017, Matthias Krepp Angelika Spangel, Student Award). In the torrent of images on the internet, the inconceivable atrocities from the wars in Syria and Iraq are also reflected. SAND UND BLUT puts together a collage of these videos and searches for the witnesses and the stories behind them – an essential film.
SCHILDKRÖTEN PANZER (Deutschland 2017, Kaptan Tuna, Student Award). In a Munich reptile shelter the paths of those who have returned from war cross with those who are about to go. A tortoise came here in the pocket of a Syrian. A solider is practicing the handling of venomous Malian snakes.
SCHLAGZEILEN GEGEN HITLER (Deutschland 2018, Ute Bönnen, DOK.special). The “Münchner Post” was a social democratic newspaper. Until 1933 its editors bravely campaigned for press freedom and against Hitler. An emboldening story: a story about moral courage and resistance.
SCHRANKE – BARRIERS (Deutschland 2017, Denis Pavlovic, Student Award). Excluded by barriers, disciplined and bossed around – that is the daily experience of over 80 million German citizens. A level-headed, rigorous and long overdue crime scene investigation.
SHUT UP AND PLAY THE PIANO (Großbritannien, Deutschland 2018, Philipp Jedicke, DOK.panorama). Who is Chilly Gonzales? SHUT UP AND PLAY THE PIANO investigates the pianist Jason Beck, whose alter ego is the self-proclaimed vain and cynical entertainer Chilly Gonzales. An entertaining mix of semi-fictional biography, home videos, a shrewd interview and concert footage.
SILVANA – SILVANA (Schweden 2017, Mika Gustafson, Olivia Kastebring, Christina Tsiobanelis, DOK.international). A fascinating portrait of the Swedish rapper, Silvana Imam, who has taken Scandinavia by storm with her music and uncompromising lyrics and become a significant figurehead in Sweden’s feminist and anti-racist movements.