RESSACA – VERTIGE DE LA CHUTE (Frankreich, Brasilien 2018, Rimbaux Vincent, Patrizia Landi, DOK.international). Rio de Janeiro’s Teatro Municipal is the jewel of the nation’s opera scene but it is on the brink of collapse: the state is bankrupt and can no longer pay the employees’ salaries. The workers resist with all their might and try to save the theatre. An impressive call to arms in black and white.
ROCKABUL (Dänemark, Afghanistan, Austrialien 2018, Travis Beard, DOK.panorama). Heavy metal in Kabul? "District Unknown" was the first and only heavy metal band in Afghanistan, its members - young protagonists of a new beginning, the music - a liberation blow. "The Rise and Fall of ..." quite different.
SAKAWA (Belgien, Niederlande 2018, Ben Asamoah, Best of Fests). It is common knowledge that people can assume new identities on the internet. Yet many people are misled, for example on online dating sites. The Ghanaian protagonists in SAKAWA know how to take advantage of the widespread loneliness in the West. A film about internet scamming and global inequity.
SATYA – ROUGH CUTS OF LIFE (Deutschland 2018, Karuna A. Fuchs, Elisa Maria Nadal, Student Award). Our life is just a rough cut. A journey from Nepal to Europe produces a dazzling filmic kaleidoscope of fleeting encounters. A film about people’s loss and longing and the search for “satya,” a truthful life.
SCHOOL OF SEDUCTION (Dänemark 2019, Alina Rudnitskaya, DOK.guest). Lida, Vika und Diana, three Russian women, attend the post-feminist “School of Seduction” with the aim of marrying rich men. Their prospects of success are high. There is only one thing standing in their way: their desire for independence.
SCIENCE FAIR (USA 2018, Cristina Costantini, Darren Foster, DOK.special). More than 1,700 young people from 78 countries compete against each other in the world’s biggest school science fair in Los Angeles. In their journey from the qualifying rounds to get here, they fight against all kinds of obstacles: rivalries and setbacks – and naturally their hormones.
SEA OF SHADOWS (Österreich, USA 2018, Richard Ladkani, DOK.focus humaNature). In the Golf of California in Mexico, there is a creeping ecological catastrophe: illegal fishing methods are threatening the entirety of the region’s maritime life. In a spectacular rescue action, journalists, scientists, conservationists and undercover agents try to stop the killing.
SEARCHING EVA (Deutschland 2019, Pia Hellenthal, Best of Fests). Eva is a sex worker, model, writer, anarchist and femist. She shows off her life on the Internet in the most intimate way and above all wants to show one thing: No woman has to be pleasant.
SHEEP HERO (Niederlande 2018, Ton van Zantvoort, DOK.panorama). Stijn Hilgers, one of the last roaming shepherds in the Dutch heathlands, lives in harmony with his family and his animals. But his sustainable way of working the land cannot withstand the pressure to adapt to the neo-liberal world.
SHOOTING – DISPAROS (Mexiko 2018, Elpida Nikou Rodrigo Hernández, DOK.horizonte). What can oppose violence? Images! As is shown by the young Mexican photographer, Jair Cabrera, whose work was honoured by the renowned Time Magazine. Cabrera was on the verge of success but then he had to leave his country for political reasons.
SHOOTING THE MAFIA (Irland, USA 2019, Kim Longinotto, Best of Fests). Letizia Battaglia fights the mafia with her camera. She captures the crimes of the Cosa Nostra in aesthetic images that make the horrors visible. A touching portrait of a fearless Sicilian woman.
SIE IST DER ANDERE BLICK – SHE IS THE OTHER GAZE (Österreich 2018, Christiana Perschon, DOK.deutsch). Christiana Perschon invites five artists into her studio, all of them feminist members of the Vienna art scene in the 1970s, who pursued their careers with dogged determination. In their exchange, an experimental film artwork is created.
SISTERS OF THE WILDERNESS (Südafrika 2018, Karin Slater, DOK.focus humaNature). From the township to the wilderness, five Zulu women walk through the iMfolozi Park in South Africa. They experience the dangers and the endangerment of nature up close. Man and beast, big tragedies and small, self-discovery and understanding.
SOUS LE DONJON DE MANU LE MALIN (Frankreich 2017, Mario Raulin, DOK.special). Distorted bass drums, blaring speakers, crowds in ecstasy. Watching the exceptional artist Manu Le Malin at work, you can sense the power and the redemptive appeal of music. An auditory experience that tells the story of the French hardcore.