THE FILM PROGRAMME OF DOK.fest MÜNCHEN @HOME
DOK.fest München 2021 @home came to a close on 23 May. 131 films from 43 countries were shown.
Here you can find an overview of all the films. The programme booklet can be viewed here.
THE BOY ON THE BICYCLE (United Kingdom 2015, Stefania Bounajuti). Aus Ahmeds Perspektive tauchen wir ein in die Lebensrealität in Jordaniens größtem Flüchtlingscamp. Hier lebt der 16-Jährige seit seiner Flucht aus Syrien – zusammen mit 80.000 anderen Menschen. Sein Optimismus ist ungebrochen.
A GREEK WINTER (Netherlands 2016, Ingeborg Jansen). A film about the impact of Greece’s economic crisis. Siblings Evdokia and Tasos Pafralidis run a small domestic oil shop in Thessaloniki – but many of their customers can’t even afford to heat their houses in winter any longer.
AH (Turkey 2016, Mustafa Ünlü). On 15th October 2015 a big peace demonstration was due to take place in Ankara. Before the succession began two bombs exploded a short distance away and killed 102 people. A meticulous reconstruction of the events, which reveals some shocking facts.
BEYOND BOUNDARIES – BREZMEJNO (Germany, Slovenia 2016, Peter Zach). Slovenia lies nestled in the heart of Europe bordered by Croatia, Austria, Hungary and Italy. Peter Zach wanders along the edges of this small country and meets Europeans. A poetic road movie that is both optimistic and timeless.
DEPORTATION CLASS (Germany 2016, Hauke Wendler, Carsten Rau). They come in the night, drag families from their beds and put them on planes. In 2016 alone around 25,000 asylum seekers were deported from Germany by the so-called “transportation commandos.” A nightmarish glimpse into Mecklenburg-Vorpommern’s biggest collective deportation to date.
FREE SPEECH FEAR FREE (United Kingdom 2016, Tarquin Ramsay). Since he was 15 Tarquin Ramsay has had one question on his mind: what does free speech actually mean? In search of an answer he meets well-known whistle blowers, hackers and Hollywood stars. The journey of a 20-year-old into the heart of a global debate – forceful and fearless.
MISS KIET'S CHILDREN – DE KINDEREN VAN JUF KIET (Netherlands 2016, Petra Lataster-Czisch, Peter Lataster). A sensitively observed film about everyday life in a Dutch integration class taught by the wonderful Kiet Engels.
ON THE EDGE OF HAPPINESS (Belgium 2016, Wil Mathijs). 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.
PRE-CRIME (Germany 2017, Monika Hielscher, Matthias Heeder). 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.
DOK.music - Open Air
BLUMENTOPF 1992–2016: NIEMALS WIRD ES WIEDER SO WERDEN WIE ES WAR (Germany 2016, Philipp Laier). The show is over… And as their grand finale they celebrate what they had for 24 years. At their last concert at Munich’s Zenith in front of 7,000 fans the hip-hop combo, Blumentopf, take their final bows. A defining moment in German rap history.
LIBERATION DAY (Latvia, Norway, Slovenia 2016, Uģis Olte, Morten Traavik). An ironic “documentary musical.” In August 2015 the Slovenian avant-garde cult group, Laibach, travelled to the capital of North Korea, Pyongyang, on the 70th anniversary of the country’s liberation from Japanese occupation, where they played two concerts of cover songs from THE SOUND OF MUSIC.
RUMBLE – THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD (Canada 2017, Catherine Bainbridge, Alfonso Maiorana). 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.
THIS IS ATOMIC LOVE (Germany 2016, Heike Schuffenhauer, Marc Seibold). At long last a film about the legendary Munich indie club, “The Atomic Café.” Here in front of its iconic glittery backdrop local bands, such as Sportfreunde Stiller, as well as international groups and DJs created unforgettable nights of music for almost 18 years. This film is a declaration of love.
AMOK! (Germany 2001, Georg Stefan Troller). Wayne Lo is intellectually gifted, did well at school and plays the violin superbly. At Simon's Rock College in Massachusetts he shot dead two men unprovoked, injured many others and is now serving a life sentence. Troller draws a bold portrait that centres around one question: why?
BEGEGNUNG IM KNAST (Germany 1981, Georg Stefan Troller). Last chance saloon. In the high security prison of Moundsville, West Virginia, some convicted felons are tasked with getting a group of young delinquents back on the right track. A disturbing social experiment – fearlessly brought to the screen.