TEAM GAZA (Niederlande 2016, Frederick Mansell, Laurens Samsom, DOK.horizonte). Everyday life in Gaza consists of more than war and poverty. TEAM GAZA observes the Beach Camp football team as they fight against relegation. Off the pitch the players follow their dreams: a house, family, independence. A fresh look at the Gaza Strip.
THE AFRICAN WHO WANTED TO FLY – L'AFRICAIN QUI VOULAIT VOLER (Belgien, Frankreich, Gabon 2016, Samantha Biffot, DOK.horizonte). He was the first ever black African to learn i the fine art of Chinese martial arts n a Shaolin temple. THE AFRICAN WHO WANTED TO FLY tells the amazing story of a 15-year-old from Gabon, who set out to become a Kung Fu fighter in China.
THE BOY ON THE BICYCLE (Großbritannien 2015, Stefania Bounajuti, DOK.education). 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.
THE CHALLENGE (Italien, Frankreich 2016, Yuri Ancarani, DOK.international). Falconry follows a centuries old tradition on the Arabian Peninsula. Only the wealth that comes from the oil in the desert state of Qatar is changing everything. This film celebrates a modern decadent life with the birds of prey and the desert in powerful cinematic images.
THE CINEMA TRAVELLERS (Indien 2016, Shirley Abraham, Amit Madheshiya, DOK.horizonte). Year after year two travelling cinema operators take films to the remote provinces of West India. But their 35mm projectors are getting on a bit and the current blockbusters are only available as digital copies. The end of the analogue era has caught up with them too.
THE LAND BENEATH OUR FEET (Großbritannien, USA 2016, Sarita Siegel, Gregg Mitman, DOK.special). Using the example of land rights in Liberia, West Africa, THE LAND BENEATH OUR FEET shows us how much the past dictates the present. A film about history, colonialism and the possibility of creating new perspectives by using archive material.
THE WAR SHOW (Finnland, Dänemark, Syrien 2016, Andreas Dalsgaard, Obaidah Zytoon, DOK.panorama). A very personal film about the beginnings of the Arab revolution in Syria – filmed as a video diary by the radio presenter Obaidah Zytoon and her friends. Initial euphoria ultimately gives way to total hopelessness. A shocking document.
THIS IS ATOMIC LOVE (Deutschland 2016, Heike Schuffenhauer, Marc Seibold, DOK.music - Open Air). 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.
ULTRA (Ungarn, Griechenland 2016, Balazs Simonyi, DOK.panorama). In 36 hours the participants in the Spartathlon, one of the toughest long-distance marathons in the world, must cover a distance of 246 kilometres. By day and night the runners battle against the heat, the cold and the clock. What drives them to take on this superhuman feat of endurance?
UNBARMHERZIG – WITHOUT MERCY (Deutschland 2017, Julia Charakter, Student Award). Child abuse in the name of the church. This short hybrid film composed of animation and documentary observation consistently focuses on small moments. It explores the resistance to the insupportable. This insistence on detail makes the film itself a wonderful act of resistance.
UNTITLED (Österreich, Deutschland 2017, Michael Glawogger, Monika Willi, DOK.special). What does a documentary look like „when you let yourself be led by nothing but your own curiosity and intuition“ (Michael Glawogger)? Out of this notion, Monika Willi has put together an extremely vital film essay: entirely in the spirit of the exceptional late Austrian director.
VIKTORS KOPF – VIKTOR'S HEAD (Deutschland 2016, Carmen Eckhardt, DOK.special). There are people who insist on the past. And others who brush it aside. They collect minerals and listen to uncles and aunts and understand: nothing. Or they can’t talk about it. Paragraphs conclude the rest. Until someone comes and struggles through them and discovers a person. It is worth it.
VON SÄNGERN UND MÖRDERN – A TALE OF SINGERS AND MURDERERS (Deutschland 2016, Stefan Eberlein, DOK.international). A penal colony in Russia where stagnation is enforced arbitrarily by the authorities. All that the thousands of prisoners here have to comfort them as they serve their time is singing in front of a mass audience. Stefan Eberlein gives them a voice – and breaks open the chains of their anonymity.
WERNER NEKES – DAS LEBEN ZWISCHEN DEN BILDERN (Deutschland 2017, Ulrike Pfeiffer, DOK.special). An homage to Werner Nekes, one of the most significant German avant-garde filmmakers and collectors, who passed away aged 72 in January 2017. Throughout his life he pursued his interest in film as a medium, seeing and perception and made over 100 films.