THE OTHER SIDE OF EVERYTHING – DRUGA STRANA SVEGA (Serbien, Qatar, Frankreich 2017, Mila Turajlic, Best of Fests). “I don’t know – this country isn’t normal.” For years Srbijanka Turajlic has campaigned against political injustice from her home in Belgrade. Her daughter, Mila creates an extremely intimate portrayal of her and tells the story of her turbulent homeland of Serbia.
THE RIGHTS OF NATURE: A GLOBAL MOVEMENT – THE RIGHTS OF NATURE: A GLOBAL MOVEMENT (USA 2018, María Valeria Berros, Hal Crimmel, Issac Goeckeritz, DOK.special). It is still a small group, but the scientists and environmental activists who have vowed to change our concept of nature forever are celebrating their first successes. They are fighting for the recognition of inalienable, enforceable basic rights for nature – worldwide.
TIERE UND ANDERE MENSCHEN – ANIMALS AND OTHER PEOPLE (Österreich 2017, Flavio Marchetti, Best of Fests). In a Vienna animal shelter over a thousand animals are lovingly cared for every day. With great empathy and without commentary the film uses the example of this venerable institution to raise important ethical questions about the relationship between humans and animals.
TIME TRIAL (Großbritannien 2017, Finlay Pretsell, Best of Fests). “Cycling, it can be said, is absurd. But whoever finds meaning in cycling, will also find meaning in the absurdity of life.” An in-depth film about the trials and tribulations of cycling – both internal and external – and the infinite loneliness of pro riders.
TOUCHING CONCRETE (Deutschland 2017, Ilja Stahl, Student Award). It is all about music; it is all about dancing until the girls scream. There is nothing more important than that – not when you are 16. Then follows another day. Everyday life. In Hillbrow, Johannesburg, South Africa.
TRACING ADDAI (Deutschland 2018, Esther Niemeier, Student Award). Friends from your childhood – there are some you still know and some you can hardly remember. And then there are some whose stories you work out piece by piece. A documentary puzzle that takes us from the war in Syria to the German penal system and the life that pulsates outside.
TRANSPARENT WORLD – PROZRACHNY MIR (Georgien 2017, Vato Kuntsev, DOK.panorama). Life is not only about giving birth to a child, it is about the responsibility that new life brings into our existence, that the child will be brought up as a legitimate person. Right-minded parents will gracefully share the duty of being patient and loyal to their child. Today Beka is 26 years old... His father taught him his profession. Beka makes art photography and a film about a physicist and composer. He had his first photo exhibition recently. The father's patience and understanding helped him to introduce his son to adult life and make him believe in his own talent.
UNE JEUNESSE ALLEMANDE – A GERMAN YOUTH (Frankreich, Schweiz, Deutschland 2015, Jean-Gabriel Périot, DOK.special). The federal republic of the 1960s and its youth: upheaval, disillusionment, politicisation, and radicalisation. Without commentary and using solely archive material, this skilfully assembled film conveys the rise and fall of the RAF with its sights always on the present.
VERGOT (Italien 2016, Cecilia Bozza Wolf, Student Award). An apple orchard in the Italian Alps. Hard Rock blares out from the cellar. Here masculinity rules. It is not the ideal place to discover your homosexuality. In this tough family drama a gruff father and his two sons find new common ground. You almost want to praise the earnest method acting.
VIOLENCE IS TO CHARGE 600 EUROS – PUBLIC LAND II – VIOLENCE IS TO CHARGE 600 EUROS – PUBLIC LAND II (Griechenland, Spanien, Deutschland 2017, Elena Friedrich, Student Award). Film or philosophy? A dialogue, a car full of oranges - and a juicer. A short discourse about society, images and power, expressed in images that defy the power of representation.
VON WEGEN "SCHICKSAL" (Deutschland 1979, Helga Reidemeister, Retrospektive). Irene Rakowitz gets divorced after 20 years of marriage and takes her life into her own hands. She is faced with a lack of understanding from her husband Richard and with fierce resistance from her 14-year-old daughter Astrid. A hugely important film on the topic of emancipation – not only in 1979.
WAITHIRA – Waithira (Südafrika 2017, Eva Munyiri, DOK.network Africa). How do we define ourselves? The Kenyan filmmaker Eva Munyiri travels between the past and the present, between the place of her birth and the home she chose for herself, in search of her identity.
WALDHEIMS WALZER – THE WALDHEIM WALTZ (Österreich 2018, Ruth Beckermann, Best of Fests). “We acknowledge that he was not in the SA, only his horse was.” When the Nazi past of Kurt Waldheim came to light in 1986 the majority of Austrians saw the accusations against the Austrian People’s Party presidential candidate as an assault on the nation’s honour – and elected him anyway.
WE MARGIELA (Niederlande 2017, Menna Laura Meijer, mint film office, DOK.panorama). Fashion designer Martin Margiela and his “partners in crime” challenged the glamour and celebrity culture of the 1980s with radical deconstructivism, vintage underground and real life. WE MARGIELA tells the story of a revolution and portrays a unique fashion collective.
WE WERE REBELS (Deutschland 2014, Katharina von Schröder, Florian Schewe, DOK.special). “At least we are not shooting at each other any more.” Agel, a former child soldier, looks optimistically upon South Sudan’s future since its independence in 2011. We cannot fail to be astonished by this traumatised and yet absolutely benevolent fighter in an African tragedy.