“For the Time Being” by Nele Dehnenkamp is a film that tells the story of Michelle’s fight for justice while her husband, Jemaine Archer, has been imprisoned for murder since 1998. Michelle firmly believes in his innocence. The film explores whether their bond is strong enough to withstand 22 years of separation.
Not many people are aware of the story, but the genocide in Rwanda claimed one million lives. It’s a topic that continues to weigh on the people living there. “I thought we would never be able to speak again,” says one of the protagonists in the film “Kumva – Which Comes from Silence.”
“Beauty and the Lawyer,” directed by Hovhannes Ishkhanyan, follows an Armenian family that, at first glance, appears like any other – mother, father, child. However, appearances can be deceiving. Hasmik advocates for the rights of queer individuals, while her husband Garik is known as a drag queen. The director spent over five years documenting their family’s journey.
In his short film “The Wages of John Pernia,” Ben Young explores the life of his famous ancestor, the explorer Meriwether Lewis. However, the film focuses more on Lewis’s alleged love story with his companion John Pernia than on his well-known expeditions.
Anyone who still doesn’t understand the title definitely hasn’t seen the film “The Tuba Thieves.” In the USA, a significant number of tubas from school orchestras were repeatedly stolen. However, the film “The Tuba Thieves” doesn’t revolve around these thefts; instead, it’s a portrait of sounds, noises, and tones.
In her father’s winery in southwestern France, an old family secret has long been fermenting. For decades, it went unspoken. Now, filmmaker Lucie Dèche attempts to work through her own family history in “Mamie 44.”
Nikolaus Geyrhalter addresses the COVID-19 pandemic in his latest work, “Stillstand.” While it includes voices from nearly all age groups, it notably lacks input from teenagers. This documentary film is considered important by DOK Spotters but regrettably incomplete.
“Vika” sounds like an intriguing documentary about an extraordinary woman defying stereotypes in her mid-80s as a DJane in Warsaw. The film, directed by Agnieszka Zwiefka, serves as an engaging entry into the DOK Festival, offering a glimpse into Vika’s unique life.
“Where are you from? Do you have a home?” Sofia Brockenshire, the director of “The Dependents”, deals with this question in her film. Together with her family, she moved to a new country every few years until adulthood.
In her video diary the Ukrainian director Hanna Trofimova takes us into her life, in the midst of war. She shows images of fear and tells about the guilt she feels, leaving her homeland behind. We met her for an interview about her film “When will the Winter of 2022 end ?“
Kornelia und Karolina are aktivists from Poland. They try to provide refugees who want to flee from Belarus across the border to Poland with food, water, clothes and medicine. “Border Conversations” tells about their everyday life.
“What actually is squirting?” – this is how openly Grandma Sylvia and mother Janet talk to each other. For the lockdown, the two of them moved in together, to support each other. We met filmmaker Dana Reilly for an interview about her film “favorite daughter”.