View from the World is a selection of this year’s edition of DokuFest that hits with great stories and some unforgettable characters!
1999 by Samara Chadwick tells the story of how everyone is forever transformed when death haunts a high school in a small town in the late 1990s. In this gentle prismatic film, Samara returns to the town she fled as a teen to reimmerse herself in the memories still lurking there, in its spaces and within the dusty boxes of diaries, photos and VHS tapes. 1999 is not a ghost story, but the ghosts are palpable at every turn.
In BISBEE ’17, director Robert Greene walks us into the community of Bisbee, a mining town on the Arizona-Mexico border not far away from legendary Tombstone, commemorates the deportation of 1200 immigrant workers forced on cattle cars and left to die in the desert. With the help of the residents of the small city, Greene recreates the conflict and union unrest that originated the tragedy. A dark page of American history comes once again back to life.
Karim Aïnouz’s CENTRAL AIRPORT THF is about Berlin’s historic defunct Tempelhof Airport, that remains a place of arrivals and departures. Today its massive hangars are used as Germany’s largest emergency shelter for asylum seekers, like 18-year-old Syrian refugee Ibrahim. As Ibrahim adjusts to his transitory daily life of social services interviews, German lessons and medical exams, he tries to cope with homesickness and the anxiety of whether or not he will gain residency or be deported.
Composed of intimate and unencumbered moments of people in a community, HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING by RaMell Ross allows the viewer an emotive impression of the Historic South – trumpeting the beauty of life and consequences of the social construction of race, while simultaneously a testament to dreaming – despite the odds.
IN PRAISE OF NOTHING by Boris Mitić is a satirical documentary parable about Nothing, in which Nothing, tired of being misunderstood, runs away from home and comes to address us for the first and the last time…Researched through 20.000 pages of a most eclectic bibliography, filmed over 8 years by 62 cinematographers in 70 countries; scored by cabaret grandmasters Pascal Comelade and the Tiger Lillies; narrated – in simple childlike verse – by Iggy Pop.
In a provincial city hall, a clerk is dreaming. After a series of unfortunate accidents, he searches of a better, more orderly, less violent world—in soccer, or, rather, in a newly-invented game, a sport simultaneously elaborate, rational, and improbable. Funny, sad and moving, this minimalist documentary keeps us captive in the world of a small-time clerk seeking to transcend his own limits. After The Second Game, Director Corneliu Porumboiu with INFINITE FOOTBALL comes back to documentary and soccer—but if the first title was about our relationship to the past, this current one is about the potential of the future, about what we leave behind us for the coming worlds.
First-time filmmaker Bing Liu’s documentary MINDING THE GAP is a coming-of-age saga of three skateboarding friends in their Rust Belt hometown hit hard by decades of recession. In his quest to understand why he and his friends all ran away from home when they were younger, Bing follows 23-year-old Zack as he becomes a father and 17-year-old Keire as he gets his first job. As the film unfolds, Bing is thrust into the middle of Zack’s tumultuous relationship with his girlfriend and Keire’s inner struggles with racial identity and his deceased father.
The story of Donald Trump’s election told entirely through Russian propaganda. By turns horrifying and hilarious, the film OUR NEW PRESIDENT directed by Maxim Pozdorovkinis a satirical portrait of Russian meddling in the 2016 election that reveals an empire of fake news and the tactics of modern day information warfare.
Conceptual artist Jill Magid grapples with the contested legacy of Luis Barragán, Mexico’s most famous architect. Unfolding with the suspense of thriller, THE PROPOSAL follows Magid as she develops an unorthodox project exploring the nature of artistic legacy and who ultimately controls it. As she progresses, Magid interacts with Barragán’s family, admirers, and the Swiss copyright holders who aggressively “protect” his work, in a kind of a love triangle with Barragán at the apex. Ultimately, Magid creates her own startling, provocative work that forces the viewer into reckoning with how an artist’s story is told, and who is permitted to do the telling.
In 1973, five men and six women drifted across the Atlantic on a raft as part of a scientific experiment studying the sociology of violence, aggression and sexual attraction in human behavior. Although the project became known in the press as ‘The Sex Raft’, nobody expected what ultimately took place on that three month journey. Through extraordinary archive material and a reunion of the surviving members of the expedition on a full scale replica of the raft, the film THE RAFT by Marcus Lindeen tells the hidden story behind what has been described as ’one of the strangest group experiments of all time.
TIME TRIAL takes us into the final races of cyclist David Millar’s career, leading to his last encounter with the Tour de France, when every mile travelled is a mile closer to the end. Directed by Finlay Pretsell, the film reveals how the human spirit is driven by forces deeper than success and glory.
On 13 February 2012 war-correspondent Marie Colvin and photographer Paul Conroy entered war-ravaged Syria to cover the plight of civilians trapped in besieged Homs, under attack by the Syrian army. Only one of them returned. Based on Conroy’s book UNDER THE WIRE and directed by Chris Martin, the film is a gripping account of the triumph of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity.
Since igniting the punk movement with ex-partner and Sex Pistols’ manager Malcolm McLaren, Dame Vivienne Westwood has been redefining British fashion for over 40 years, and is responsible for creating many of the most distinctive looks of our time. The film, WESTWOOD: PUNK, ICON, ACTIVIST by Lorna Tucker blends archive, beautifully crafted reconstruction, and insightful interviews with Vivienne’s fascinating network of collaborators, guiding us on her journey from a childhood in postwar Derbyshire to the runways of Paris and Milan.
Claire Simon in her YOUNG SOLITUDE portrays an important time for any individual, from 16 to 18 years of age. Set in the Paris suburbs in high school, teenagers chat after and even during class, sitting in the hallway or outside on a bench, looking at the city below them. Claire Simon sets up a cinematic dialog with the teens, speaking about their personal history, their family, but also passions and loneliness.