For me, the magic a documentary film holds is, among other things, that you get to know people you would normally never have met. I am quite often reminded of the Indonesian farmer’s family from "The Land Beneath the Fog" (Negeri di Bawah Ka-but). Too much rain lets the potatoes rot away in the fields, while the school fees are so high that the family cannot afford them for their youngest son, although he so eager for knowledge. Still, the family defies all adversities with a satisfied smile on their lips and keeps on fighting, day by day. The boys from "Beyond Wriezen” (Nach Wriezen) have deeply impressed me, too; the film accompanies young men, just released from prison, in their efforts to embark on a new life, thus creating occasion-ally a strange closeness.
Our expert visitors may also watch films in the DOK Market section that are not part of the official program. Two of my personal favourites are "Happy Serious Sad" about a gay couple who wish to adopt a child and "Happy Birthday Emiliy", a short film about short haired dachshunds and how their masters love them.