DOK Neuland Projects 2019
4 Feet: Blind Date
María Belén Poncio, Damián Turkieh
Argentina / 2018 / 19 min
Language: English, Spanish
“I will not be a virgin forever!” We follow Juana who is just discovering her own body. On her way through the non-barrier-free city she hears the occasional comment. Her answer: “Keep calm! It’s just a wheelchair!” But the obstacle to overcome is something else: nervousness before a blind date where Juana hopes to pop her cherry.
Alexey Furman, Sergii Polezhaka
Ukraine / 2019 / 30 min
Language: English, Ukrainian
This VR documentary reconstructs the events of 20 February 2014 on Kiev’s Independence Square. On that day, fifty people lose their lives when the police open fire on the Euromaidan protesters. Using archive material and 360° interviews, the story unfolds step by step in an environment recreated using CGI and photogrammetry.
ARTE presents: Der Traum des Cesare
Fabian Mrongowius, Nicolas de Leval Jerzierski, Floris Asche
VR Experience*, 360° Film
Germany / 2019 / 5 min
Language: English, German
100 years after the shooting of Robert Wiene’s silent film “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” ended, the story of the old showman and the somnambulist Cesare is reanimated as a volumetric video by 3D human body reconstruction technology. In this walk-in film, the perspective chosen determines one’s view of the expressionist and dreamlike scenery.
Ayahuasca - Kosmik Journey
France, Luxembourg / 2019 / 18 min
Guided by the meditative chants of a virtual Shipibo healer we embark on an inner journey. Our companions are snakes, beetles and scorpions. The destination of our journey is a world that seems to be pure geometry. Kaleidoscopic visions create a meditative state whose intensity is heavily dependent on our level of attention.
Germany / 2019 / 6 min
Visually inspired by “Candy Crush”, one of the most popular games of our time, we find ourselves in a pink world filled with candy-sweet creatures. They confront us with real comments from image boards like “4chan” and “8chan”, where, under cover of irony and anonymity, the boundaries between trolling and social radicalisation are becoming increasingly blurred.
Dark Origins: Mephisto (Preview)
UK / 2019 / 10 min
A few kilometres underground our flashlights are the only source of light. About thirty years ago, at a place with seemingly impossible living conditions, scientists discovered a hidden ecosystem that fundamentally changed our understanding of life. Among its inhabitants is the “Mephisto worm”. To explore its dark world at eye level we become as small as the creature.
Hanahana Full Bloom
France, Switzerland / 2019 / infinite
Language: without dialogue
Odd shapes stand in a desert landscape. At the push of a button, countless hands sprout from the ground. Hands, hands everywhere. Modelled on the Anime character Nico Robin who can make body parts grow anywhere at will, we are asked to contribute our own narratives and physical, intellectual and sensual impressions to this desert. The result is satisfying, in a surprising way.
Kenya / 2019 / 10 min
Language: Chadian Arabic, English, French
“The source of life, that is who I am!” The constantly shrinking Lake Chad itself takes stock: Its life-giving power is diminishing, its destination as an oasis is getting lost, inexorably. Since the 1960s the interior lake has lost more than 90 percent of its surface. This drastic decline, triggered by climate change, has devastating consequences for millions of people.
The Holy City
Nimrod Shanit, Timur Musabay
Canada, Israel / 2019 / 20 min
Language: English, Hebrew
In a mix of room-scale gaming and live action film Jerusalem can be experienced as a religious epicentre where three world religions overlap. Believers of all denominations work on the narrative of the place, pleading for mutual understanding. The starting point of this intellectual game is the ambivalent term of Abrahamism which initiates a trialogue between Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Traveling While Black
Roger Ross Williams, Félix Lajeunesse, Paul Raphaël, Ayesha Nadarajah
USA / 2018 / 21 min
Published between 1936 and 1966, the “Green Book” was a survival guide for African-American U.S. citizens, recommending safe places to avoid racist hostility on domestic journeys. “Ben’s Chili Bowl” has been among those recommendations since 1958. The intimate corners of this Washington restaurant become spaces of reflection for the racist degradation existing even today.
Paisley Smith, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun
Canada / 2019 / 6 min
In an age of dramatic climate predictions, each and everyone should ask themselves how big their own share in the destruction of the world is. Rage drives this work and rage is what it will ignite. The “Spirit Bear” invites us to the iconic world of the indigenous artist Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun and confronts us with the worst exploiters of nature: humans.
Your Spiritual Temple Sucks
Taiwan / 2017 / 10 min
Language: English, Mandarin
According to Taoist tradition, our fate is represented by a spiritual temple. Guided by a monk, a blindfolded person can enter the afterworld during their lifetime. The VR headset as an analogue blindfold is ritually charged in order to follow Mister Chang to his temple of fate. Once there, we follow his attempts to resolve marital and financial problems.
DOK Neuland is supported by ARTE.
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