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3 Stolen Cameras

Documentary Film
Spain,
Sweden
2017
17 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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RåFILM Filmmakers Collective, Equipe Media
RåFILM Filmmakers Collective, Equipe Media
Mariem Hassan
RåFILM Filmmakers Collective, Equipe Media
RåFILM Filmmakers Collective, Equipe Media
David Gülich
We don’t see or hear much coming out of Western Sahara. The region was annexed by Morocco in 1979 and the Moroccan occupiers were able to impose an almost complete media blockade since then. For years, activists of the Equipe Media group have been the only ones who covertly film rallies, police brutality and human rights violations and smuggle the material abroad, while they themselves frequently get in the line of fire of the occupation forces.

Ralph Eue
International Programme 2012
Big Boys Gone Bananas!* Fredrik Gertten

A small film company’s almost hopeless battle against the Dole food corporation. The connections between consumption, freedom of opinion and democracy as a thriller.

Big Boys Gone Bananas!*

Documentary Film
Sweden
2012
90 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Margarete Jangård, WG Film
Fredrik Gertten
Conny Malmqvist, Dan "Gisen" Malmquist
Frank Pineda, Joe Aguirre, David McGuire, Malin Korkeasalo, Stefan berg, Kasia Winograd, Sasha Snow, Terese Mörnvik
Jesper Osmund, Benjamin Binderup
Charlotte Rodenstedt
Fredrik Gertten
Alexander Thörnqvist
In 1989, when a whole nation "was gone bananas”, the banana was regarded as the ultimate symbol of the good life in East Germany. The freedom of unlimited consumption seemed to go hand in hand with the freedom of speech and the arts. Frederik Gertten is about to teach us about the real link between bananas and democracy.
In his last film Gertten proved that their cultivation on Nicaraguan plantations owned by the Dole food corporation is extremely harmful to the workers. Before the opening of that film, the filmmaker got a 200-page letter from the corporation trying to stop the screening. An unprecedented campaign – documented and retold by Gertten in this film – begins. A small, independent production company stands up to a big player who seems to be able to buy, manipulate, threaten or even destroy at will everything and everyone from the legal system to the L.A. Film Festival, from the press to the whole Internet. An uneven, practically hopeless fight against a power that dwarfs even George Orwell’s imagination.
Only when the civil society in the shape of the Swedish parliament and a handful of enlightened consumers begins to understand that responsibility for the freedom of opinion and the arts cannot lie solely with the individual artist but is a good everyone must defend does the case take an unexpected turn, which – don’t we know it – has something to do with banana consumption...
– Grit Lemke

Bilder von Vietnam

Documentary Film
Sweden
1972
24 minutes
subtitles: 
German

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Sveriges Radio SVT
Peter Nestler
Peter Nestler
Peter Nestler
The period from 1965 to 75, during which this film was presented at this festival, was called the “Vietnam decade” in Leipzig. “Documentarians” and photographers were the first to spotlight the horrors of a war which initially took place far from the eyes of the world. The two genres merged beautifully in the persons of Nestler and the renowned East German photographer Thomas Billhardt: Billhardt’s photos of the life of a tortured nation, but also of moments of respite and happiness, which sometimes – and this is where he is very close to Nestler – focus on the smallest details, burn themselves into the viewer’s memory. Cleverly edited, with a sober voice-over by Zsóka Nestler, contrasted with poems by Vietnamese children read by Swedish children – the only moving images.
– Grit Lemke
International Programme 2017
Burka Songs 2.0 Hanna Högstedt

A performance against the French ban on face veils becomes the starting point of a multifaceted examination of (structural) racism and (activist) arrogance.

Burka Songs 2.0

Documentary Film
Sweden
2017
45 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Hanna Högstedt, Archana Khanna
Hanna Högstedt
Annika Busch, Maja Kekonius
Hanna Högstedt, Annika Ivarsson
Hanna Högstedt
Gustaf Berger
After a nationwide debate wearing a face veil was legally banned in France in 2011. The supporters argued that the veil was opposed to the values of the republic: equality of the sexes and freedom from religious oppression. The Swedish filmmaker Hanna Högstedt believes that this is populist symbolic politics and decides to act in a performance on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées that she has recorded on film: dressed in a black burka she sings the French national anthem at the top of her voice.

The reactions are not as expected. “Burka Songs 2.0” is Högstedt’s way of coming to terms with what happened during the filming and what reflections this triggered. She describes how difficult it is to find an attitude towards a political rhetoric regarded as dishonest and courting the masses without being drawn into the maelstrom of attributions herself. She realises that she won’t find satisfactory answers to her questions and decides to make her perplexity the starting point of this film. Högsted’s perspective is changed by talking to people who experience racism – with no intention to provoke – in their daily life. The Swedish filmmaker works her way through the ambivalence of her subject and at last reaches the conclusion that her own actions were – and are – not without presumption either.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann

Chilefilm

Documentary Film
Sweden
1974
23 minutes
subtitles: 
German

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Sveriges Radio SVT
Peter Nestler
Luis Francisco Roca, Ramon Chavez
Peter Nestler
Peter Nestler
This feature was produced for a Swedish Public Television youth magazine as a simple and easy-to-follow explanation of the background of the military coup in Chile. In the typical Nestler style, the film uses historical documents, drawings and photos (including some by Thomas Billhardt) to trace an arc from the Indian struggle for liberation to Allende and his fall. Notwithstanding its ostentatious factuality it is a passionate plea for the cause of the Unidad Popular: “There’s a connection between the fact that many are so terribly poor and so many are rich.” The film was never broadcast.
– Grit Lemke

Colombianos

Documentary Film
Sweden
2012
90 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Antonio Russo Merenda, Hysteria Film AB
Tora Mårtens
Andreas Unge
Erik Vallsten
Tora Mårtens
The two Colombian brothers Pablo and Fernando are around 20 and couldn’t be more different. Pablo lives in Colombia, has clear goals and realises them with determination. Fernando, only a few years younger, is hanging out in Stockholm. A junkie with no direction, about to crash. And a therapy in Colombia supervised by Pablo is supposed to help? Tora Mårten’s film follows the unequal brothers and Olga, their mother, whose role in Fernando’s misery emerges more clearly the longer we observe them, over a period of one and a half years. Pablo has his share of the responsibility, too. He calls his younger brother Ferdi and treats him accordingly: he plans the therapy, demands, organises. They both love him, and that’s Fernando’s problem. How to escape this loving attention that bears down on him like lead? “Colombianos” displays a great sense of situations, quiet nuances and silent observations in this tale of a family whose balance of relationships is being re-arranged. In a reversal of his status as the baby of the family, Fernando forms the centre of gravity around which old family ties are dissolving to re-emerge on a new, cleansed level. Olga attends a self-help group to analyse her own behaviour. Pablo increases the pressure and throws off the responsibility for his brother, who finally prevails and returns to Sweden alone. Cut. A year later. Life sometimes does have happy endings. Just like the movies.

Matthias Heeder



Golden Dove in the International Competition Documentary Film 2012

Animadoc 2014
Counting Days and Years Monne Lindström

When parents go to prison, children often don’t know how to cope with the situation. This film is a sensitive attempt to gain insight into the thoughts and emotions of three children who have to visit one parent in prison.

2014

Counting Days and Years

Animadoc
Sweden
2014
14 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Kristina Meiton, Cristina Schadewitz
Monne Lindström
Alexander Palmestål
Kristina Meiton
Monne Lindström
Monne Lindström, Kristina Meiton, Cristina Schadewitz
Lars Wignell
When parents go to prison, children often don’t know how to cope with the situation. This film is a sensitive attempt to gain insight into the thoughts and emotions of three children who have to visit one parent in prison.
International Programme 2018
Curiosity and Control Albin Biblom

People are fascinated by wild beasts. The modes of presenting them cover a spectrum from artfully designed dioramas in museums to more modern and humane zoos.

Curiosity and Control

Documentary Film
Sweden
2018
58 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Adam Marko-Nord, Sara Waldestam
Albin Biblom
Goran Kajfes, David Österberg
Albin Biblom
Bernhard Winkler
Albin Biblom
David Österberg
In the 19th century, dioramas were a kind of predecessor of the movies. Taxidermy animals from distant countries were to be presented in the most lifelike environments possible. The US scientist and sculptor Carl Akeley is considered the father of taxidermy. He created groundbreaking dioramas for the New York Museum of Natural History in the early 20th century. In the 1920s he was the first man to film mountain gorillas and changed from hunter to dedicated animal protectionist. His biography reflects both the social changes in our attitude to animals and technical progress.

Based on a portrait of the pioneering Akeley, “Curiosity and Control” addresses the different ways animals are presented in natural history museums and zoos, critically exploring various perspectives. What is man’s relation to the fauna? It’s marked by curiosity and control: the former drove early scientists to collect, own, and systematise animals since the early expeditions – and preserve them from extinction. Ownership, however, also generates dominance. Is it permissible to keep other species in cages? No matter how “natural” and humane the zoo architecture is: “You will see something that looks like an elephant. But it’s not behaving like a wild elephant,” a zoo director says. Another dilemma.

Annina Wettstein

Das Warten

Documentary Film
Sweden
1985
6 minutes
subtitles: 
German

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Sveriges Radio, Stockholm
Peter Nestler
Peter Nestler, Kenneth Jacobsson
Peter Nestler
In the archives of Swedish Public Television, Peter Nestler came across photos of a mining disaster in Lower Silesia that killed 155 miners in 1930. In only six minutes, the portrayals of the people waiting above ground, the desperate relatives and helpers, the memorial ceremony and the German Communist Party’s protests as well as the pictures of miners’ work at the time, combined with quotes from Swedish newspapers and sombre music by Weber and Grieg, outline a society that will literally walk over dead bodies to make a profit.
– Grit Lemke

Die Folgen der Unterdrückung

Documentary Film
Sweden
1982
40 minutes

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Sverige Radio SVT
Peter Nestler
Peter Nestler und ein Team aus Chile
Peter Nestler
Nine years after the military coup, Peter Nestler comes to a country that seems to have gone back to normal. But behind the images of wealth and urbanity he discovers the fault lines of the past: traumatised families, children who were forced to watch as their parents were arrested and tortured. Broken people who make their painstaking way back to a normal life. Oppression is also presented in its psychological form as a process of suppressing grief, anger and memories that makes a whole society sick.
– Grit Lemke

Die Hasen fangen und braten den Jäger

Animated Film
Sweden
1994
7 minutes
subtitles: 
German

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Peter Nestler Filmproduktion, München
Peter Nestler
Lennart Bang
Peter Nestler
Hans Sachs
A poem by Hans Sachs narrated in single frames of charcoal drawings by Peter Nestler: the rabbits team up against the hunter, a parable on the possibility of resistance.
– Grit Lemke
Animadoc 2014
Embryo Emma Thorsander

Based on intimate interviews with five women who had an abortion, the film tells stories about choosing and being forced, and evokes thoughts about how things could have been and why abortion is still a taboo.

2014

Embryo

Animadoc
Sweden
2014
14 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Emma Thorsander
Emma Thorsander
Lea-Marie Sittler
Emma Thorsander
Emi Stahl, Helena Frank, Johanna Rubin, Olle Söderström, Sara Frisk
Emma Thorsander
Joel Rayner
Based on intimate interviews with five women who had an abortion, the film tells stories about choosing and being forced, and evokes thoughts about how things could have been and why abortion is still a taboo.

Exit

Documentary Film
Germany,
Norway,
Sweden
2018
80 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Eirin Gjørv
Karen Winther
Michel Wenzer
Peter Ask
Robert Stengård
Karen Winther
Yvonne Stenberg, Gisle Tveito
When Karen Winther comes across a few old boxes during a move she finds herself confronted with her past. On top are some swastika stickers, next to a tape labelled “Blitz” and “Hits”, and a lot of stuff decorated with the imperial eagle. Twenty years ago she joined a right-wing extremist organisation in Norway, looking for adventure and like-minded people. “It’s embarrassing to look at,” she comments in the voice over.

“Exit” is her film, her story, and yet the plot soon points in other directions, refuses to be constrained by its own structure. Winther travels to the US to meet women who also used to move in right-wing extremist circles. She sits in the car with a former left-wing extremist activist, talking about a formative encounter many years ago. She meets Ingo Hasselbach, “The Führer of Berlin”, whose career in the East German neo-Nazi scene is the subject of Winfried Bonengel’s film “Führer Ex”. And she meets a former jihadist who served a sentence in a Paris prison. In addition to surprisingly similar motivations and experiences, what they all have in common are the difficulties caused by their “Exits” – feelings of guilt, but also threats from still active members.

Carolin Weidner


Awarded with the Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize, the Young Eyes Film Award and the Gedanken-Aufschluss Prize from the Jury of juvenile and yound adult prisoners of JSA Regis-Breitingen

Animadoc 2014
German Shepherd Nils Bergendal

As a Jew growing up in Baltimore, David learned to fear the German people. Through recurring travels to Berlin, he now initiated his own reconciliation project.

2014

German Shepherd

Animadoc
Sweden
2014
10 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Nils Bergendal
Nils Bergendal
Hans Appelqvist
Bergendal Nils
Nils Bergendal
Nils Bergendal
Nils Bergendal
Hans Appelqvist
As a Jew growing up in Baltimore, David learned to fear the German people. Through recurring travels to Berlin, he now initiated his own reconciliation project. This animated film, posing the big questions about good and evil, provides disconcerting answers.
Kids DOK 2013
Grandpa & Me and a Helicopter to Heaven Åsa Blanck, Johan Palmgren

They are best friends: David sits at his grandfather’s bed and listens to his stories. Never mind that grandpa sometimes falls asleep in the middle, because he still makes the best jokes and knows everything about the forest and mushrooms. ...

Grandpa & Me and a Helicopter to Heaven

Documentary Film
Sweden
2013
14 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Åsa Blanck
Åsa Blanck, Johan Palmgren
David Ricci
Johan Palmgren
Petter Brundell
Åsa Blanck
Åsa Blanck
They are best friends: David sits at his grandfather’s bed and listens to his stories. Never mind that grandpa sometimes falls asleep in the middle, because he still makes the best jokes and knows everything about the forest and mushrooms. At last the two embark on an exhausting but fun trip to the forest. It’s to be their last, and in the end David is left with a helicopter and the secret of the place where the best chanterelles grow.
Fifteen minutes of lightness can be enough to say everything about the eternal cycle of life and death. So wise that every child can understand it.

Grit Lemke
Escaping Realities 2017
I Was a Winner Jonas Odell

An armed warrior is running through a lonely forest. There used to be more of his kind here – more adventurers, more gamers.

2016

I Was a Winner

Animadoc
Sweden
2016
14 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Johan Edström
Jonas Odell
Niklas Lundgren
Jonas Odell, Richard Dinter
Frippe Jonsater
An armed warrior is running through a lonely forest. There used to be more of his kind here – more adventurers, more gamers. He and other players in an online role-playing game reflect on the times when it was more important to them than anything else. The outside world couldn’t reach them – relationships and families happened in the game, if at all. The protagonists, represented by their former avatars here, had to learn the painful way that fun had turned into a burden and then into addiction. In his animadoc film the director shows how hard it can be to log out of a virtual reality and return to the real world.


Kim Busch