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Flee

Flugt
Jonas Poher Rasmussen
Competition for the Audience Award 2021
Documentary Film
Denmark,
France,
Sweden,
Norway
2021
86 minutes
Danish,
Dari,
Russian,
English
subtitles: 
English

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Jonas Poher Rasmussen
Monica Hellström
Charlotte De La Gournerie
Signe Byrge Sørensen
Shoshi Korman
Janus Billeskov Jansen
Kenneth Ladekjær
Jonas Poher Rasmussen
Amin
Uno Helmerson

For many years, Amin was unable to speak about the experience of his flight. It is only now that he finds the courage to open up to his schoolmate, filmmaker Jonas Poher Rasmussen. From earliest childhood Amin’s life was marked by political unrest in his native country of Afghanistan and soon by growing up without a permanent home. His painful memories are visualized in haunting animations, interwoven with documentary footage.

It’s a well-known fact that flight does not lead from point A to point B and then simply ends. Amin’s story, though, shows how rocky and tortuous it can really be, leading from Afghanistan via Russia, Estonia and a few other stations to Denmark. Only when his life is on a safe track with an upcoming wedding and a good career does he find the strength to talk about what he had to go through to be where he is today. In an almost psychoanalytical setting, the protagonist – lying down – talks about his past. The narrative moves in a spiral between then and now, allowing for frequent respites between the traumatic impressions that the poignant animation makes almost physically tangible. It’s no coincidence that “Flee” has already won multiple awards and is considered an “instant classic” even now.
Kim Busch
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Migration
Family Ties
Extended Reality: DOK Neuland 2021
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Hush Vibeke Bryld
A meditative journey into Norse mythology: While the earthly world is dissolving, voices draw us into a lost underwater universe.
2020
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Hush

Havfolket kalder mørknet vand
Vibeke Bryld
Extended Reality 2021
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Denmark
2020
12 minutes
without dialogue

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Vibeke Bryld
Maria Kristensen
Heidi Elise Christensen
Signe Byrge Sørensen
Final Cut for Real
Elin Maria Johansson
Lars Hemmingsen Nørgaard
Lars Hemmingsen Nørgaard
Mads Michelsen
Sune Kaarsberg
Signe Lykke

In Norse mythology there are numerous sagas about water creatures that lure sailors out to sea. This VR experience takes us on a meditative journey to this mythical reality. While the world around us is dissolving, voices draw us into a lost underwater universe in which the boundaries between reality, fantasy, humans and nature fade.

Lars Rummel
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Poetry and Crossing Boundaries
Sense and Being
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Lift Like a Girl

Ash ya Captain
Mayye Zayed
German Competition 2020
Documentary Film
Egypt,
Germany,
Denmark
2020
95 minutes
Arabic
subtitles: 
English

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Mayye Zayed
Mayye Zayed
Anke Petersen
Anna Bolster
Eva Klöcker
Claudia Tronnier
The Getty Images ARRAY Grant
Arab Fund For Arts & Culture (AFAC)
HotDocs - Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund
International Media Support (IMS)
The Danish-Arab Partnership Programme The Danish Egyptian Dialogue Initiative (DEDI)
Samir Nabil
Andromeda Film AG
Kristoffer Salting
Brian Dyrby
Sara Abdallah
Mayye Zayed
Mohamad Elhadidi
Marian Mentrup

Captain Ramadan’s “gym” is located in a dusty residential area near the port of Alexandria. This is where the former professional athlete has coached young women in weightlifting for over twenty years – including his daughter Nahla, the first Egyptian world champion. An extraordinarily intimate portrait of this lone and fighter who raised Egypt’s young athletes to world class level with self-funding, which also puts the focus on a second protagonist: young Asmaa.

Mayye Zayed has followed the Captain’s student, who was fourteen at the start, for four years. Wearing a red Popeye t-shirt and backed by her coach, she fights her way to the global top league matches. The story of the inner highs and lows of the introverted young woman unfolds gently as the camera captures her emotional states precisely without many words. The dramaturgy of the chronological narrative follows the events in the best direct cinema manner, impressively adapting to the rhythm of life – and death. The result is the portrait of an unusual relationship and of a harsh environment that demands more than physical strength from the participants.
Borjana Gaković
Nominated for Young Eyes Film Award, DEFA Sponsoring Prize, Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize, VER.DI Prize for Solidarity, Humanity and Fairness
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Small Worlds, Big People
Umverteilen und Mitreden
Family Ties
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Kids DOK 2020
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Long, Live, Love Sine Skibsholt
Rose is a teenager who fights with her mother and, for the second time, against cancer. She records everything in her diary: good and bad moments, photos, memories, drawings.
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Long, Live, Love

Lever Elsker Savner
Sine Skibsholt
Kids DOK 2020
Documentary Film
Denmark
2020
78 minutes
Danish
subtitles: 
English

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Sine Skibsholt
Helle Faber
Kim Christiansen
Sine Skibsholt
Ina Lindgreen
Rebekka Lønqvist
Thomas Arent
Martin Juel Dirkov

Rosemarie has defeated cancer as a small child. Now she’s fourteen and the disease is back. Though her mother supports Rose, her anxiety makes it hard to get along with her. Their relationship is complicated and so is being a teenager with cancer. Rose looks ahead: new school, new haircut, new image. She wants to move on – and she wants her mother to do the same.

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Family Ties
Small Worlds, Big People
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Our Memory Belongs to Us

Frihed, håb og andre synder – Den syriske revolution 10 år senere
Rami Farah, Signe Byrge Sørensen
Competition for the Audience Award 2021
Documentary Film
Denmark,
France,
Palestinian Territories
2021
90 minutes
Arabic
subtitles: 
German Subtitles for deaf and hard-of-hearing, English

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Rami Farah
Signe Byrge Sørensen
Signe Byrge Sørensen
Lyana Saleh
Anne Köhncke
Reema Jarrar
Gladys Joujou
Henrik Bohn Ipsen
Henrik Garnov
Anders V. Christensen
Kinan Azmeh
Dima Saber
Rami Farah
Lyana Saleh
Signe Byrge Sørensen

The most valuable thing Yadan carries with him on his flight is a hard drive. It contains almost 13,000 videos recorded in 2011 and 2012 by him and other insurgents in Daraa, the “cradle” of the Syrian revolution. Eight years later, Yadan and two of his fellow travellers meet in a theatre in Paris to (re)confront the material. In the dialogue between the men and the images, a piece of the country’s history begins to take shape.

When peaceful protest turns into brutal war, a small group of civilians become the voice of Daraa. They film where there is no official coverage: at first in order to help the revolution into actual existence by their media representation, later to bear witness in an urgent plea for help to the international community. Against the human rights crimes of the government troops, against shelling and bombs – the camera is their weapon. The cinematic set-up becomes the starting point for a reflection about the meaning of images, then and now, and at the same time triggers a conversion of personal into collective memories. The protagonists’ reactions reveal how painful this process is: “Is the collection of the story worth all the violence that memory brings back?” is asked from offscreen. The film gives a decisive answer.
Sarina Lacaf
Winner of Leipziger Ring
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Exile
State of the World
Re-Visions 2020
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Slaves David Aronowitsch, Hanna Heilborn
Two Southern Sudanese children look back at their experiences of slavery. The authentic 2003 sound recording expands into an animated space in children’s colours.
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Slaves

Slavar
David Aronowitsch, Hanna Heilborn
Re-Visions 2020
Animated Film
Sweden,
Norway,
Denmark
2008
16 minutes
English,
Dinka
subtitles: 
English

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David Aronowitsch
Hanna Heilborn
David Aronowitsch
Hanna Heilborn
Medieoperatørene
Pausefilm ApS
Mats Johansson
Magnus Östergren
Anders Nyström
Peter Albrechtsen

Nine-year-old Abuk and 15-year-old Machiek have survived an ordeal. Like many Southern Sudanese children, they were robbed and enslaved by militias. In 2003, after their liberation, they visited Sweden to talk about their experiences. The authentic sound recording expands into animated space and supplies the voiceover for images of fear and memories in children’s colours.

Ralph Eue
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Zustand der Welt
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The Cars We Drove into Capitalism

The Cars We Drove into Capitalism
Georgi Bogdanov, Boris Missirkov
Competition for the Audience Award 2021
Documentary Film
Bulgaria,
Germany,
Denmark,
Croatia,
Czech Republic
2021
93 minutes
Bulgarian,
German,
Norwegian,
Czech,
Russian,
English
subtitles: 
English

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Georgi Bogdanov
Boris Missirkov
Martichka Bozhilova
Tina Leeb
Miljenka Čogelja
Dana Budisavljević
Jiří Konečný
Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær
Sascha Beier
Simone Baumann
Boris Missirkov
Georgi Bogdanov
Boris Missirkov
Georgi Bogdanov
Emil Granicharov
Jacob Thuessen
Georgi Tenev
Veselin Zografov

A nostalgic trip into a past when buying a car constituted a lifetime’s work – especially for those Europeans who had a maximum of two handful of brands at their disposal. This cheerfully edited collection of auto biographies from socialist production evokes seemingly carefree times when the motorized vehicle was allowed to be simply a status symbol: free from ideological turf wars revolving around the climate crisis and mobility diets.

From Russia via Bulgaria and the Czech Republic to Germany and Norway, love stories between humans and Trabi, Moskvitch and Volga are captured on film. We meet protagonists who are fond of their beloved piece of tin, then or now, or have even amassed a considerable collection. There’s a couple who met and fell in love at a retro car exhibition and still drive the same model today. We meet a sexton who passes on his official car after 32 years of use. We make the acquaintance of a pin-up who always poses in front of vintage cars from the East. They all have a soft spot for these rickety rust buckets, because even though the products of the socialist car industry were usually slow, chunky, tedious to drive and to repair, they were all regarded as showpieces of a successful life. And there was one in almost every family: coveted, long longed-for, assiduously polished.
Lina Dinkla
Nominated for MDR Film Prize
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Witty
State of the World