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Fati’s Choice

Le choix de Fati
Fatimah Dadzie
International Competition 2021
Documentary Film
Ghana,
South Africa
2021
45 minutes
English
subtitles: 
English

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Fatimah Dadzie
Don Edkins
Tiny Mungwe
Hamid Yakub
Bérénice Hahn
Yao Ladzekpo
Gloria Adotevi
Tito Marshall Gomez
Kofi Sefa
Fatimah Dadzie

A beach reminds us of Fati’s recent past. She came to Italy by sea, without papers, pregnant for the fifth time. Longing for her children, she returned to Ghana six months later – without her husband. The people around her can’t understand this decision. “You’ve created a mess,” a friend says. “How do I tell people?” a sister asks. But Fati wants to provide for her family, even though she still has to liberate three of her children from the custody of her in-laws.

Numerous recent documentaries have been dedicated to the experiences of people who arrive in the EU and get caught in the degrading conditions of asylum politics, but this work by Ghanaian director Fatimah Dadzie offers a change of perspective. In Fati’s hometown, Europe is considered a paradise – and what fool would voluntarily run away from there? The decision has lost the returnee all prestige. Her social exclusion is shown here by relatives as talking heads, directly in front of the camera. But when the film overlays everyday images of care work or street hawking with Fati’s voiceover, it gives a voice to its steadfast protagonist.
Jan-Philipp Kohlmann
Nominated for Prize of the Interreligious Jury, Leipziger Ring, FIPRESCI Prize
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Migration
Exile
Kids DOK 2021
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Njel, the Separation Félix Mbog
Manuela was four years old when her parents went abroad to work. She is growing up with her grandparents in Cameroon and has learned to cope with absence.
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Njel, the Separation

Njel, la séparation
Félix Mbog
Kids DOK 2021
Documentary Film
Cameroon,
South Africa
2021
22 minutes
French
subtitles: 
German Subtitles for deaf and hard-of-hearing

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Félix Mbog
Don Edkins
Tiny Mungwe
Cyrille Masso
Bérénice Hahn

Manuela lives in Cameroon and was four years old when her parents went abroad to work. She’s eleven now and preparing for her first graduation. She is growing up with her grandparents and, despite leading a good life, had to struggle with grief for a long time. Now she has learned how to cope with absence and how to be together despite the long distance.

Lina Dinkla
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Family Ties
Exile
Small Worlds, Big People
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Stay Up

Reste debout
Aïssata Ouarma
International Competition Short Film 2021
Documentary Film
Burkina Faso,
South Africa
2021
38 minutes
French
subtitles: 
English

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Aïssata Ouarma
Don Edkins
Tiny Mungwe
Sékou Traoré
Bérénice Hahn
Abdul Aziz Diallo
Barou Ouédraogo
Djibril Sanogo
Ernest Kabore
Féïçale Diara
Issiaka Diallo
Aïssata Ouarma

The opening scene shows the anger: It’s about rape. The observing documentary by Aïssata Ouarma is more composed, though, focused on dealing with the trauma and the attempts to come to terms with it through art. The heavily pregnant Mariam attends a theatre education workshop. The camera follows her and her empathetic trainer in moments of mental and physical exertion designed to free her soul – and that of her unborn child – for good.

Borjana Gaković
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Family Ties
Redistribution and Having a Say
Migration
Kids DOK 2021
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The Summer Before Seventh Grade Kristen van Schie
On a hot June day, the two friends Ádel and Berci, both twelve years old, are lying on a meadow. It’s the summer holidays and they talk about everything that crosses their minds.
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The Summer Before Seventh Grade

The Summer Before Seventh Grade
Kristen van Schie
Kids DOK 2021
Documentary Film
South Africa,
Hungary
2020
9 minutes
Hungarian
subtitles: 
German Subtitles for deaf and hard-of-hearing

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Kristen van Schie
DocNomads
Kristen van Schie
Kristen van Schie
Eduardo Saraiva
Kristen van Schie

On a hot June day, the two friends Ádel and Berci are lying on a meadow, looking at the clouds. It’s the summer holidays and they are talking about everything that crosses their minds. Berci has a lot of imagination and is looking forward to the next school year. Ádel, on the other hand, is more anxious and worries. The clouds drift past, as fleeting as the summer.

Lina Dinkla
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Sense and Being
Small Worlds, Big People