Film Archive

Kids DOK 2020
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Arshan – Der kleine Sopran Nora Ehrmann, André Hörmann
Arshan is ten years old and dreams of becoming an opera singer. When rehearsals for an opera production start in his town, he anxiously goes to the casting.
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Arshan – Der kleine Sopran

Arshan – Der kleine Sopran
Nora Ehrmann, André Hörmann
Kids DOK 2020
Documentary Film
Germany
2019
25 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None

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Nora Ehrmann
André Hörmann
Heike Kunze
RBB Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg
Fridolin Schöpper
Mikki Willis
Vincent Assmann
Mathias Ludwig

Classical music is great, says ten-year-old Arshan. He lives with his family on a ranch in California, helps to feed the cows and does household chores. But he uses every spare minute to train his voice. Arshan’s big dream is to become an opera singer. When performers for an opera production are sought in town, he anxiously goes to the casting.

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Small Worlds, Big People
Family Ties
Kids DOK 2020
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Autumn Winds, Spring Winds and Two Doves Sadegh Javadi Nikjeh
A boy sets out on an arduous journey to his friend. A dove and a horse help him reach his destination. Based on an Iranian children’s book.
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Autumn Winds, Spring Winds and Two Doves

Badhaye paeezi, badhaye bahari va do kabootar
Sadegh Javadi Nikjeh
Kids DOK 2020
Animated Film
Iran
2020
8 minutes
without dialogue
subtitles: 
None

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Sadegh Javadi Nikjeh
Mohammadreza Karimisaremi

A poetic journey based on an Iranian children’s book. A boy and a girl are far apart and miss each other. He wants to go to her by ship, but the autumn storm upsets everything. The dove doesn’t wait until spring and helps the boy and girl find each other. The horse also tries to reunite the two.

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Poetry and Crossing Boundaries
Love/Without Love
Kids DOK 2020
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Bertha and the Wolfram Tijs Torfs
Bertha is determined to tame the wild wolves in her life. She counters her disease, which limits her in her daily life, with brushes, colour palettes and crayons.
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Bertha and the Wolfram

Bertha en de wolfram
Tijs Torfs
Kids DOK 2020
Documentary Film
Belgium
2020
15 minutes
Dutch
subtitles: 
German

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Tijs Torfs
Jurgen Buedts

Bertha loves to draw. She needs help in her daily life for she has a rare disease that impairs her vision. But Bertha refuses to be discouraged. She has organised an exhibition together with a well-known painter. The proceeds will go to research into her disease, the so-called Wolfram syndrome. Can Bertha tame the wild wolves in her life?

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Redistribution and Having a Say
Kids DOK 2020
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Dad Magnet Daphne van den Blink
When Kwinten’s Dad has to go on a naval mission for three months it’s hard. Kwinten plays in nature, counts the days and tries to get used to missing him.
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Dad Magnet

Papamagneet
Daphne van den Blink
Kids DOK 2020
Documentary Film
Belgium
2020
17 minutes
Dutch
subtitles: 
German

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Daphne van den Blink
Magalie Dierick
Emmy Oost
Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)
Jonathan Wannyn
Febe Simoens
Kwinten Van Laethem
Gedeon Depauw
Stijn Dickel

Kwinten is proud of his Dad who is the commander of a naval ship. But a new mission takes his Dad to sea again for three months. Kwinten waits for postcards and counts the days. His best friend now lives in another town, but fortunately comes to visit. Coping with missing his father isn’t easy for Kwinten. Seeing him again is all the more wonderful, though.

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Family Ties
Kids DOK 2020
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Der Besuch Alexandra Schatz
When a paper plane flutters into Elise’s home one day, she gets an unexpected visit from Emil. Now everything is different. And actually much nicer.
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Der Besuch

Der Besuch
Alexandra Schatz
Kids DOK 2020
Animated Film
Germany
2019
4 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None

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Alexandra Schatz
Alexandra Schatz
Wolfram Späth
Sonja Schneider
Tobias Becker
Sibylle Brunner

Elise is a timid woman. She’s even afraid of trees. When one day a paper plane sails through her window, she’s so agitated that she hardly sleeps a wink that night. The next morning Emil, a boy in a baseball cap, knocks on her door. He’s looking for his plane and also needs to go to the loo. Suddenly Elise’s life changes in a wonderful way.

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Small Worlds, Big People
Kids DOK 2020
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Der kleine Vogel und die Bienen Lena von Döhren
What’s this? The little bird wonders about its buzzing neighbour and stumbles after the bee across the meadows. But watch out, the fox is already lurking behind a tree!
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Der kleine Vogel und die Bienen

Der kleine Vogel und die Bienen
Lena von Döhren
Kids DOK 2020
Animated Film
Switzerland
2020
4 minutes
without dialogue
subtitles: 
None

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Lena von Döhren
Gerd Gockell
SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen
Georg Gruber
Lena von Döhren
Lena von Döhren
Fee Liechti
Martin Waespe

It’s spring and the little bird discovers the first leaves on his tree. Already the buds open and the bee comes buzzing. Curious, the little bird stumbles after it and almost overlooks the fox who is growling hungrily again. After the farting caterpillar last year, the bird can now be happy about a new companion.

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Witty
Kids DOK 2020
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Fien, Jip & Fien Marie De Hert, Ellen Pollard
Jip sends his crush many hearts via smartphone from his holidays. But what is that thing, love? Together with his sister he is looking for answers in this sun-drenched summer.
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Fien, Jip & Fien

Fien, Jip & Fien
Marie De Hert, Ellen Pollard
Kids DOK 2020
Documentary Film
Belgium
2020
15 minutes
Dutch
subtitles: 
German

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Marie De Hert
Ellen Pollard
Maarten Schmidt
Ellen Pollard

The siblings Fien and Jip are on summer holidays. They sit laughing in a pedal boat, sunbathe giggling on a meadow, and talk about a great unknown: love. For Jip is extremely busy sending his crush many hearts via smartphone. But who can provide information about this exciting feeling? Fien thinks: “Love is like ice cream with chocolate sprinkles on top.”

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Family Ties
Love/Without Love
Kids DOK 2020
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For Real Maria Claudia Blanco
Mady and Merouane live in the same neighbourhood and spend most of their time together. They are best friends. The stupid talk of the others won’t change this.
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For Real

Pour de vrai
Maria Claudia Blanco
Kids DOK 2020
Documentary Film
France
2020
21 minutes
French
subtitles: 
German

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Maria Claudia Blanco
Antoine Devulder
Juliana Brousse
Ondine Novaresse
Théo Cancelli
Danny Guttridge

Mady and Merouane are two eleven-year-olds who grow up as best friends in the north-east of Paris. They live right next door to each other and that’s more important to them than anything else. And anyway, they feel so at home in their neighbourhood that they can’t think of a more perfect place to practice adulthood. When some other boys turn up, their friendship is briefly put to the test …

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Small Worlds, Big People
Kids DOK 2020
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Hide and Seek Felix Golenko, Matthias Wölbing
What’s it like to live as a schoolkid in Germany? Especially when you had to flee here from another country? Three children talk about this, animated drawings provide the images.
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Hide and Seek

Verstecken und Fangen
Felix Golenko, Matthias Wölbing
Kids DOK 2020
Animated Film
Germany
2020
2 minutes
German

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Felix Golenko
Matthias Wölbing
Christine Duttlinger
Sigrid Gairing
Sarah Schulz
Michael Bötticher

Three children and their families have fled from crisis areas and found a new home in Germany. What are their wishes for the future, their dreams? The conversations with the three were turned into animated children’s drawings. We see a schoolkid’s life from their perspective.

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Small Worlds, Big People
Kids DOK 2020
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Just for the Record Vojin Vasović
The small recording device REC is startled by its own voice. Tirelessly REC tries to attract a bird to record its beautiful song.
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Just for the Record

Just for the Record
Vojin Vasović
Kids DOK 2020
Animated Film
Canada,
Serbia
2020
7 minutes
without dialogue
subtitles: 
None

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Vojin Vasović
Senka Radivojević
Vojin Vasović
Stevan Mitrović
Ivan Vasiljević
Georg Gruber
Canada Council for the Arts
Vojin Vasović
Vojin Vasović
Nikola Stepković
Mladen Nikolić
Marko Kovačević
Vladimir Kerkez
Dalibor Bekerević

The small recording device named REC lives all alone in an abandoned attic when a bird appears at the window. REC is really excited and wants to talk to it. But when the bird hears REC’s “voice” it flies away in terror. Now REC tries everything to record the bird’s beautiful song. Time is running out, because its battery will soon be exhausted.

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Witty
Kids DOK 2020
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Little Forest Paulina Muratore
For many years, Mizu takes care of a tree, cherishes it and grows up with it. When a big flood threatens her life, she takes refuge in its crown.
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Little Forest

Bosquecito
Paulina Muratore
Kids DOK 2020
Animated Film
Argentina
2020
8 minutes
without dialogue
subtitles: 
None

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Paulina Muratore
Facundo Corsini
Paulina Muratore
Agustín Touriño
Manuel Yeri Racig
Rodrigo Carazo

When Mizu discovers a small plant in the forest, she goes there every day to water it. The years pass by, the little seedling becomes a big tree, Mizu a big girl, and one day they are both grown-up. But then a big rain comes that seems to go on forever. When the forest is flooded, Mizu must save herself. She takes refuge in her tree.

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Intervening Nature
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
Kids DOK 2020
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Mein Bruder macht im Tonfilm die Geräusche Meike Fehre
Charlie explores the history of music with Grandpa Günter, the circus elephant. Today he meets Grandpa’s brother Karl-Heinz, who makes the strangest noises for the sound film.
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Mein Bruder macht im Tonfilm die Geräusche

Mein Bruder macht im Tonfilm die Geräusche
Meike Fehre
Kids DOK 2020
Animated Film
Germany
2019
4 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None

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Meike Fehre
Meike Fehre

Grandpa Günter is a retired circus elephant who takes his grandson Charlie on musical excursions. In this episode they are rudely woken because the usually quiet forest is suddenly full of noise. It’s Grandpa’s brother Karl-Heinz merrily setting up his forest cinema. Singing, Grandpa complains about the disturbance and explains what his brother is actually doing there.

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Family Ties
Witty
Kids DOK 2020
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Mishou Milen Vitanov
When a small dog is forgotten in the midst of the arctic desert, four snow hares take heart-warming care of him. But they don’t know very much about what a dog really needs.
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Mishou

Mishou
Milen Vitanov
Kids DOK 2020
Animated Film
Bulgaria,
Germany
2020
8 minutes
without dialogue
subtitles: 
None

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Milen Vitanov
Vesela Kazakova
Milen Vitanov
ZDF
Olaf Aue
Milen Vitanov
Vera Trajanova
Michał Krajczok
Leonard Petersen

Somewhere in the eternal ice. All around nothing but snow and pleasant silence. Until a helicopter lands to drop off a group of tourists. A few quick photos are taken and off they go. The uninvited guests leave behind a pile of rubbish – and a small dog who is suddenly quite lost. Four snow hares take heart-warming care of him.

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Intervening Nature
Kids DOK 2020
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My Family Is a Circus Nina Landau
Once again Romy must say goodbye to her school class. She travels with her family to the next performance, dreaming of her own circus tent, but also of a reunion.
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My Family Is a Circus

Circus zonder tent
Nina Landau
Kids DOK 2020
Documentary Film
Belgium
2020
15 minutes
Dutch
subtitles: 
English

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Nina Landau
Bram Crols
Mark Daems
Jamie MacLean
Kwinten Gernay
Johan Hoogewijs

Once again ten-year-old Romy must say goodbye to her school class to travel through Europe with her family. She pitches in at home because circus life makes children grow up quickly. This film lets us share in her everyday life and the passion for the grand performance. It talks about her longing for the familiar, but also the freedom of being on the road.

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Family Ties
Kids DOK 2020
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Seepferdchen Nele Dehnenkamp
Hanan thinks her little brother should know how to swim. When she came to Europe in a rubber dinghy she was terrified of water. Today she is a swimming instructor.
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Seepferdchen

Seepferdchen
Nele Dehnenkamp
Kids DOK 2020
Documentary Film
Germany
2020
16 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None

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Nele Dehnenkamp
Christine Duttlinger
Nele Dehnenkamp
Tobias Winkel
Sina Diehl
Jana Briesner
Johann Meis
Simon Droessler
David Holfelder
Paul Chriske

“Guess what we’re doing! We’re going to practice swimming.” Hanan accompanies her brother to classes in the public pool. The first swimming badge is called the Seahorse, their instructor explains, because it “stands” in the water and doesn’t drown. When Hanan’s family came to Europe in a rubber dinghy, she couldn’t swim. To forget this experience, she learned not to go under in the water – like a seahorse.

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Family Ties
State of the World
Small Worlds, Big People