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Presenting the Films and Jury of the International Competitions and the section Camera Lucida

We are happy to present the films of our International Competitions! A total of 38 films from 31 countries are nominated. The competitions convene numerous new voices from the documentary field, but also works by well-known filmmakers, including Dima El-Horr, Murilo Salles and Diana El Jeiroudi.

For the cinephile audience, five films out of competition that challenge the conventions of cinema will be shown in the Camera Lucida section.

These are the topics of this year’s nominations:

Two films in the International Competitions are part of STEPS’ Generation Africa project, which create films with new narratives about migration – from the perspective of young people from Africa. The protagonist in Fati's Choice decides to return to Ghana after her successful escape to Italy, for which she’s criticized in her home country. In the short film Stay Up from Burkina Faso, a young woman uses dance in an attempt to overcome her traumas caused by multiple instances of sexual abuse.
among us women also tells of young women's self-assertion – in deciding whether to have a traditional or medical birth in rural, patriarchal Ethiopia.

Other works in the feature-length competition take curious looks at places and regions, reflect on territorial borders and colonial heritage, and deal with questions of identity.

Among the short films, themes such as utopia and dystopia, attempts to discover the truth, emotions that are hard to grasp or even the problematic nature of political systems resonate.

Who awards the Golden and Silver Dove?

The feature-length films in the International Competition are nominated for a Golden Dove and a Silver Dove for the best film by an up-and-coming director. The winning films will be selected by filmmaker, publicist and curator Grit Lemke, director and producer Anocha Suwichakornpong, producer Katarína Tomková, artist and musician Raed Yassin and Alex Szalat, head of Docs Up Funds.

The jury for the International Competition of Short Films is formed by film artist Izabela Plucińska, curator Marina Kožul and Gugi Gumilang, executive director of In-Docs. They will members will select the recipients of the Golden Dove Short Animated Film and the Golden Dove Short Documentary Film.

Read more in our press release and browse the film selection here.