#FollowMe

#FollowMe

Reporter Nicolas decides to set up his first Instagram account and accumulate as many followers as possible. Over time, he becomes more interested in the social network's inner workings and uncovers a well-oiled machine based on fraud.

A Northern Soul

A Northern Soul

After shooting his last film in Syria, famous British filmmaker Sean McAllister turned his attention to his home town of Hull to tell the story of someone who, despite living on the edge, believes there is a purpose to helping improve the lives of others.

A Punk Daydream

A Punk Daydream

In Indonesia, otherwise beset by a number of serious problems, part of the society is always ready to punish offences such as free thinking, tattoos or mohawks.

Accused #2: Walter Sisulu

Accused #2: Walter Sisulu

In 1964, Nelson Mandela stood before the court in Pretoria, South Africa. He was facing a death sentence for planning a coup d'état. But he was not alone. The second defendant was the now forgotten Walter Sisulu.

All Creatures Welcome

All Creatures Welcome

The Chaos Computer Club, or CCC – Europe’s largest association of hackers – organizes mass gatherings: wacky and universal, serious and current.

Amal

Amal

Five years in the life of a courageous young woman named Amal against the backdrop of the rapidly changing political environment in Egypt. What if someone wants the best for their country, but gradually discovers that the greatest battles are with those closest to them?

América

América

After an accident, América, aged 93, relies on the help of her 3 grandsons. Although she can barely move and is no longer quite with it, just her presence has a unifying effect on the whole family.

Anote

Anote's Ark

Anote Tong used to be the president of Kiribati. His ark is an island state with hundreds of thousands of inhabitants, but climate change and rising oceans are taking away his home.

Another Chance

Another Chance

The tale of a professional marriage fraudster and his last victim, who, even after the truth is known, continues their relationship and waits for him to return from prison.

Awavena

Awavena

The shamans of the Yawanawa, an Amazonian tribe, treat wounded bodies in conditions very similar to hallucination. The healers have always been men since time immemorial. But the resolute Hushahu decides that this must end.

Bachir in Wonderland

Bachir in Wonderland

Bashir is 10 and lives with his mother and siblings in a refugee camp in the middle of the Algerian desert. One day he gets a unique chance to go to Spain for the summer.

Before Father Gets Back

Before Father Gets Back

More and more Georgians are being radicalised and leaving to fight in Syria. Their children grow up in a fatherless environment. This is the world in which the film's two teenage protagonists, Eva and Iman, grow up.

Bellingcat – Truth in a Post-Truth World

Bellingcat – Truth in a Post-Truth World

Fake news. Alternative media. Troll farms. This is only one side of today’s information reality. There is a second one. Fact-checking. Civic journalism. Bellingcat.

Blindfold

Blindfold

A tied up and blindfolded Iranian journalist sits in a darkened room together with a beaten up colleague. More interrogation and torture await him. One wrong nod of the head can mean instant death.

Blowin

Blowin' Up

The purpose of the special Intervention court in New York’s Queens borough is to identify victims of human trafficking among accused prostitutes. The women are able to participate in consulting sessions in exchange for having the charges against them dropped.

Cartel Land

Cartel Land

A riveting look behind the scenes of the battle with drug cartels, who continue to have an enormous impact on life in Mexico as well as beyond its borders in the USA.

Central Bus Station

Central Bus Station

Tel Aviv's central bus station is one of the largest in the world. But the seven-storey concrete complex is straight out of a Kafka novel. People get lost here and the sixth floor is totally missing.

City of Ghosts

City of Ghosts

A raw portrayal of atrocities committed in Syria as viewed by Hamoud and Hassan, two civil journalists who, despite brutal repression, bring information about a heavily beleaguered city to the outside world.

Cold Case Hammarskjöld

Cold Case Hammarskjöld

The tragic death of UN General Secretary Dag Hammarskjöld in 1961 remains one of the greatest mysteries of the 20th century. Even today, there are many questions and conspiracy theories.

Come & Take it

Come & Take it

When the state of Texas permitted the carrying of firearms on university campuses, student Jessica Jin and her colleagues decided to protest with dildos in hand.

Dancing With Le Pen

Dancing With Le Pen

What has led French voters to support a far-right party? This film tracks the rise of the National Front led by the Le Pen family through the eyes of its voters.

Don’t Be a Dick About It

Don’t Be a Dick About It

A sibling odyssey set in American suburbia that captures the daily struggle for attention and constant goading, as well as tolerance of someone else's differences.

Dulce

Dulce

Little Dulce is afraid of water. But in a village on the Pacific coast, being able to swim is more important than anything else in her life.

Está Todo Bien

Está Todo Bien

Venezuela, formerly a prosperous South American country, has been in a deep crisis for several years. The collapse of the economy has led, among other things, to the collapse of the healthcare system.

Evelyn

Evelyn

14 years after Evelyn decided to commit suicide, those closest to him set out on a trek through the countryside. They want to finally break the silence and openly discuss the entire situation.

Everything Must Fall

Everything Must Fall

The student movement, which fought against high tuition fees at the University of Johannesburg, has grown into a nationwide protest against social inequality.

EXIT - Leaving Extremism Behind

EXIT - Leaving Extremism Behind

As a teenager, she longed for action and for a community that would accept her. When her expectations were not met by anarchists, she joined the neo-Nazis. But what finally caused her to leave extremism behind?

Facing the Dragon

Facing the Dragon

Journalist Shakila and politician Nilofar are battling for democracy and women’s rights in Afghanistan. A film about courage and finding a balance between love of one’s country and one’s family.

Far. The Story of a Journey around the World

Far. The Story of a Journey around the World

An auteur documentary by two young Germans shows the only real way to travel around the world. Three and a half years of adventure presented by two charismatic adventurers.

Flavours of Iraq

Flavours of Iraq

This animated series was based on 1,500 tweets sent into the world by Iraqi-French journalist Feurat Alani in the summer of 2016. The result is not only his biographical portrait, but a brief history of modern Iraq.

Genesis 2.0

Genesis 2.0

Summer has come to the New Siberian Islands, along with a group of hunters with it. They are looking for white gold – mammoth tusks. At the other end of that same reality, a mammoth game at playing God is just starting.

Girl on a Mission

Girl on a Mission

Miruna, a 12-year-old Romanian girl, has no doubts about her future. She certainly does not plan to get married anytime soon and have lots of kids, like many of the girls in her neighbourhood. Her ambition is to become a cop.

Gods of Molenbeek

Gods of Molenbeek

This is a lyrical film about the friendship of 3 children in the multicultural and multifaith Molenbeek quarter of Brussels, but which, after the terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels in 2016, gained a reputation as a hotbed of Islamic terrorism.

Good Neighbours

Good Neighbours

This sensitively made film follows two best friends with a lofty ambition: for the world to stop seeing social isolation and old age as inseparable companions.

Good News

Good News

Retiree Petr Černý is a familiar face. For 7 years he was the moderator for Czech Independent Television – a constant on the Czech disinformation media scene.

Grit

Grit

Dian was 6 when she heard a rumbling as a tsunami of mud hurtled towards her village. 7 years later, thousands still futilely seek reparation from a powerful mining company.

Hale County This Morning, This Evening

Hale County This Morning, This Evening

A visit to the American south offers a look at two young African-American men who are trying to live the best possible life permitted by their circumstances.

Hamada

Hamada

They want to live a completely ordinary life. But they were born in the refugee camps of Tindouf in the middle of the Sahara. Three young friends find themselves in absurd and dramatic situations.

Harbourboyz

Harbourboyz

Heijplaat is a workers' colony in the seaside district of Rotterdam. People of different nationalities and cultures have lived here side by side since the early 20th century, lured by the offer of work in the harbour.

Heart of Stone

Heart of Stone

When he was 12, Ghorban arrived in France from Afghanistan after an arduous 12,000 km journey, but for years his new life was not the one he dreamed of as a child.

Home Games

Home Games

Talented Ukrainian soccer player Alina divides her time between the playing field and caring for her siblings. This intimate portrait presents a strong young woman whose worst adversaries are not on the soccer field but in her personal life.

Hugo Blanco, Deep River

Hugo Blanco, Deep River

The “Peruvian Che Guevara” – thus was the man labeled who led Peruvian farmers in their battle against landowners in the 1960s.

Hungary 2018 - Behind the Scenes of Democracy

Hungary 2018 - Behind the Scenes of Democracy

A look at two very different pre-election campaigns in Hungary in 2018. The government side of Fidesz bet everything on one card: fear. What can opposition coalition representative Ferenc Gyurcsány offer?

China’s Forgotten Daughters

China’s Forgotten Daughters

China's notorious one-child policy may have been abandoned in its strictest form, but the consequences for the affected generations will last forever. Especially for the women who have been deprived of their families.

I

I'm New Here

Over the past decade a good many Congolese and other Africans have set out for China following dreams of riches and a better life, but only a very few of them have found the promised land in the Middle Empire.

iIsland

iIsland

Only a handful of people inhabit the Croatian island of Biševo. Life on the island is far from ideal and change is needed, but the locals do not agree with the plans of the town hall.

Illusion

Illusion

This film by Kateřina Turečková from FAMU, made in the form of a video game, points out the burning issues in today’s Hungary, all linked by 1 name: Viktor Orbán.

In Touch

In Touch

When 1/3 of the inhabitants of one Polish village move to Iceland, the community needs to find a long-distance communication method. The filmmakers present an unusual way of how film can reduce distance.

Inventing Tomorrow

Inventing Tomorrow

One of the hopes for remedying drastic environmental damage is technological innovation. In particular, young peoples' projects are gaining ever greater international attention and support.

Is Anna OK?

Is Anna OK?

Anna and Lauren are twins. Their lives had always been intimately connected, until the fateful night when on her way home Anna was hit by a car.

Island of the Hungry Ghosts

Island of the Hungry Ghosts

Australia’s Christmas Island – at the start of the 21st century the site of migrant detention centers, heavily criticized for their inhumanity and poor conditions.

Junha’s Planet

Junha’s Planet

Junha is a South Korean fourth grader whose problem behavior requires an understanding and helpful approach by his parents, teachers and schoolmates.

Laila At The Bridge

Laila At The Bridge

Afghanistan has a booming opium trade and it is very easy to fall victim to heroin addiction. Laila, an uncompromising woman and restaurateur doesn’t intend to accept this.

Last Exit to Kai Tak

Last Exit to Kai Tak

A failed revolution changed their lives. What is an activist’s life like without adrenalin and euphoria? Isn’t life ultimately harder than revolution?

Lost Warrior

Lost Warrior

His family lives in London, he in Mogadishu. In England, he would face trial, in Somalia death – for the same reason in both places: he deserted the Somalian Al-Shabaab terrorist organization.

Love and Empty Words

Love and Empty Words

Wanda was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s 5 years ago. Now she relies entirely on her husband. This intimate film shows the strength of love and how it endures even when faced with an incurable disease.

Love, Scott

Love, Scott

Scott became a victim of hate crime because of his sexual orientation. That night changed his life and gave rise to the “Don’t BE Afraid” movement which battles homophobia.

Maid in Hell

Maid in Hell

Slavery exists even in the 21st century. This investigative film presents the stories of several servants in the Near East and the practices of employment agencies.

Make Noise

Make Noise

For nearly 30 years they fought for their right to vote. The stories of the early 20th century suffragettes take on an entirely new form in this VR experience. To complete the successful movement, they need the audience to literally make noise.

Manic VR

Manic VR

Felicia and François have bipolar disorder. What takes place in their minds? How do they reflect their manic and depressive states?

Marielle and Monica

Marielle and Monica

When Brazilian activist Marielle Franco is murdered, her life partner, Monica Benicio, takes over her orphaned endeavor to keep Marielle’s battle alive.

Minding the Gap

Minding the Gap

This Oscar-nominated film starts out as a tribute to the relaxed life in a skate community but goes on to reveal the roots of the vicious circle of domestic violence.

Never Stop

Never Stop

Stories from the lives of Czech seniors who, despite their age and health condition, tirelessly find fulfilment in a variety of activities.

No Obvious Signs

No Obvious Signs

"Hell. Pure hell." This is how a female soldier in Ukraine who participated in the fighting in Donbas describes her experience from the front after returning home.

Novaya

Novaya

Is it even possible to engage in independent journalism in Russia? Yes, but those who do so must be prepared to pay a high price. A look behind the scenes of Novaya Gazeta, one of the largest independent newspapers in Russia.

Now Something Is Slowly Changing

Now Something Is Slowly Changing

Mental coaching methods and various mind training approaches are rapidly developing and can be used in almost any field. Both police and small children are taught self-control in this way.

Nowhere

Nowhere

What is the perception and experience of an unborn baby whose mother, along with other refugees, is headed by boat for Europe? An immersive virtual reality film that offers a whole new look at the refugee crisis.

On Her Shoulders

On Her Shoulders

Everyone knew about Nadia Murad, a Yazidi who received the Nobel Prize and European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for her battle against sexual violence during wartime. Only a few realized how difficult it is for her to reopen old wounds.

People

People's Republic of Desire

China is a paradise for streaming services. Millions of young Chinese host their own live performances on them, hoping that virtual fame will catapult them into a better world.

Privacy of Wounds

Privacy of Wounds

Is it possible to find authentic testimony about Syrian prisons? One way is in this experiment during which the director put 3 former prisoners into a staged cell.

Punk Voyage

Punk Voyage

The last hurrah of four distinctive Finnish punks. A picture of friendship, rock and roll, roadblocks and falls.

Putin

Putin's Witnesses

An auteur film by renowned documentary filmmaker Vitaly Mansky tells the unique story of how Vladimir Putin came to power 20 years ago.

Queen of Hearts

Queen of Hearts

This close-up portrait of Lizette Risgaard, the first woman to lead Danish trade unions, documents her difficult task as she tries to revive a failing organization’s original standing.

Real(e)state

Real(e)state

The board game Real(e)state, as played by some siblings at the Dejvice Railway Pub, is like a game of Russian roulette. The players experience for themselves how the housing market works in the real world and reveal the heartless reality in Czechia.

Reconstructing Utøya

Reconstructing Utøya

How can one reconstruct something so terrible? By means of an intimate theatrical experiment, several survivors attempt to depict the attack on the Norwegian summer camp in 2011.

Roll Red Roll

Roll Red Roll

Steubenville, Ohio found itself at the centre of attention in America in August 2012. The rape of a 16-year-old girl revealed that the roots of "rape culture" are deeply embedded in society.

Rone

Rone

A portrait of a street artist of the same name who creates giant portraits of women on the walls of abandoned and dilapidated buildings in Melbourne, whose beauty contrasts sharply with the gradual decomposition of their surroundings.

Sakawa

Sakawa

Three young people from Ghana have established an unconventional business: preying on naïve Americans and Europeans on online dating sites.

Sheep Hero

Sheep Hero

Stijn is one of the last Dutch herdsmen who manages his farm using traditional methods and he is doing everything possible to save his herd and his livelihood.

Silicone Soul

Silicone Soul

A look at people who live with silicone partners, friends or children – lives on the edge of reality and fantasy.

Skip and the Rhythm Rangers

Skip and the Rhythm Rangers

"Those who try to achieve exceptional things will make the most of their lives." For 14-year-old Skip, dance is everything. And despite the brutal bullying he faces because of his hobby, he wants to stay true to himself.

Survivors

Survivors

An epidemic that keeps returning. Last time it struck was in the West African state of Sierra Leone in 2014. A portrait of local humanitarian workers that captures the fight against the deadly Ebola virus.

Swatted

Swatted

Bored computer game players in the USA have a new form of entertainment. A strange game between online players and the police overflows into the real world.

Tackling Life

Tackling Life

“Not ashamed of being seen” is the motto that the Berlin Bruisers – the first German gay rugby team – live by in their daily lives and when playing sports as they destroy all stereotypes on the playing field.

Terminal 3

Terminal 3

What’s it like to be customs officer at an American airport and screen dozens of citizens from Muslim countries on a daily basis? This augmented reality documentary shows the harsh experience of individuals who are trying to enter the USA legally.

The Band

The Band

This documentary shot in an Eastern Slovak Roma settlement tracks a group of talented musicians who, despite difficult social conditions, try to get on stage at major music festivals.

The Border Fence

The Border Fence

Plans were made to build a fence at the Brenner Pass border crossing between Austria and Italy in order to tighten the process and control the number of arriving migrants. The locals, accustomed to the tranquility of the Alps, become witnesses to the changes that are shaking Europe.

The Call of the Wild

The Call of the Wild

The story of school-aged boys with problem behavior – from a hard going family, the possibility of institutional care hangs over their heads.

The Fight

The Fight

People with disabilities are viewed as second-class citizens in Bolivia. A peaceful protest by a group of wheelchair users turns into a battle when police use tear gas and water cannons against them.

The Good Death

The Good Death

Janette has an incurable disease, She know she can’t conquer death but she would like to be in control of how and when she dies. Now she is preparing for assisted suicide in Switzerland.

The Good Change: Poles Apart

The Good Change: Poles Apart

In recent years the political tension in Poland has been escalating unprecedentedly. This film presents the dramatic developments through the eyes of 2 women on opposite sides of the political barricade.

The Magic Life of V

The Magic Life of V

Veera lives between 2 worlds. She escapes from unpleasant reality to LARPing, where, wearing her golden hood, she tries to come to terms with childhood traumas.

The Monsoonshow

The Monsoonshow

Kunál Singh is an energetic and confident boy. He goes to school, enjoys watching movies from which he quotes his favourite lines, and knows all the world's capitals by heart.

The Ocean

The Ocean

Enthusiasts from a fishing village in Sierra Leone dream of starting a surf club, but the negative stance of the local community complicates their plans.

The Okamura Brothers

The Okamura Brothers

A populist politician, a devout Christian, and a successful architect – 3 brothers, each very different. The film offers a non-traditional view of one Czech-Japanese family.

The Raven and the Seagull

The Raven and the Seagull

History and present, facts and myths, authenticity and stylisation – the film presents the peculiar inhabitants of the largest island of the world in imaginative contrasts and with subtle humour.

The Real Thing

The Real Thing

One of the strangest trends in contemporary China is duplication: copying not only specific architectural monuments but also entire neighbourhoods. What's it like living in fake Venice or Paris?

The Remnants

The Remnants

Although they never declared war on Laos, the Americans dropped the most bombs in the history of armed conflict on this Asian country. This carefully crafted film shows how the country is coping with the sad remnants of the recent past.

The Siege

The Siege

A new film by Zuzana Piussi and Vít Janeček about how the inhabitants of the town of Kremnica in Slovakia opposed mining companies. Will their efforts achieve the desired goal?

The Time of Forests

The Time of Forests

Director François-Xavier Drouet heads to the French forests. Their surface area is growing, but their diversity is declining. What are the paths to a viable forest?

The Trade

The Trade

From Columbus, Ohio, to Guerrero, Mexico. Nothing can stop it. The drug epidemic ravages lives and communities on both sides of the border.

The Trial of Ratko Mladić

The Trial of Ratko Mladić

The trial of the chief perpetrator of the war crimes committed in Bosnia lasted five years. But proving his guilt of the genocide was much harder than it seemed.

Theatre of War

Theatre of War

The Falklands War lasted only 74 days but it left a mark on thousands of lives. Now 6 veterans from both sides have met in order to come to terms with the horrors of war that have never stopped haunting them.

To the Four Winds

To the Four Winds

French farmer Cédric has permitted hundreds of refugees traveling from Africa to Europe to stay in his humble dwelling. Despite the threat of imprisonment he acts in accordance with his conscience and faith in human dignity.

Ubiquity

Ubiquity

Hypersensitivity to electricity, the internet and microwave radiation. A problem hard to grasp for doctors but one affecting more people every day.

Unconditional Love

Unconditional Love

A young Polish gay man and his grandmother love each other, but do not understand each other. An intimate dialogue about freedom of choice and fulfilment of traditional duties.

Unsilenced Voices of Beslan

Unsilenced Voices of Beslan

The Beslan school siege by Chechen terrorists has gone down in modern Russian history as one of the worst tragedies of all time. While the official investigation claims only the terrorists are responsible for the victims, the survivors partly blame the Russian government.

Village of Swimming Cows

Village of Swimming Cows

What happens when three neo-hipsters from Berlin arrive at a farm in eastern Poland? This humorous documentary shows what transpires when poetic ideas come up against tough rural reality.

Voices of the Sea

Voices of the Sea

An ageing fisherman, Pita, lives with his young wife, Mariela, in a poor Cuban seaside village. His love for home and reconciliation with his own destiny comes up against Mariela's desire to provide a better future for her children.

Vote for Kibera

Vote for Kibera

The documentary, set in one of the largest African slums, shows that even behind walls made of corrugated sheet metal and clay there are people striving to change their world for the better.

Welcome to Sodom

Welcome to Sodom

Originally an African swamp, now a huge dump for European electronic waste and one of the world’s most toxic sites, Ghana’s Agbogbloshie continues to brim with activity.

What Walaa Wants

What Walaa Wants

Walaa grew up in Balata, a refugee camp in the West Bank, raised by relatives as her mother was in an Israeli prison. Walaa decides to battle against adverse fate in an unusual way: she wants to be a police officer.

When Lambs Become Lions

When Lambs Become Lions

“We hunt elephants, the park rangers hunt us.” This adventurous docu-thriller from the Kenyan bush looks at ivory trading through the eyes of both poachers and wildlife rangers.

Women with Gunpowder Earrings

Women with Gunpowder Earrings

Iraqi journalist Noor Al Helli reports on the war against Islamic State. She travels to the Iraq-Syria border with a clear idea of good and evil. This gradually disintegrates in the same way as her journalistic distance.

Yemen

Yemen's Skies of Terror

Since the beginning of the war in Yemen, which is now continuing for the fourth year, more than 10,000 people have been killed due to air strikes. The documentary presents the stories of three children whose lives have been marked by war.

Yield

Yield

For 5 years the filmmakers tracked 9 children in a remote Philippine village and recorded a harsh testimony about extreme poverty. Health issues, poor harvests and unpredictable weather all present life or death situations.

Zero Days VR

Zero Days VR

The Stuxnet virus, which invaded Iran's nuclear facilities in 2010, is generally considered the first major test of the new style of war. Are cyberattacks the greatest security threat today?