A PORTRAIT ON THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS
Director: Benjamin Rost (Germany, South Africa 2020, Documentary)
A huge desert, behind it a deep, cold sea. A field of debris, torn open like a field. Beneath it, deep under the earth: the purest diamonds in the world. A group of young men begins to dig for the tiny stones with their bare hands. Day and night. A new diamond rush in South Africa. A poetic journey through the desert, the sand and the wind.
Director: Christopher Stöckle, Paolo Tamayo (Germany 2020, Documentary)
Germany gets a large part of its coal from Colombia. But there is blood on this coal. El Samario, a former paramilitary soldier, talks about the countless murders he committed on behalf of international coal suppliers.
Director: Stéphane Goël (Switzerland 2020, Documentary)
When Jacques Dubochet receives the Nobel Prize for Chemistry, his life changes. Out of the shadows into the light, he is suddenly contacted from all sides. What can he do with his voice, which is now heard by everyone? How should he, as a ‘noble citizen’, fulfill his responsibility as a researcher and human being? A speech by Greta Thunberg turns everything upside down.
DAS ZELIG / CAFÉ ZELIG
Director: Tanja Cummings (Germany 2020, Documentary)
Every week, last Holocaust survivors from all over Europe meet in Munich’s Café Zelig. There is much laughter, celebration and political argument, but also silence and mourning. Some of them, including their children, make their way back to their past, to their old Polish homeland, and they show us how difficult it was and is to find their way back into life – in Germany.
DIE GRAZER GRUPPE / THE GRAZER GROUP
Director: Markus Mörth (Austria 2020, Documentary)
A group of loners. Not a clique, but a loose bunch. United not so much by being a “group” as by the will to promote the knowledge of reality with poems, stories, dramas against a false sense of home. The documentary aims to present a chronological inventory of 60 years of Graz literature on the foundations of experimental art and socio-political commitment.