2014 Munich DOK.fest

by Gregory van de Krol | created - 23 Apr 2014 | updated - 18 Apr 2015 | Public

Films of the 2014 Documentary Festival in Munich: DOK.international: all except "Gone Missing" DOK.panorama: all except "We were Rebels" DOK.horizonte: all except "Striplife" DOK.deutsch: all except "Die Wirklichkeit kommt" .................................."Göttliche Lage" .................................."Halbmondwahrheiten" .................................."Vom Ordnen der Dinge" .................................."Was bin ich wert?" DOK.ego: all except "Auf der Suche nach Heilern" ............................"Generation Waldsterben" DOK.special: all except "First Class Asylum" ................................."Jüdisch für Anfänger" ................................."Making of Heimat" ................................."Sounds Queer" ................................."Willkommen zu Hause" ................................."Zurück in den Süden" DOK.guest: all except "City of God - Ten Years After" ..............................."In the Shadow of the Copacabana"

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1. Wakker in een boze droom (2013)

114 min | Documentary, Family

Up close and without comment this film shows how breast cancer throws the lives of three women into turmoil. Sabrina, Vicky and Ingrid fight to uphold their dignity and womanhood despite ... See full summary »

Directors: Peter Lataster, Petra Lataster-Czisch

Votes: 7

2. Bevor der letzte Vorhang fällt (2014)

92 min | Documentary, Musical

The documentary "Before the Last Curtain Falls" tells the story of great love, bitter disappointments and self-doubts - but most of all of courage. The courage to take risks, try something ... See full summary »

Director: Thomas Wallner | Stars: Gerrit Becker, Richard Dierick, Vanessa Van Durme, Andrea De Laet

Votes: 43

3. Om våld (2014)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Drama, History

80 Metascore

The most daring moments in the struggle for liberation from colonial rule.

Director: Göran Olsson | Stars: Lauryn Hill, Kati Outinen, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Gaetano Pagano

Votes: 533

4. Everyday Rebellion (2013)

Not Rated | 118 min | Documentary

A documentary about modern and creative forms of non-violent protest and civil disobedience.

Directors: Arash T. Riahi, Arman T. Riahi | Stars: Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno, Srdja Popovic, Inna Shevchenko

Votes: 247

5. Flowers of Freedom (2014)

95 min | Documentary, Biography

Central Asia/Kyrgyzstan: When Erkingul and her friends meet for tea they talk about toxic cyanide, about bride kidnapping and where to buy the fattest sheep. The women of KAREK are mothers ... See full summary »

Director: Mirjam Leuze

6. My Name Is Salt (2013)

92 min | Documentary

Year after year, for an endless eight months, thousands of families move to a desert in India to extract salt from the burning earth. Every monsoon their salt fields are washed away, as the desert turns into sea.

Director: Farida Pacha

Votes: 93

7. Ne me quitte pas (2013)

107 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

60 Metascore

Set in a village on the edge of Belgium, Bob, Flemish, and Marcel, Walloon share their solitude, sense of humor and craving for alcohol.

Directors: Sabine Lubbe Bakker, Niels van Koevorden | Stars: Bob, Marcel

Votes: 285

8. Sleepless in New York (2014)

90 min | Documentary, Drama, Romance

Love is the best thing in life - until it's over. Heartbreak affects us all. Oscar-nominated director Christian Frei teams with famed anthropologist Helen Fisher to examine the power and resilience of love despite it all.

Director: Christian Frei | Stars: Helen Fisher, Michael Hariton, Rosey La Rouge, Alley Scott

Votes: 98

9. ThuleTuvalu (2014)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, News

When the ice melts in Thule, Tuvalu drowns in the ocean. A touching portrait of people whose joint fates are intimately linked though they live at two completely distant corners of the world.

Director: Matthias von Gunten | Stars: Rasmus Avike, Lars Jeremiassen, Patrick Malaki, Takuao Malaki

Votes: 87

10. See No Evil (2014)

75 min | Documentary

Documentary about three retired apes: a film star, a scientist and a cripple. They look back at their lives and the intriguing relationship between humans and apes. Who watches whom, and who learns from this?

Director: Jos de Putter | Stars: Cheeta, Nicole Henderson, Caleigh Le Grand, Glen Schultz

Votes: 49

11. 20,000 Days on Earth (2014)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary, Drama, Music

83 Metascore

Writer and musician Nick Cave marks his 20,000th day on the planet Earth.

Directors: Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard | Stars: Nick Cave, Susie Bick, Warren Ellis, Darian Leader

Votes: 9,587 | Gross: $0.28M

12. Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case (2013)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Drama

73 Metascore

A documentary reflects on artist Ai Weiwei's battle against the lawsuit thrust upon him by the Chinese government in an effort to silence him.

Director: Andreas Johnsen | Stars: Ai Weiwei, Andreas Johnsen, Lao Ai, Jerome A. Cohen

Votes: 264 | Gross: $0.04M

13. Anderson - Anatomie des Verrats (2014)

90 min | Documentary

Sascha Anderson, writer, pop and media star in the GDR. Depicts her double life as a radical dissident and a Stasi informer.

Director: Annekatrin Hendel | Stars: Sascha Anderson, Wilfriede Maaß, Ekkehard Maaß, Cornelia Schleime

Votes: 28

14. Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus (2013)

76 min | Documentary, Drama

Comprised of smuggled footage and uncensored interviews, DANGEROUS ACTS gives audiences a front row seat to a resistance movement as it unfolds both on the stage and in the streets. As the ... See full summary »

Director: Madeleine Sackler | Stars: Pavel Gorodnitski, Nikolai Khalezin, Natalia Koliada, Tatyana Mikhailovna Kaliada

Votes: 138

15. Ballettguttene (2014)

75 min | Documentary, Sport

Ballet Boys takes you through disappointments, victories, forging of friendship, first loves, doubt, faith, growing apart from each other, finding your own way and own ambitions, all mixed with the beautiful expression of ballet.

Director: Kenneth Elvebakk | Stars: Lukas Bjørneboe Brændsrød, Syvert Lorenz Garcia, Torgeir Lund

Votes: 194

16. Cathedrals of Culture (2014)

165 min | Documentary

Six directors tackle the question "If buildings could talk, what would they say about us?" by capturing iconic buildings with narration from the perspective of the buildings.

Directors: Karim Aïnouz, Michael Glawogger, Michael Madsen, Margreth Olin, Robert Redford, Wim Wenders | Stars: Meret Becker, Gennadi Vengerov, Benedicte C. Westin, Jonas Salk

Votes: 165

17. Mishpatei Hahaim (2013)

82 min | Documentary, Drama

An Arab man marries a Jewish woman and they live in quiet harmony within the Arab-Jewish community with their son and daughter. The family unit is broken when they discover that their Arab father is behind dozens of terror attacks.

Directors: Yaron Shani, Nurit Kedar

Votes: 19

18. Fuoristrada (2013)

68 min | Documentary, Biography, Family

Pino is a mechanic and a rally rides champion, who decides to become a woman, and names himself Beatrice. As a transgender, he meets Marianna, a nurse from Romenia who's taking care of ... See full summary »

Director: Elisa Amoruso | Stars: Marioara Dadiloveanu, Giuseppe Della Pelle

Votes: 53

19. The Great Museum (2014)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary

66 Metascore

An in-depth look at daily life at one of the most famous cultural institutions in the world, The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.

Director: Johannes Holzhausen | Stars: Arnout Balis, Christian Beaufort-Spontin, Marcello Farabegoli, Sylvia Ferino-Pagden

Votes: 322

20. Ma Na Sapna (2013)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary

Ma Na Sapna tells the story of several women in India, dreaming of a better future for themselves and for their families through surrogacy.

Director: Valerie Gudenus

Votes: 10

21. Mercedes Sosa: La voz de Latinoamérica (2013)

90 min | Documentary

50 Metascore

Almost fifty years ago, when she was very young and unknown, Mercedes Sosa broke the mould by drafting, together with other four young artists, the so-called "Manifesto del Nuevo Cancionero... See full summary »

Director: Rodrigo H. Vila | Stars: Chico Buarque, Elba Bustelo, David Byrne, Luz Casenave

Votes: 98 | Gross: $0.00M

22. Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me (2013)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Biography, History

How do people interpret Nelson Mandela's message of freedom, forgiveness and reconciliation in the world of today?

Director: Khalo Matabane | Stars: Khalo Matabane, Nelson Mandela, Greg Marinovich, Zubeida Jaffer

Votes: 36

23. Sieniawka (2013)

126 min | Drama

Sieniawka is a journey into the irrational subconscious of humanity.

Director: Marcin Malaszczak | Stars: Stanislaw Cheminski, Jerzy Szlosar, Stefan Szyszka, Franciszek Zajdel

Votes: 20

24. Song from the Forest (2013)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

70 Metascore

25 years ago, Louis Sarno, an American, heard a song on the radio and followed its melody into the Central Africa Jungle and stayed. He than recorded over 1000 hours of original BaAka music... See full summary »

Director: Michael Obert | Stars: Louis Sarno, Samedi Mathurin Bokombe, Jim Jarmusch, Albert Angende

Votes: 199

25. The Special Need (2013)

84 min | Documentary

Searching for the first time, the three friends Enea, Carlo and Alex are dfinding a whole lot more than they were looking for.

Director: Carlo Zoratti | Stars: Carlo Zoratti, Enea Gabino, Alex Nazzi

Votes: 228

26. The Armstrong Lie (2013)

R | 124 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

67 Metascore

A documentary chronicling sports legend Lance Armstrong's improbable rise and ultimate fall from grace.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Lance Armstrong, Reed Albergotti, Betsy Andreu, Frankie Andreu

Votes: 6,539 | Gross: $0.38M

27. Stop the Pounding Heart (2013)

98 min | Documentary, Drama

70 Metascore

Sara, a girl being home-schooled on a goat farm alongside her 11 siblings, finds her devout values challenged after she meets Colby, an amateur bull rider.

Director: Roberto Minervini | Stars: Sara Carlson, Colby Trichell, Tim Carlson, LeeAnne Carlson

Votes: 765

28. Anplagd (2013)

51 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

Vera, a private detective retired to the village where she grew up as shepherdess, and Pera, the know-it-all peasant of many esoteric skills, are the last remaining leaf-players - both in ... See full summary »

Director: Mladen Kovacevic

Votes: 19

29. The Unknown Known (2013)

PG-13 | 103 min | Documentary, Biography, History

69 Metascore

Former United States Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, discusses his career in Washington D.C. from his days as a congressman in the early 1960s to planning the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Donald Rumsfeld, Errol Morris

Votes: 3,392 | Gross: $0.28M

30. Zamatoví teroristi (2013)

87 min | Documentary

The Film maps the terrorist acts of individuals in the period of "normalisation" in Czechoslovakia. Their attempts, which often remained unrealized, were isolated heroic cries in the ... See full summary »

Directors: Péter Kerekes, Ivan Ostrochovský, Pavol Pekarcik

Votes: 73

31. Watermark (2013)

PG | 92 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

A documentary on how water shapes humanity.

Directors: Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky

Votes: 805 | Gross: $0.08M

32. Watermarks: Three Letters from China (2013)

80 min | Documentary, Drama

Based on three different places, the film portrays the infractions to which people living in modern day China are subjected due to rapid developments.

Director: Luc Schaedler

Votes: 28

33. Web Junkie (2013)

Not Rated | 74 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

67 Metascore

The Chinese government is the first to classify internet addiction as a clinical disorder. 'Web Junkie' identifies internet addiction and focuses on the treatment used in Chinese ... See full summary »

Directors: Hilla Medalia, Shosh Shlam | Star: Ran Tao

Votes: 553

34. Cantos (2013)

75 min | Documentary

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Director: Charlie Petersmann

Votes: 6

35. Champ of the Camp (2013)

75 min | Documentary, Music

A documentary filmed in the controversial labor camps of the United Arab Emirates. The film follows a massive Bollywood singing and trivia competition that searches across 70 labor camps ... See full summary »

Director: Mahmoud Kaabour

Votes: 27

36. Häätanssi (2012)

85 min | Documentary, Drama

A film about a Moroccan woman Hind who doesn't officially exist, because she was raped as a teenager, but who now is one particle of the greater political change sweeping across the Arab region.

Director: Mohamed El Aboudi | Stars: Hanan Ryahi, Bilal, Bouchra, Leila

Votes: 21

37. I, Afrikaner (2013)

93 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

Follows four generations of South African Boers as they grapple with their identity as white farmers in a post-Apartheid South Africa, where land ownership is highly contentious and ... See full summary »

Director: Annalet Steenkamp

Votes: 14

38. Light Fly, Fly High (2013)

80 min | Documentary, Drama, Sport

As a young Indian girl born outside caste, Thulasi is trying to box her way out of poverty, but the struggle for an independent life is hardest outside the ring.

Directors: Beathe Hofseth, Susann Østigaard

Votes: 67

40. Nowhere to Call Home: A Tibetan in Beijing (2014)

76 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

Following a chance encounter on the streets of Beijing, a destitute Tibetan widow tries to give her child to an American journalist, drawing the foreigner into a violent family feud.

Director: Jocelyn Ford

Votes: 14

41. Bayt al toot (2013)

75 min | Documentary

Sara returns to Yemen after several years. Arriving at the heart of an emerging revolution, she redefines her place in Yemeni society, as well as her relationship with her father and ... See full summary »

Director: Sara Ishaq

Votes: 18

42. Hams al moodun (2013)

62 min | Documentary

The filmmaker films from his window in three Middle Eastern cities (Ramallah, Bagdad and Erbil) : the ballet of men and machines also tells a story of resilience.

Director: Kasim Abid

Votes: 6

46. Neuland (2013)

93 min | Documentary

Young migrants from Afghanistan, Cameroon, Serbia and Venezuela attend a Swiss integration class where they learn a new language and prepare for employment.

Director: Anna Thommen | Stars: Nazlije Aliji, Andreas Schultheiss, Christian Zingg

Votes: 82

47. Nirgendland (2014)

75 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

Three Generations silenced by a gruesome family secret and a society refusing to see reality behind closed doors. No Lullaby tells the story of the life and death fight that a mother and her daughter must lead to break the silence.

Director: Helen Simon | Stars: Isabelle F., Tina R., Johanna T.

Votes: 11

48. Amma und Appa (2014)

Documentary

Two cultures collide through the marriage of a European woman and a Indian young man. Throughout travels and encounters between the diverse members of the two families, they discover the ... See full summary »

Directors: Franziska Schönenberger, Jayakrishnan Subramanian

Votes: 48

49. Asier ETA biok (2013)

94 min | Documentary, Biography, Family

Asier and I grew up in the Basque Country. One day he disappeared and I found out he had joined ETA. How could I explain the reasons that led Asier to make a decision, which even I had trouble grasping?

Directors: Aitor Merino, Amaia Merino | Stars: Asier Aranguren, Juan Diego Botto, Pilar Castro, Aitor Merino

Votes: 159

50. Belleville Baby (2013)

76 min | Documentary

Director Mia Engberg received a call from a man from the past, who tells her he spent several years in prison. She remembers Paris, a motorcycle, a cat, memories and things that got lost in the way.

Director: Mia Engberg | Star: Olivier Desautel

Votes: 241