FEATURE DOCUMENTARY

  • INNER WARS

    INNER WARS

    Since the pro-Russian separatist uprisings began in eastern Ukraine, hundreds of women have joined the armed struggle. Only a few have made it to the front, because female soldiers are still relegated to administrative posts. Three female soldiers report on their fight against the separatists and patriarchal society.

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES

    BEHIND THE HEADLINES

    In 2019, the renowned investigative editorial department of Süddeutsche Zeitung received a secret video, which made international headlines when it was published and plunged the Austrian government into a crisis. The film provides an intimate insight into the journalists’ highly sensitive work – from the moment they received the video to its publication.

  • POSTWAR ALBUM

    POSTWAR ALBUM

    In the 1990s, Spanish war photographer Gervasio Sánchez documented the lives of children in besieged Sarajevo. 25 years later he returns and confronts today’s adults with images from that time. What became of them? What was it like growing up after the war? An often overwhelming encounter with the past

  • LOST IN FACE

    LOST IN FACE

    Carlotta cannot see faces, not even her own. For her, human faces are no bastion of trust, but places of fear and confusion. Filmmaker and neuroscientist Valentin Riedl travels through Carlotta’s universe, full of anthropomorphic animals, lucid dreams and bumpy false paths. Her never-ending search for answers leads her to art—and thus an avenue to her own face and back to humanity.

  • THE ART OF LIVING IN DANGER

    THE ART OF LIVING IN DANGER

    This author-driven documentary starts with the personal story of Mina, the director of the film. She unveils a family secret by telling the story of her grandmother, a woman she never met who died under mysterious circumstances. Her personal story and other women who share their experiences shows how Iran’s patriarchal system instils fear in women in public spaces and in the home.

  • THE INVISIBLE GIRL

    THE INVISIBLE GIRL

    A 14-year old Moroccan girl, Fatima Osaadan, is tortured to death by the family she was working for as a housemaid. We enter the background of a cruel murder and give an insight into Moroccan society from two opposing perspectives: The archaic, penurious world from which the young servants come and the world of the urban social climbers.

  • TRANS – I GOT LIFE

    TRANS – I GOT LIFE

    We accompany one of the world’s most renowned transgender surgeons and his patients, each of them in a different stage of their gender reassignment. What makes people set off on this journey despite all the pain and unresolved questions? A film full of feeling that lets us experience the full spectrum and radicalness of this transition.

  • THE BRANCH I AM SITTING ON – A TAX HAVEN IN SWITZERLAND

    THE BRANCH I AM SITTING ON – A TAX HAVEN IN SWITZERLAND

    Prosperity on the one side, misery on the other: just how directly the two can be connected comes to light in Luzia Schmid’s film about the meteoric rise of her hometown of Zug upon becoming a tax haven.

  • LOST TRACES – A FAMILY HISTORY FROM THE HOLOCAUST

    LOST TRACES – A FAMILY HISTORY FROM THE HOLOCAUST

    The story of a rural Jewish family in Germany that was torn apart, its members forced into hard labour, deported and finally murdered. We trace the steps of their destruction, from mere harassment to crimes beyond comprehension. The film takes us to where the Holocaust unfolded: Auschwitz as well as Kaunas and Treblinka.

  • THE SECOND LIFE

    THE SECOND LIFE

    The distance between human and nature, which leads us to make catastrophic miscalculations in how we treat our environment, can be overcome with the help of preserved animal specimens. This is the conviction of the three taxidermists we accompany as they prepare for the European Taxidermy Championships.

  • ART COMES FROM THE BEAK THE WAY IT HAS GROWN

    ART COMES FROM THE BEAK THE WAY IT HAS GROWN

    At the Mosaik art studio in Berlin, artists with disabilities are absorbed in their work. Filmmaker Sabine Herpich observes the artists in the course of creation and directs her gaze at the institution itself: its processes, staff and spaces. The film succeeds in maintaining its focus on the art itself rather than the handicaps of its creators.

  • MUCHA – THE STORY OF AN ARTIST WHO CREATED A STYLE

    MUCHA – THE STORY OF AN ARTIST WHO CREATED A STYLE

    From the perspective of his son Jiří Mucha, the film tells the story of Czech artist Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939), one of the pioneers of the Art Nouveau movement. Featuring previously unpublished letters and diary entries, the film creates an intense and intimate atmosphere that takes audiences back to Mucha’s world.