German Docs

Subversive Voices of the German Documentary

In an iconoclastic mood, young German documentary filmmakers seek out people and stories that transcend geographical borders and address narratives of a global resonance. Their exquisite aesthetic approach is as powerful as their subject matters. From Germany and Russia to Uruguay and Ethiopia, German documentaries capture the subtle nuances of human reality. Katharine Hepburn, whose independent spirit, averse to Hollywood standards, inspired and continues to inspire to this day, meets Uruguay’s unconventional president, Pepe Mujica, whose lifestyle seems like an utopia to the contemporary western political scene. In this tribute, we also bid farewell to Oswald von Richthofen, who passed away much too soon, after completing his last documentary, 35 Cows and a Kalashnikov, a hymn to the beauties of the Dark Continent. Whether they denounce prejudice or the limits of freedom, reveal the shortcomings of authority, or feature stories of people who fight racism and exclusion, German documentaries constitute a unique kaleidoscope of human existence.

1.  35 Cows and a Kalashnikov / Oswald von Richthofen
2.  Katharine Hepburn – The Great Kate / Rieke Brendel, Andrew Davies, Germany
3.  Pepe Mujica – Lessons from the Flowerbed / Heidi Specogna, Germany
4.  Raiders / Alexander Gentelev, Germany-Israel
5.  Spirit Berlin / Kordula Hildebrandt
6.  The Forecaster / Marcus Vetter, Germany
7.  The Humanitarians / Maximilian Haslberger, Germany
8.  The Queen of Silence / Agnieszka Zwiefka, Germany-Poland