In the realm of documentary film, the relationship between humankind and nature may seem like a worn-out trope. Alas, the filmmakers featured in this program prove otherwise: searching for untapped potential and highly personal forms of expression to re-examine this classic dynamic, they probe documentary storytelling itself, by exploring the forms it can take, and manage to find ways to capture the radically new living conditions of the Anthropocene in sound and images. How does film speak about the world when humanity itself has become the determining force of nature?
Evgenia Arbugaeva / Maxim Arbugaev / Maxim Chakilev // United Kingdom, Russia // 2022 // 25:00 min
For the tenth year in a row, a marine biologist goes to a small wooden hut in the middle of the vastness of the Russian Arctic to observe a recurring natural spectacle. However, global warming causes him to make alarming observations.
Dejan Petrović // Serbia // 2021 // 19:21 min
The Penal Correctional Facility is one of three prisons in Europe that has incorporated dog training into efforts to rehabilitate inmates. This parallel look at man and dog reflects on the relativity behind any authority that secures our obedience by meting out punishments and rewards.
Susann Maria Hempel // Germany // 2022 // 11:05 min
Archives are handy when it comes to reconstructing human history, but trash is often equally helpful. Here, more precisely, we examine the contents of animal stomachs. Sadly, turtles can't tell the difference between plastic bags and jellyfish.