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Stefanie Brockhaus, Andreas Wolff: HUMAN 2018: The Poetess

: In The Poetess we get to follow the only female participant in the most popular talent show in the Middle East, who through her poetry shows an extraordinary courage in the face of gender segregation.

A painful catharsis

Sofia Haugan: HUMAN 2018: DAUGHTER (My heart belongs to daddy)

: Sofia Haugan will make an all-night documentary about her father who is a drug addict. But first she must find him. 

Inside the captive psyche

Jairus McLeary and Gethin Aldus: HUMAN 2018: The Work

: In California, there is a program that allows the imprisoned zone of peace of mind.

Their prosperity is based on our poverty

Julia Dahr: HUMAN 2018: Thank You For The Rain

: Kenyan Kisilu Musya goes from being a father and farmer in the global south to traveling the world as an activist in the global north in this documentary by Julia Dahr.

A jihadist family portrait

Talal Derki: HUMAN 2018: Of Fathers and Sons

: Talal Derki's new documentary provides a rare insight into how the sons of al-Nusra fighters in Syria's Idlib province are being raised to become the next generation of jihadists.

The generation that lost hope

Mohamed Siam: Charity

: Following his young protagonist for six years, the documentary Amal also draws a portrait of Egypt in a period marked by dramatic upheavals.

Modern slave

Bernadett Tuza-Ritter: A Woman Captured

: Slavery has not been abolished. Here is the story of a woman's slavery and the effect the filmmaker's presence has on her life. 

Looking beyond the borders

Simon Lereng Wilmont / Hogir Hirori and Shinwar Kamal: The Distant Barking of Dogs / The Deminer

: Danish The Distant Barking of Dogs depicts a ten-year-old boy growing up on the front lines in Ukraine, while Swedish The Deminer is about a deminer in IS-ravaged Iraq. 

When glimpses of humanity become grotesque

Håvard Bustnes: Golden Dawn Girls

: In this documentary we follow three of the women in the top leadership of the far-right Greek party Golden Dawn.

Development at a high price

Chris Kelly: A Cambodian Spring

: The government of Cambodia is tightening its grip on power more and more every day. The high-tension situation makes the documentary A Cambodian Spring all the more terrifying.

Believers' wills

Michael Glawogger, Monika Willi: Untitled

: The result of controversial and acclaimed Michael Glawogger's latest unfinished work has become a dazzlingly beautiful, smoky and bustling epic about the thrill of life.