Truth: Stranger than Fiction. Facts aren’t always facts, and “alternative facts” don't always lie. In a world where “truth” is carefully curated, filtered, and viewed through the lens of social media, often the only difference between truth and fiction lies in the perspective through which one views the world.
Documentary films offer a fascinating peephole into a particular reality, at a certain time of a certain person's life. Whether in the form of an expository, a poem, an essay, an observational piece, whether it's dramatized, animated, or based on interviews, documentary films all have a message to send.
How can we make a difference in the world? Documentary films are not just an avenue through which we can observe real life; they also serve to inform, educate, and critique. They are valuable creations in a day and age where media is increasingly curated and so much more homogenous.
That is why Doc.Berlin welcomes all of the above forms of documentary film-making, and even more so, those that transcend boundaries to move fluidly between one and more styles. Ours is an annual film festival featuring work from around the world by up and coming artists, showcasing innovative independent cinema with all selected films inviting viewers to learn and ponder.
To inspire, motivate, and award new talent, the Doc.Berlin film festival will take place at the historic Babylon Berlin Cinema. The Babylon is a cinema in the Mitte neighborhood of Berlin and part of a listed building complex at Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz opposite to the Volksbühne. The building was erected 1928/29 according to plans of architect Hans Poelzig, which is regarded as typical of its construction period, Neue Sachlichkeit. Join us at the Babylon on December 14-17 2020.
Doc.Berlin is part of Doc.World, a new global network of Documentary Film Festivals, with festivals in London, Berlin, Ghent and Boston. As a celebration of the cinematic and visual arts, these documentary festivals will bring diverse international films to our community and showcase the best regional and international filmmakers.
Doc.Berlin 2020 (Documentary Film Festival): Lumen, CA 2019, R: Sarah Seené, 2min, OmeU; Performer/Darsteller, DE 2018, R: Jannis Alexander Kiefer, 15 min, OmeU; Luca (M/W/D), DE 2019, R: Hannah Schwaiger und Ricarda Funnemann, 7min, OmeU; House Calls/Hausbesuche, DE 2018, R: Anne Münch, 88 min, OmeU,
Total length: 112 min
Doc.Berlin 2020 (Documentary Film Festival): American Express, DE 2019, R: Häly Heinecker, 7 min, OV; Pacific, LBN 2019, R: Angie Obeid, 23 min, OmeU; Forgive And Not To Forgive, HK 2019, R: Elysa Wendi, 6 min, OmeU; Neighbors, HR 2018, R: Tomislav Zaja, 74 min, OmeU, Total length: 110 min
Doc.Berlin 2020 (Documentary Film Festival): Kaxa Marca, PE 2019, R: Mariel Sosa, 4 min, OmeU; 9 Degrees, US 2019, R: Kalim Armstrong und Demetre Papapgeorgiou, 13 min, OV; Hotel Stadt Altona, DE 2019, R: Sophia Schachtner, 5 min, OmeU; Changing LA, US 2020, R: Andrea Fiorentini Del Río, 4 min, OmeU; Holy Land, CH 2020, R: Lea Bloch, 12 min, OmeU; Glassy Stares, TUR 2020, R: Ridvan Karaman, 26 min, OmeU; mySELFie, DE 2019, R: Anne Scheschonk, 51 min, OmeU
Doc.Berlin 2020 (Documentary Film Festival): Pandemia, HK 2019, R: Yiannis Biliris, 4 min, OmeU; Displacement, PL 2019, R: Jacek Jędrzejczak, 7 min, OmeU; Porta Chiusa, IT 2020, R: Michele Gallone und Christian Marsiglia, 20 min, OmeU; Neighbors/Nachbarn, DE 2019, R: Pary El-Qalqili und Christiane Schmidt, 25 min, OmeU; The Scroll Of The Prophet Isaiah, CA 2019, R: Jake Kovnat, 3 min, OmeU; Good Girls Don't Get Beaten, BLR 2019, R: Halina Adamovich, 52 min, OmeU