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This section shows the best documentaries of the current international scene. The films in this section compite for DocsBarcelona TV3 Award to the Best Documentary and the New Talent Award to the best film of debuting directors.

Machines (2016)

Rahul Jain India, Germany, Finland 71min. VOSCat, VOSEng
Hypnotic, labyrinthine and horrifying. Thousands of exhausted workers, long 12-hour days, and a huge textile factory in Surat, Northwest India. We observe, stunned, a dramatic reality which grabs us with its visual and sound exuberance.

Ukrainian Sheriffs (2015)

Roman Bondarchuk Ukraine 85min. VOSCat, VOSEng
In a small town in the south of Ukraine, an endearing pair of sheriffs fight local crime: a theft of two ducks, an anaconda where it shouldn’t be, and a lot of drunken arguments. A black comedy about a small community with the ghost of the war with Russia in the background.

The Wonderful Kingdom of Papa Alaev (2016)

Tal Barda, Noam Pinchas Israel, France 75min. VOSCat, VOSEng
Papa Alaev is the patriarch in a family of musical virtuosos from Tajikistan. Charismatic and funny, he has led the music band The Alaev Family with unbending discipline. At 81, he sees how the young ones in the family rebel against his rigidity. A Shakespearian drama with a vibrant soundtrack.

The Promise (2016)

Karin Steinberger, Marcus Vetter Germany 117min. VOSCat, VOSEng
The murders of Nancy and Dereck Haysom shocked the world in 1985. Their daughter Elizabeth Haysom, and Jens Soering, her boyfriend at the time, were found guilty in a trial broadcasted live on TV. A frenetic thriller with ingredients from the best crime drama.

Spaceship Earth (2016)

Kevin McMahon Canada 123min. VOSCat, VOSEng
A line by Marshal McLuhan gives us the clue to the title and the reading of the film: “On Spaceship Earth, there are no passengers, only crew members.” Between science and poetry, this is a fascinating journey through history about the effects of humans on Planet Earth.

Siberian Love (2016)

Olga Delane Germany 79min. VOSCat, VOSEng
After 20 years living in Berlin, filmmaker Olga Delane returns to her native village in Siberia. Going back to her roots means facing a conservative lifestyle where relationship roles are marked by strong traditional values. What does a woman need to have a full, happy life?

Mogadishu Soldier (2016)

Torstein Grude Norway, Demark, Finland 85min. VOSCat, VOSEng
The war of the terrorist group Al-Shabaab, affiliated to Al-Qaeda, against the Somalian government, has been going on for over 10 years. Through the harsh images filmed by two soldiers we discover the chaotic violence suffered by the two million people living in Mogadiscio, the country’s capital city.

Madame Saïdi (2016)

Bijan Anquetil, Paul Costes France 59min. VOSCat, VOSEng
Funny, eccentric, and straight as an arrow. The portrait of an unusual 70-year-old Iranian woman. Ms Saïdi is a well-known personality in Ali Abad, a popular district in south Teheran. At her age, to everyone’s surprise, she becomes a film star.

Life to Come (2016)

Claudio Capanna Belgium 75min. VOSCat, VOSEng
The life of premature twins Eden and Leandro is hanging from a thread. They’re only 28 weeks and they have come out of their mother’s womb. While we witness their fierce fight to survive, we are submerged into a universe of unknown sensations with an extraordinary sound treatment.

Los Niños (The Grown Ups) (2016)

Maite Alberdi Chile, The Netherlands, France 82min. VOSEsp, VOSEng
Anita, Rita, Ricardo, and Andrés attend the same school for Down syndrome kids... for the last 40 years. They are more than ready for adult life, but society doesn’t make it easy for them. A moving love story, and a tender and humorous portrait.