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The films in competition show the best documentaries of the current international scene. The Official Section gives the DocsBarcelona TV3 Award to the Best Documentary and the New Talent Award to the best film of newcomer directors.


21 x New York (2016)

Piotr Stasik Poland 71min. VOSCat, VOSEng
A dreamlike journey through the New York metro which captures the 21st century’s emotional spirit. We discover an extravagant mosaic of 21 characters in the New York underground and we emerge with them to the surface to learn about the dreams and failures that mark their lives.

A Good American (2015)

Friedrich Moser Austria 100min. VOSCat
Bill Binney developed a ground-breaking surveillance program to intercept electronic signals without invading people’s privacy. Three weeks before 9/11, the program got cancelled: it was too cheap. His system would have been able to prevent the terrorist attack.

A Syrian Love Story (2015)

Sean McAllister United Kingdom 76min. VOSCat, VOSEng
Amer and Raghda fell in love 20 years ago in prison. In 2009, Raghda is in prison again for political reasons and Amer looks after their 4 children. The repression of the Arab Spring in Syria hastens a story of exile that involves choosing between love, revolution, and family.

Al otro lado del muro (2017)

Pau Ortiz Spain, Mexico 68min. VOSEng
Ale and Rocío are two teenagers from Honduras who have emigrated illegally to Mexico and whose mother is unjustly sentenced to jail. The challenge of looking after their two young siblings is a maturity test. Despite their efforts, the wall that separates them from their mother creates a deep emotional conflict.

Angélica [una tragedia] (2016)

Manuel Fernández-Valdés Spain 83min. VOSEng
Angélica Liddell is preparing a new piece and Manuel Fernández-Valdés experiences the evolution of the rehearsals with unprecedented access. Liddel has achieved international success with her autobiographical theatre showing her most intimate pain. A visceral portrait about the hectic relationship between life and creative process.

Angry Inuk (2016)

Alethea Arnaquq-Baril Canada 85min. VOSCat, VOSEng
Seals are a symbol of the environmentalist struggle and they are also the main food for the Inuit, the indigenous people living in the Arctic tundra. Inuit filmmaker Alethea Arnaquq-Baril gives voice to her people so that they can defend themselves against the cultural prejudices surrounding their lifestyle.

Beyond the Fear (2014)

Herz Frank, Maria Kravchenko Israel, Latvia, Russia 80min. VOSCat, VOSEng
Director Herz Frank followed for 10 years the complex story of Larisa Tremblover. Married with 4 children, she got obsessed with Yigal Amir, the assassin of Israel’s Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Larisa fell in love while visiting him in prison, she decided to get a divorce and they ended up having a child together.

Blanca Oscuridad (2016)

Juan Elgeta Chile 79min. VOSEng
They went on a journey through the snowy Andes; they were young and inexperienced but they were in the Chilean army. A march of novice soldiers who had joined the ranks voluntarily, and which ended up tragically in Antuco. Many didn’t finish the march.

Bobbi Jene (2017)

Elvira Lind Denmark, Sweden 94min. VOSCat
After 10 years enjoying success and fame in Israel, the prestigious dancer Bobbi Jene, makes the difficult decision to return to the United States and work independently. At the age of 30, and madly in love with a young Israeli dancer, she will have to face the consequences of leaving her stability and comfort zone and fight for her art, which will become more personal and ground-breaking than ever.

Born in Deir Yassin (2017)

Neta Shoshani Israel, France 63min. VOSCat, VOSEng
The traumatic story of Deir Yassin, the Arab city conquered during a military massacre in 1948 and which led to the war between Israelis and Palestinians. The photos that are preserved are classified material. Currently, Deir Yassin is a psychiatric hospital owned by the Israeli government.

Brothers (2015)

Wojciech Staron Poland 68min. VOSCat, VOSEng
A tender story about two brothers in their eighties, a dreamer artist and a pragmatic scientist who share the last stages of their lives in their native Poland. Together they survived Stalin’s gulags. Two contrasting personalities, full of jokes and energy, who argue, fight and love each other.

Clase Valiente (2016)

Víctor Alonso Berbel Spain 75min. VOSEsp
Reality changes based on the words we use to define it. Research is carried out through the analysis of more than 20 experts, amongst them Owen Jones, George Lakoff, Íñigo Errejón, Christian Salmon, and Iñaki Gabilondo, on the impact of political language on the way we understand the world.

Democrats (2014)

Camilla Nielsson Denmark 100min. VOSEng, VOSCat
Two political rivals are asked to draw up the Zimbabwean constitution. A unique opportunity to end President Mugabe’s regime. Will they be able to build a constitutional democracy? A seemingly impossible challenge that will involve the whole country.

Depth Two (2016)

Ognjen Glavonić Serbia, France 80min. VOSEsp
In 2001, a huge communal grave was discovered in a suburb in Belgrade. The courageous investigation of Serbian filmmaker Ongjen Glavonić sheds some light on a silenced massacre. An experimental thriller about the atrocities of war, narrated by victims and executors.

Desde que bailas (2017)

Beatriz Osorno, Álvaro Torrelli Spain 71min. VOSEng
Nuri and Joan have been together since they were 15, a whole life of couple habits. At 56, Nuri discovers an intense passion for dance which triggers a radical transformation. The routine of the marriage crumbles. A deep and unusual dissection of the light and the darkness of the human condition.

Deux Cancres (Pair of Dunces) (2016)

Ludovic Vieuille France 59min. VOSCat, VOSEng
A father films his son’s daily struggle with homework. The ghost of school dropout oppresses the creative passion of a restless, imaginative boy. The endearing relationship between father and son, a real rollercoaster of emotions, reveals with a sense of humour the contradictions in the French education system.

Dolphin Man (2017)

Lefteris Charitos Greece, Canada, France, Japan 80min. VOSCat, VOSEng
How deep can you go on a single breath? Immerse yourself in the extraordinary story of diver Jacques Mayol, the first to reach 100 metres below the sea without artificial breathing. An immersing story, a sensory and transformative underwater experience.

El Espanto (2017)

Martin Benchimol, Pablo Aparo Argentina 66min. VOSEng
In a remote Argentinian village, home-made cures replace traditional medicine. Every ailment is treated by neighbours except -El Espanto-, a rare disease that affects women and can only be cured with the mysterious abilities of a peculiar old man from the outskirts of town, whom no husband wants to see visiting their wife…

El Silencio de los Fusiles (2017)

Natalia Orozco Colombia, France 120min. VOSEng
Two irreconcilable enemies sit at a table to dialogue. The peace process in Colombia told through unprecedented access to the main actors in the negotiations and exceptional archive material. Four years of tense meetings that culminate in a historic agreement after decades of violence.

En el Taller (2016)

Ana Salas Colombia 87min. VOSEng
A huge white circle under transformation. Filmmaker Ana Maria Salas portrays her father, Colombian painter Carlos Salas, while he works in his studio in Bogota. We discover the invisible doubts behind any art creation, and the influence of everyday banalities in the artist’s work.

Eugenio (2018)

Jordi Rovira, Xavier Baig Spain 93min. VOSEsp
Always dressed in black, serious, and with a whiskey in his hand: this is how Eugenio remains in the mind of several generations. But behind the man who always made others laugh, there’s another Eugenio, one outside the stage, without a stool or a microphone. What's behind the character that marked a before and after in the art of stand-up comedy in Spain?

Experimento Stuka (2018)

Pepe Andreu, Rafa Molés Spain 75min. VOSCat
In the heat of the Spanish Civil War, four towns in the region of Castellón woke up with bombing and 38 people lost their lives. 80 years later, the discovery of secret military archives reveals that the attack was part of a war experiment. The lethal success of the operation led to the mass construction of a weapon aimed to destroy Europe during the then unsuspected World War II.

Game Over (2015)

Alba Sotorra Spain, Germany 78min. VOSEng
A young man obsessed with war games becomes a soldier. But he finds real war boring and returns home to face a family war caused by the economic crisis. Only when he realizes real life is not like in the movies, will he be able to grow up.

Girasoles de Nicaragua (2017)

Florence Jaugey Nicaragua 80min. VOSEng
The Supreme Tribunal in Nicaragua, in an unprecedented decision has established that 18 sex workers act as judicial mediators to facilitate the resolution of conflicts in their profession. Their job is essential in a country with over 14,000 women working in the sex trade.

Good Things Await (2014)

Phie Ambo Denmark 95min. VOSEng, VOSCat
Niels Stockholm is a biodynamic farmer who believes that man and earth are fundamentally connected to the universe. He grows his food in harmony with the cosmos and supplies to the best restaurants in the world. At 79, Niels wonders if anyone will continue his work.

Grab and Run (2017)

Roser Corella Spain, Germany 85min. VOSEsp, VOSEng
In Kirgizstan, the tradition of kidnapping women and forcing them into marriage is threatened by the new generations, who report an abuse of human rights. In most cases, the kidnappers defend themselves by alluding to cultural motives. A shocking film about an incomprehensible reality.

Guerrilla Voices (2018)

Sjoerd van Grootheest Colombia 74min. VOSEng
Following the signing of the Peace Agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC-EP, more than 200 guerrillas enter a demobilization camp where the rebels prepare for a life without arms. Ex-combatants, marginalized by the government, are looking for a new path within a society marked by violence.

Hasta mañana, si Dios quiere (2017)

Ainara Vera Spain, Norway 62min. VOSEng
A joyful story about how seventeen women live in a convent of Franciscan octogenarian sisters. Their life is a beautiful succession of small daily tasks and talks. As they prepare to celebrate the centenary of one of their Sisters, and after a long life of spiritual adventure and dedication, the time has come to take stock. Will their lifestyle disappear when they are not here to talk about it?

Hayati (My Life) (2018)

Sofi Escudé, Liliana Torres Spain, France 84min. VOSCat, VOSEng
In 2015, a TV reporter tripped Ossamah Al Mohsen and his son in their desperate flight from Syria. The image went viral, becoming one of the most shameful icons of the conflict. The aggression allowed Ossamah to reach Madrid as a refugee along with his son and resume his profession. But the rest of his family, like so many other thousands of refugees, were not as fortunate.

Heredera del Viento (2017)

Gloria Carrión Fonseca Nicaragua 88min. VOSEng
Born during the Sandinista Revolution, the director Gloria Carrión grew up with parents who were involved with and fascinated by the myth of the revolution. After the fall of the revolutionary dream, they never spoke of it again. 36 years later, the silence of her family inspires the director to look for what she did not have...

In Loco Parentis (2016)

Neasa Ní Chianáin, David Rane Ireland, Spain 99min. VOSEsp
Latin, Maths, and rock & roll. We discover the magical world of Headfort, the only boarding school in Ireland for children aged 7 to 12. A fantasy adventure led by two eccentric teachers who have been transforming their students’ lives for 50 years.

Jonas and the Backyard Circus (2015)

Paula Gomes Brasil 83min. VOSCat, VOSEng
Jonas is 13 and dreams of keeping the circus he built in the backyard, alive. Born in a traveling circus, some years ago his family left the circus in search of a more stable future in the city. Will he keep fighting for his childhood dream as he enters adolescence?

La Calle de los Pianistas (2015)

Mariano Nante Argentina, Belgium 87min. VOSEsp
In a small street in Brussels there is an unusual concentration of piano players. To one side, the house of Martha Argerich, and to the other, the house of the Tiempo-Lechners. At just 14, Natasha Binder is the last great promise in a dynasty of genius pianists.

La Flor de la Vida (2017)

Claudia Abend, Adriana Loeff Uruguay 86min. VOSEng
After five decades of marriage, Aldo and Gabriella are going through a crisis and begin to wonder why they continue together. Their story, narrated with humour, distance and scepticism, tender and ironic all at once, along with that of other testimonies in their eighties, compels us to face the inevitable question: is love everlasting?

Last Days in Shibati (2017)

Hendrick Dusollier France 58min. OSVCat; OSVEng
The child Zhou Hong and Mr. Xue Lian have to leave the last historical district left in the big city of Chongqing, which will be destroyed to build a new neighbourhood. Forced to abandon what has been their home until then, the narrow streets of the Shibati district are testimonies of the most traditional and historical China, which is about to disappear.

Last Men in Aleppo (2017)

Feras Fayyad Denmark, Germany 104min. VOSCat, VOSEng
After 5 years of war in Syria, the last citizens of Aleppo prepare for the army’s siege. The daily and heroic struggle of volunteers from the NGO Syrian Civil Defence, known as White Helmets, shows the indescribable tragedy Syrian people are going through.

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