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 debuting directors.
A Good American (2015)
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.
North (Bakur) (2015)
For decades Turkey has silenced the armed conflict with the Kurds. For the first time we get access to the day-to-day of the Kurdish guerrilla in Turkish territory. The film opens a window into an unknown world, looking for answers without hiding its partial stance.
Beyond the Fear (2014)
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.
Call me Marianna (2015)
After 40 years living inside a man’s body, Marianna starts a new life. Her mother continues to call her “son”, her ex-wife doesn’t want to see her and her children reject her. Isolated from society, she’s still adamant to undergo an irreversible sex reassignment surgery.
Off-road. Mugaritz, feeling a way (2015)
La Fura dels Baus depicts the amazing human team working at Restaurant Mugaritz. The need to experiment beyond the boundaries of the senses, in a constant process of risk and reinvention, shows us a world of fantasy in the kitchen under the lead of Chef Andoni Luis Aduriz.
Daniel’s World (2014)
Daniel, a 25-year-old student, is the first member of the Czech paedophile community to speak openly about his illness. He has never abused a child and he’s considering undergoing chemical castration. A sensitive portrait of his daily struggle which brings us face to face with an uncomfortable reality.
The Room of Bones (2015)
A bold look at the social violence in El Salvador. The mothers who have lost their kids to youth gang wars look for their bodies in the Legal Medicine Institute, where corpses with no names or identifiable relatives pile up daily.
Esto es lo que hay (2015)
A portrait of the most popular Cuban rap band: Los Aldeanos. Their anti-establishment message is very successful amongst young people outside the Castro culture. The band’s evolution from Cuba’s underground scene takes them on a world tour that coincides with the regime opening up.
Freightened – The Real Price of Shipping (2016)
90% of the products consumed in the West are made abroad and arrive here by sea inside containers. This transoceanic investigation reveals the mechanisms of a highly secretive industry that holds the key to our economy, the environment and the model of our civilization.
Inside the Chinese Closet (2015)
An intimate portrait of Andy and Cherry’s struggle to fulfil their parents’ expectations in a Chinese society where homosexuality is not accepted. Andy needs to find a lesbian who will marry him, and Cherry, married to a homosexual, is facing great obstacles to adopt a child.
Jonas and the Backyard Circus (2015)
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?
Kandahar Journals (2015)
The story of photo-journalists Louie Palu at the front of the combat in Kandahar, south of Afghanistan. Through the diary he wrote between 2006 and 2010 we discover his psychological evolution amongst the harshness and tedium of an absurd war disconnected from reality.
The Chechen Family (2015)
Abubakar is 46 and takes part in the zkir, Chechen Sufi ritual dances. In each zkir he reaches a state of ecstasy to free himself from the torments that his people have suffered during years of occupation. A hypnotic cinematic experience which transmits the vibrancy of an oppressed territory.
Next Stop: Utopia (2015)
The Greek company Vio.Me declares bankruptcy and the factory workers decide to occupy the premises to manage it themselves. Self-management faces them with a radically new situation, which turns into a fascinating adventure filled with conflicts and discussions.
Shadow Girl (2016)
While editing her last film, filmmaker Maria Teresa Larraín starts to lose her sight. A compelling journey into the depths of blindness in an autobiographic narration full of courage and a sense of humour when facing a new life.
Samuel in the Clouds (2016)
Bolivian glaciers are melting. Samuel, former worker of a vanished ski resort in Chacaltaya, observes from a window on the roof of the world how the snow fades away. While scientists look for explanations, he invokes the spirits of the holy mountains.
A Syrian Love Story (2015)
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.
Sonita is a young woman from Afghanistan who has entered Iran undocumented. Her energetic spirit helps her fight for her dream of becoming a rap singer, although her mother wants to marry her for money. She’s even put a price on her: 9,000 dollars.
The Longest Run (2015)
Jasim and Alsaleh are two underage refugees from Syria and Iraq who cross the Greek border and end up arrested, accused of trafficking illegal immigrants. Through unprecedented access to the juvenile detention centre, we find out how mafias have forced them into trafficking immigrants.
The Swedish Theory of Love (2016)
The stereotype defines Sweden as a perfect society with a very high quality of life. But is it really a happy country? Filmmaker Erik Gandini explores the Swedish way of life, wondering if a society with a high economic wellbeing is equal to a happy society.
War of Lies (2014)
The frenetic story of Rafed Aljanabi, the Iraqi refugee who informed the main intelligence agencies about the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Was he able to fool the intelligence services or was it a convenient invention for everyone?