Official Section DocsBarcelona 2016

Official Section

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.


North (Bakur) (2015)

Çayan Demirel, Ertuğrul Mavioğlu Turkey 92min. VOSCat, VOSEng
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)

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.

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?

The Chechen Family (2015)

Martín Solá Argentina 60min. VOSEsp, VOSEng
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.

Samuel in the Clouds (2016)

Pieter Van Eecke Belgium, The Netherlands 70min. VOSEng
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)

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.

Sonita (2015)

Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami Iran / Germany / Switzerland 90min. VOSCat, VOSEng
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)

Marianna Economou Greece 77min. VOSCat, VOSEng
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)

Erik Gandini Sweden, Norway, Denmark 76min. VOSCat, VOSEng
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)

Matthias Bittner Germany 89min. VOSCat, VOSEng
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?


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