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Inspired by the diary of a Thai sex worker who works in Singapore’s “jungle brothel,” the documentary explores the lives of migrant workers through an observation of Southeast Asian landscapes and juxtaposition of visual forms.
For decades already, Madame Coda has looked after children by night while their mothers work the streets of Bobo-Dioulasso. Moumouni Sanou observes this unusual creche and the everyday lives of the women who make use of it with extraordinary sensitivity.
A widowed Manhattan socialite who has lived a life of luxury is shocked to discover that she is facing insolvency. She decides to escape to her friend’s empty Paris apartment with her son and their beloved cat.
Injured seals, oil-polluted sea-birds, a stranded whale. The documentary casts a poetic and painful gaze on animals and the struggle for their future. Haunting images reflect upon the conflicting relationship between humans and nature in the Anthropocene.
Twenty years after Gendernauts, Monika Treut seeks out the pioneers of the transgender movement back then to find out how their lives and their activism have evolved, how they have grown into their identities and how their energy continues to have an impact today.
Guilt and atonement in Iran. After her husband’s execution, Mina learns that the death penalty was unjustly imposed. She is offered compensation but she wants to meet with the judges responsible. Meanwhile, a new man, Reza, enters her life...
Two sex workers meet in a Berlin brothel. In a place where the female body is a commodity, they experience moments of happiness. A feisty love story about attraction, fears and self-determination.
An unexpected love triangle, a failed seduction trap and an encounter that results from a misunderstanding are the three episodes, told in three movements to depict three female characters and trace the trajectories between their choices and regrets.
ARTE Sommerkino Schloss Charlottenburg
13-year-old Guo dreams of breaking away from her loveless home. When she witnesses her friend drowning, she does not know what to do with her feelings of grief and guilt. A quiet portrait of a young girl defying the confines of her circumstances.
In a German city with a complex history of both excluding and integrating foreigners, a charismatic teacher provides his pupils, who all come from different countries originally, with the key to feeling at home in Germany and becoming citizens of the world.
Antonin is many things: a hedonist, a delinquent, a wannabe writer and filmmaker. His way with words is put to the test in his encounters with five women who not only rival his wit but also challenge, in caring or cruel ways, his effort to escape reality.
In the near future, a scientist accepts an offer to live with a humanoid robot designed to match her character and needs in order to evaluate his performance. A tragicomic tale that explores notions of love, longing and what makes someone human.
Freiluftkino Biesdorfer Parkbühne
What is the relationship between ‘I’ and ‘the others’, and what would change if you could define the rules of the game at will? David Schalko’s absurd satire explores these questions with razor-sharp dialogue and a delight in escalation. (3/6 episodes)
A frothy comedy about a honky-tonk performer who snags an affluent high-society New Yorker. Mae West is a lion-tamer with a thirst for love who makes a beeline for upward mobility, leaving a trail of criss-crossed men in her wake.
The dancers of the Komische Oper have a privilege denied to most citizens of the GDR: they can travel to the West. But before each guest performance, the question arises: should they abscond or return home?
Life in a Philadelphia commune: Marxism, cleaning rosters, the MOVE organisation, jazz, post-colonial theory, amusing anecdotes, Godard’s La chinoise. As the private intermeshes with the political, a crash course in the Black experience emerges.