*In alphabetical order
Waiting For The Sun（Denmark）
This is a Chinese documentary film made by a Danish documentary filmmaker. Sun Village in China is an orphanage for prisoners’ kids. There are around a hundred children there. Their parents either went to jails together or one of them was sentenced. And many of their parents were murderers, robberies and drug dealers. This group of kids are branded as criminals’ son or daughter and living in the shadow of their parents.
Su set up a ramshackle restaurant next to a construction site on 24th street in Hangzhou, but of course he neglected to obtain a permit. Unsurprisingly, the authorities send him and the other illegal dwellers away. Unfazed, Su and his girlfriend Qin find another place for their restaurant, only to be sent away again. Su then decides to go back home to the countryside, where his wife and children, along with Qin’s family, still live. After being away for 30 years, the couple isn't exactly welcomed back with open arms.
"My car is as flexi as it is sexy," 70-year-old Bogdan Rozycki boasts of his 51-year-old Wartburg. This car is the proud winner of the accolade "ugliest car in Poland." Bogdan has filled a pretty impressive trophy cabinet thanks to his horrendous old jalopy. The fact that it still has its original paint says plenty about the vehicle’s state of decay. There are three crucifixes hanging from the rear-view mirror, and before Bogdan drives the car onto the highway he crosses himself three times—in the hope of warding off death on the road. And perhaps all this display of Catholic piety has helped: Bogdan’s elderly mother Kazimiera is always in the car’s passenger seat, and has managed to reach the ripe old age of 94 despite the death trap on wheels. One of the many trips they make is a journey into the past. This witty, at times tender observation of the everyday life of a mother and her son is occasionally punctured by the shadow of the war that marked so many lives. Including Kazimiera’s: as a young woman, she was forced to work in a Nazi camp.
"The Night" is director Steffan Strandberg’s personal story about growing up with an alcoholic mother, until the night he and his little brother were rescued by their father. Through animation, live action and old super-8 footage, Steffan res the summer of 1980 as he remembered it as an 11 year-old. It was summer he learned to swim, the summer his mother was admitted to hospital, the summer his father bought a movie camera, the summer his favorite football team won the championship, the summer all the alcoholics in town held endless parties in their living room, the summer he no longer answered his mother when she said "I love you, Steffan".
No Man's Land（America）
In January 2016, armed protestors in Oregon occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to call attention to what they felt was an intrusion by the federal government into their right to make a living. In a larger sense, the “patriot community” introduced itself as disgruntled American citizens with grounds for airing their grievances against a federal government that didn’t have their best interests at heart. No Man's Land is an unbiased detailed account of the impasse, displaying unprecedented access to the protagonists, and culminating in a climax that resulted in the arrest and acquittal of occupation leaders Ammon and Ryan Bundy, and left another man dead.
Best Documentary Series
El Caso Asunta (Operación Nenúfar)（Spain）
Sunday, 22nd of September 2013. 01:40 am. In the outskirts of Santiago de Compostela, the dead body of Asunta Yong Fang Basterra Porto was found. Her parents, Rosario Porto and Alfonso Basterra, were the main suspects since the first moment. Rosario and Alfonso were taken to prison accused of their daughter’s murder. The guilt of them was decided in court, which took place in Santiago de Compostela, two years after. There were many problems to gather a citizen’s jury. Many candidates declined to participate declaring that they felt influenced by the mass media about the case. Caso Asunta (Operación Nenúfar) is a documentary mini-series that talks about the presumption of innocence, the condemnation by indications and the role of the mass media in people’s jury trials.
Blue Planet II（Britain）
This bold cinematic experience takes viewers on a magical adventure across the greatest, yet least known, parts of our planet – our oceans. Since Blue Planet aired in 2001, our understanding of life beneath the waves has completely changed. Travelling from the icy polar seas to the vibrant blues of the coral atolls, this series shares these astonishing new discoveries. Meet the strange octopuses lurking in the depths of the Antarctic Ocean. Watch giant trevally fish leap to catch birds in mid-air. And ride on the back of a hammerhead shark as it attacks. Inspiring awe and wonder, Blue Planet II reveals surprising new places, charismatic new characters and extraordinary new behaviours.
Los Visuales II（Argentina）
Audiovisual essay that submerges into the every day life of contemporary artists to accompany them in the experience of creation. Ana Gallardo, Delia Cancela, Guillermo Roux, Marcia Schvartz, Marcos López, Pedro Roth, Ruben Grau, Silvia Rivas and Yuyo Noe amongst others, share their vision of the world through their stories and actions.
This Is Life（China）
This Is Life, the story is focused on the obstetrics and gynecology of the Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University, which uses animated lens language to face the birth of life, through innumerable pregnant women to show the shock of alternating between life and death, the joy of meeting the new life. The story happened in the hospital spread to the countryside and the city, tell the birth of a life, how to affect the individual, family and social, how to reflect the mortal world of life and death by each different birth cases. Through the huge amount of story and the dramatic plot, showing a compassionate perspective and emotional temperature, ‘This Is Life’ constitute the miniature of Chinese social environment which is the most authentic, most vivid, most worried, the most warmth of China.
Children In Wenchuan（China）
The shoot of documentary Children In Wenchuan began from 12th of May 2008. For nine years, CCTV program Witness continued to record the growth of Qiang ethnic minority brothers Guangqiang and Guangcheng in Wenchuan county. Nowadays, the brothers haved entered into the university. They are trying to fit to the new city life. The two brothers have become more and more confident. And they are struggling for their dreams. Although the earthquake buried everything, their family members always have hope for for the future.