DRUGS: What happens when you don’t just give the executers of state monopolized violence license to kill, but also a promise of impunity?
Experimental documentaries take centre stage at the 2019 Berlinale.
REFUGEES: Chinese artist and filmmaker Ai Weiwei follows up his documentary Human Flow with a reportage from the warzones that await refugees in Europe. The Rest is about the millions who came for shelter but found none.
SIERRA LEONE: Solomon Juxton-Smith is working in a supermarket in New York, resembling perhaps any middle-class American. But before this life he had another. He lived in Sierra Leone and his father was the ruler of the country.
NEUROSCIENCE: Major developments within neuroscience have led to incredible progress in treating illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease and severe depression. But what future lies ahead for the human mind when we start tampering with our brain and emotions?
MEDIA: Roger Ailes transformed America with Fox News. A born bully.
NORTH KOREA: Seven international artists travel to Pyongyang to participate in the hermit kingdom’s first arts symposium in a throughout provoking reminder how we are all products of cultural conditioning.
MEDIA: The Bellingcat group is on the frontline of an urgent counter-movement against the manufacture and dissemination of lies that are destabilising traditional journalism.
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: The most striking feature of this documentary is the contrast between the awkward shortcomings of the robot and the patience by which they are welcomed into their human coaches lives.
Miki Dezaki set out to understand why a network of powerful people find it so important to shut up the women who demand justice for the sexual labour they were coerced into during WWII.