Reviews of documentaries (and some non-fiction films)

In the quest for love
(Silicone Soul)

Could you ever consider having a full-fledged relationship with a silicone doll? In Melody Gilbert’s thought-provoking documentary the relationship between humans and dolls is under exploration, and by watching it you‘re slowly entering into an exercise in human empathy.

Film about the power and vitality of art

What a joyful visit to a cemetery! From the very beginning of this film, I felt at home in the universe that Heddy Honigmann creates among the dead and the living

The number of dead in Congo is close to Holocaust
(When Elephants Fight)

Modern Times Documentary: Some 5.4 million dead. Hundreds of thousands of women raped, and millions forced out of their homes. These are just some of the consequences of the Congolese mineral conflict in the last ten or twenty years.

The slavery behind the enjoyment
(The Chocolate Case)

Even the most innocent items can hide a brutal reality.

Sheer animal survival instinct
(Lonely Pack)

This ethnographic-style documentary vividly observes the lifestruggle of a group of adolescents surviving on the busy streets of kathmandu. its characters are scruffy, underfed, boisterous, angry and ultimately tragic.

The history of socialism in 39 minutes
(Rabbits À La Berlin)

With Rabbits à la Berlin the Polish filmmakers have managed to create something as unusual as an innocent yet challenging fable about the masses of the old East Germany: a collective forced to adapt to the uneasiness of a free world.

Two films rely on the memories of their protagonists
(Tonia And Her Children | My house without me)

The two films that are bundled on DVD with this issue of DoX, are both meta-narratives about  the construction of stories, be they histories, memories or films.

Cinematic portrait painting of today’s China
(Chinese Portrait)

Award-winning film director Wang Xiaoshuai returns to his home country, capturing an eclectic portrait of modern China.

Restrained and harrowing
(Hissein Habré, A Chadian Tragedy)

Hissein Habré, A Chadian Tragedy is a strikingly restrained documentary about the little known abuse that took place under the rule of Chadian dictator Hissein Habrés.

Is a quiet, powerful story of two young women
(Belfast Girls)

Watching Belfast Girls, I felt like a Kalahari tribesman watching National Geographic «Hey, these guys have come to my country and they’re putting it on screen like it was something odd or exotic!».