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This section shows the best documentaries of the current international scene. The films in this section compite for DocsBarcelona TV3 Award to the Best Documentary and the New Talent Award to the best film of debuting directors.

What Walaa Wants (2018)

Christy Garland Canada, Denmark 86min. VOSCat, VOSEng
Walaa, a teenage girl raised in a refugee camp, decides to become one of the few female police officers of the Palestinian security forces. Resignation is not part of her vocabulary, but it is not easy for a girl to break all the rules.

Tiny Souls (2019)

Dina Naser Jordan, Qatar, France and Lebanon 85min. VOSCat, VOSEng
Little Marwa lives in a refugee camp since she fled Syria with her family. Dina Naser’s attentive eye follows the daily life of Marwa, a lively and open spirit who does not understand walls or bars. Going from childhood to adulthood will lead to new challenges to survive in an environment where, in spite of everything, life goes on.

The Ancient Woods (2017)

Mindaugas Survila Lithuania, Estonia, Germany 86min. Without dialogues
What happens when you observe a millennial forest for years? An incomparable film, without dialogues or voice over, which shows nature as we have never seen it before. The beauty of the images, along with exceptional sound work, immerses us in a state of intense meditation; time is undone, there is no information, only unfiltered emotion.

Soles Negros (2018)

Julien Elie Canada 154min. VOSCast, VOSEng
For too long, insecurity and fear have dominated Mexico. Victims and witnesses powerlessly observe the destruction of a country facing criminal impunity. In many regions, threats and terror make anyone a potential victim of a violence that seems endemic.

Putin’s Witnesses (2018)

Vitaly Mansky Latvia, Switzerland, Czech Republic 102min. VOSCat, VOSEng
On December 31st 1999, Russia was acquainted with its new and current president, Vladimir Putin. Through personal archive material and unique witnesses very close to one of today’s most controversial political leaders, Vitaly Mansky reveals the true causes and consequences of the Operation Successor, the political plot that put Putin in power.

Push (2019)

Fredrik Gertten Sweden, Canada 92min. VOSCat, VOSEng
Why can’t we afford to live in our own cities? The high cost of housing and global investment funds push people to poverty, stripping them of a fundamental right. Activist Leilani Farha’s determination to report this situation reveals the perversity behind speculation. It is time to recognize that this is not a natural and inevitable development. It can change.

Nijole (2018)

Sandro Bozzolo Lithuania, Italy 80min. VOSEsp, VOSEng
Art and politics, Lithuania and Latin America, irreverent mother and activist son. The one-of-a-kind trajectory of Antanas Mockus, a former candidate for the presidency of Colombia, would have been impossible without the visionary advice of his mother, the nonagenarian artist Nijole Sivicka. Together they embark on an intimate journey of mutual discovery and give us a vital lesson full of courage and vulnerability.

Los Reyes (2018)

Bettina Perut, Iván Osnovikoff Chile, Germmany 78min. VOSCast, VOSEng
Los Reyes is the oldest skate park in Santiago de Chile. But, the kings of this story are Chola and Fútbol, ​​two stray dogs that have made this place full of skateboards and teenagers, their home. Among noisy young people, they spend their days dozing and playing ball, oblivious and indifferent to the human drama around them.

In Search (2018)

Beryl Magoko Germmany 90min. VOSCat, VOSEng
At 10, director Beryl Magoko suffered female genital mutilation (FGM). She now knows reconstructive surgery is a possibility, but she’s not sure whether it will help her feel better. Talking to other victims and reviewing her past, she will try to understand what happened.

I had a dream (2018)

Claudia Tosi Italy, France 84min. VOSCat, VOSEng
Manuela, Parliament's Deputy and Daniela, activist, have spent the last ten years of their lives defending social causes, the feminist struggle, and questioning politics in their country, where the democratic system is becoming increasingly weaker. Both had the same dream: transforming Italy from the inside out.