14th WATCH DOCS: competition complete


This year’s festival competition program includes thirteen outstanding documentaries, which will vie for the WATCH DOCS Award. The winners will be chosen by the international jury.

Rich HillPhoto. Rich Hill  
This year’s competition program features two films directed by the winners of previous editions of the festival, i.e. a compelling documentary Those Who Said No by the laureate of the last year’s WATCH DOCS Nima Sarvestani and one of the most warmly received documentaries at the Locarno IFF – The Shelter by Fernand Melgar, who won our 2011 festival with his film Special Flight. The festival competition includes a number of films awarded at prestigious international film festivals, which will vie for the main WATCH DOCS Award: National Diploma – a merciless yet witty investigation into an omnipresent corruption and powerlessness of government institutions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (awarded at the Cinéma du reel IDFF); Judgement in Hungary – one of the most successful Hungarian documentaries produced in recent years (awarded, among others, at the One World FF); as well as two documentaries awarded at the Sundance FF: Rich Hill which problematizes marginalized, rural communities in the U.S., in which keeping one’s head above the water is considered a success and E-Team – a portrait of four Human Rights Watch Emergency Team members. Two documentaries presented in the competition draw a shocking picture of the conflict in Syria. Return to Homs is a story about young revolutionaries from the Syrian city of Homs, which was turned into rubble by President al-Asad’s regime army and Silvered Water: Syria Self-Portrait by an outstanding Syrian documentary filmmaker Ossama Mohammed. Moreover, the competition program features films shot closer to Poland – a successful Russian documentary Blood  as well as Ukraine Is not a Brothel, which reveals the inside story of the famous group of Ukrainian feminist performers. The festival audience will also have a possibility to watch films produced in Asia and Latin America – Web Junkie about teenage Internet rehab centers in China and The Engineer about the only criminologist in El Salvador. This year’s WATCH DOCS competition program will also feature a Polish element, namely the Polish premiere of Solidarity According to Women by Marta Dzido and Piotr Śliwowski.