Best documentaries 2022: Our film highlights from DOK.fest Munich (also for streaming!)

You don’t even have to be in town to see the best documentaries at DOK.fest Munich 2022 – you can enjoy the films in the cinema or at home

With 124 films from 55 countries, the Munich International Documentary Film Festival (DOK.fest Munich for short) is Germany’s largest documentary film festival again this year. With the first dual form, the films of the 37th edition can be seen in Munich cinemas and other venues as well as on the digital screen at home.

The festival opened last Wednesday (May 4th, 2022) with the German premiere of a film that, given the current political events, could not be more appropriate: “Navalny”. The documentary by Daniel Roher accompanies the Russian opposition leader from the poison attack in August 2020 to his return and imprisonment the following year – and gives viewers a deep insight into the world of the activist.

With the hybrid format, festival directors Daniel Sponsel and Adele Kohout want to enable barrier-free access to DOK.fest: “Our festival focuses on socially relevant and artistically valuable films from all over the world. We curate them for an audience that is diverse in every sense and want to make them widely accessible.” While the festival in Munich runs until Saturday, May 14, 2022, many of the selected films can be streamed until May 22 (but some only while “online tickets” stocks last).

The festival is also of great importance for young and up-and-coming directors: the four well-funded competitions DOK.international, DOK.deutsch, DOK.horizonte and the Student Award as well as the events of the industry platform DOK.forum enable them to be recognized globally and to network with the established players in the industry. Among the many other series and prizes, the DOK.guest, which is dedicated to the film culture of a specific country, receives particular attention (this year the best documentaries from Spain will be shown).

Our highlights of the DOK.fest – we look forward to these documentaries

*All films are available online until 5/22/22 (or while stocks last). Single tickets (for cinema and online) cost 7.50 euros, a festival pass (access to all films) 75 euros.

“The Territory”

Neidinha Bandeira, an environmental activist, bathes in a river in the Amazon rainforest. (Credit: Alex Pritz/Amazon Land Documentary)Alex Pritz/Amazon Land Documentary