Let exground filmfest take you to other worlds and cultures and share audience favourites from other festivals. 15 films from 19 countries, including five German premieres and numerous award winners. Old acquaintances and music are on hand in Abel Ferrara’s ALIVE IN FRANCE and LIBERATION DAY by Morten Traavik and Ugis Olte: cult director Ferrara, whose films have frequently been featured at exground, is on a concert tour of his adopted France with friends and family; and the cult band “Laibach”, who appeared in a documentary at the 2nd edition of exground on screen (as it was known back then), makes music history by performing in North Korea. With SEA SORROW, Academy Award winner Vanessa Redgrave makes her directorial debut at 80, advocating for the refugee cause in a very personal film. Palestinian Raed Andoni was honoured with the Berlinale’s first documentary film award for GHOST HUNTING, in which he processes his memories of imprisonment in an Israeli jail. The visually striking Austrian production THE THIRD OPTION deals with prenatal diagnostics and biopolitics. Two separate films attempt to shed light on the events of a single night: in DISAPPEARANCE from Iran, a couple searches for a doctor in Tehran, while a woman fights for her right to press rape charges in Tunisia’s BEAUTY AND THE DOGS. The Argentinian film WEEKEND and Chile’s award winning LOS PERROS both examine families and their secrets. Transgender issues and the right to self-determination are treated in Venezuela’s TAMARA and DIE BEAUTIFUL from The Philippines, who are also represented by PURGATORYO, where deals are done with corpses. In the musical drama AT YOUR DOORSTEP the Spanish economic crisis serves as a backdrop for singing and dancing. 120 BPM, which won three awards in Cannes, is a stirring portrait of the Act-Up movement in the fight against AIDS. And it’s alright to laugh a little too: in the French comedy CRASH TEST AGLAÉ a crash test team takes a madcap trip to its new workplace: India!