In this year’s Eastern Block, dokumentART looks to Russia, Georgia, Bulgaria and Poland. Using candid, mesmerising and dense images, “Natasha” and “Polish Women On Strike” are empowering films about self-aware, self-confident and self-assertive women, and gender minorities who stand up against prejudice and oppression. Plagued by a devastating economic downturn and worsening under-population, the post communist small Bulgarian town in “Altimir” is a representative symbol of disappearing villages haunted by the promises of both communism and capitalism. And “The Bird” is a comingof- age short about dealing with unattainable loss from a child’s point of view. In the second Eastern Block funded by Polnisches Institut Berlin, we see a sensitive coming-of-age drama in “Communion”, whereby a 14-year-old girl in provincial Poland not only manages the household but also helps her younger autistic brother to prepare for his Holy Communion.