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Stadtbibliotheksvortragssaal. The word is so adorable long that its length alone should be a good reason to go and watch a movie there tonight. There, in the Stadtbibliotheksvortragssaal @Gasteig, Rosenheimerplatz, Munich.

Walaa! is screening there. Walaa! is a documentary film about an Israeli-Arab women-football player. She lives in the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel, she plays in Israel in the professional’s league, she used to be in the Israeli National Team and is now in the Palestinian National Team. She’s got an Israeli passport, is born and bred in Israel, never lived elsewhere but in Israel, has all her family there and will move there again after she finishes her studies in Jenin.
Checkpoints and borders dominate her life. But the real obstacles to overcome, are deep within the traditions of the Arab world.

Walaa! – Directed by: Noemi Schneider. Cinematography: Sanne Kurz.
@DOK.fest Munich one more time on

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Israel documentary film My German ChildrenMy German Children screens @the DOK.fest Munich on Tuesday, 14th of May, 17:00.

Very happy to announce that Rodicas, debut documentary feature by German director Alice Gruia took home the 1st price at SiciliAmbiente Documentary Film Festival last week.

Having premiered earlier this year at Berlinale, Rodicas was not only winning over the audience in a packed outdoor cinema, but also convincing the jury:

Rodicas by Alice Gruia (Germany) for the beauty of the characters, two young eighty year old women with a strength we’d like to have. For the cinematic narrative used to show two lives so intense and the delicacy used to deal important issues such as death, suffering and joy. A debut movie of great sensitivity.

Congratulations, Alice!

Griot, a music documentary film by Volker Goetze, took an even longer path, travelling via New York, where German born director and composer Goetze worked on completion of this emotional piece for many years. – A journey worth to travel, as the fruits of Goetze’s efforts could be harvested all along the way:

It was great fun shooting this film. So I was not surprised, that Volker got massively energized by the impact of the shoot and his deeply moving experiences in the ancient culture of Western Africa. Carried on by this energy, he kept performing on prestigious events such as the Munich International Opera Festival all through out post-production –  besides finishing his debut film, arranging and composing his own work.

Produces by WEITBLICK MEDIA, parts of the movie Griot inspired Volker Goetze to write a breathtaking multimedia symphony, which has successfully premiered in the studios of Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Cologne (WDR Köln) in 2011.

Griot will celebrate its world premiere this Autumn at the 28th Warsaw Film Festival, one of the 14 top listed A festivals on this planet. – Congrats from Europe!

Griot has been  made possible with the help of many people. Volker Goetze wants to thank amongst many others: WEITBLICK MEDIA, Sam Pollard, Victor Kanefsky, Leslie Mulkey a.k.a Holcomb Reed, Joshue Ott, Randy Weston, Ph.D. Mamadou Diouf and last not least the Griot, Ablaye Cissoko.

Official homepage of the musical documentary Griot.
Griot press material and Further Reading.
The duo of the griot Ablaye Cissoko and Volker Goetze on Facebook.
Youtube Channel of the maker of Griot Volker Goetze.
Homepage of head producer, writer and director Volker Goetze.
Facebook page of the trumpeter and composer Volker Goetze.

For further information, other festival appearances, soundtrack and world sales inquiries for Griot please contact the production company WEITBLICK MEDIA  via GRIOTMOVIE@GMAIL.COM.
 Photographs on this page by:  Youri Lenquette, Karl-Heinz Krauskopf.

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This is the trailer for the participatory and essayistic part of the documentary Doing Nothing All Day. It’s a documentary film about democratic education. I am shooting with Munich based artist, producer and director Margarete Hentze. On 3rd of May opens the 3rd exhibition we have for this ever growing super 8 project within Doing Nothing all Day – democraticArts.

It’s screening time. This spring, many of the films I shot in the last years, found their way in to cinemas and/or entered the festival circuit.

Girls Who Smoke has been selected for the United Nations’ Through Women’s Eyes  series at the Sarasota Film Festival, USA. Director Tawnya Foskett mailed me:

It was fabulous on every level.  Would go into more detail but our producer Laurie and I are fried as we had a 13 hr festival day today!  Tomorrow we are going to the beach!

Alice Gruia, director of Rodicas is touring with the Audi Festival of German Films through Australia. After having premiered at Berlinale 2012, this bittersweet documentary finds now its audience in cinemas. Alice Gruia and Leander Haußman, the two German directors traveling with the festival organized by the Goethe Institute, are having a ball. The next screening of Rodicas will be in Melbourne, 22nd of April, @18:00, Kino Cinemas, Collins Street. There’s a Q&A with Alice after the screening. A great interview about the film you can read here: “Best Secrets are Left Untold”

Tomorrow, Saturday the 21st of April, Cheryl Dunye‘s latest film Mommy is Coming will screen on the IFFF in Cologne. Since I’m nominated for the National Award for Women Cinematographers 2012 for Rüdiger Goerlitz’ nicht weit von mir, I am thrilled to be at the IFFF this year for two lovely occasions. Having been sold out four times at Berlinale 2012, Mommy is Coming is touring cinemas in Germany and worldwide currently. – It’ll screen in Munich @Werkstattkino opening the 26th of April. There’s a Q&A after the screening on Monday, the 30th of April. – For screening times near you, please visit the homepage of the film.

It’s kind of sentimental: I love being on set, shooting, telling a story, work with directors, cast&crew. But sometimes it’s oh so much fun when you’re simply hanging out in the cinema, plunge a bit deeper in to your seat in the dark and see the script unfold like  magic on screen. – Movies are amazing!

Here’s trailers of all four films I spoke about above:

Girls Who Smoke trailer

nicht weit von mir trailer

Mommy is Coming trailer
Vodpod videos no longer available.

Rodicas trailer

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