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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

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.

The Filmstiftung NRW funded documentary Rodicas, directed&produced by Alice Gruia, shot by Sanne Kurz, has its cast&crew premiere on 4th of June in Cologne, Germany. It’s definitely worth to meet the two Rodicas upfront on the film’s homepage. What a set of lovely Ladies they are!

Last spring I shot in Israel a trailer for Doing Nothing All Day, a documentary about democratic education. Now, the Bavarian film Funding Body fff announced their positive funding decision. Read all about the involvement of broadcaster BR in this project here or visit the homepage of the film here.

…come visit the Pinakothek der Moderne Munich, where Himmelfilm will screen in the exhibition Documentary Film in the 21st Century till 20.2.2011. Inspired by a song of British band The Orb Himmelfilm has been shot a few weeks after 9/11 in Israel. Having a large bag of collected sounds, universal memories of people such as Dick Ross, Marie Miyayama, Wim Wenders, Byambasuuren Davaa, Hussam Chaddat, Yossi Tzafrir, Mirna Brkanovic, Luigi Falorni and many others in our luggage, we tried hard reflecting on what skies were like when people were young. News blaring every single day news from Iran, Irak and Afghanistan, war in the air, gas-masks beeing handed out, “Der Himmel war ein Feind für mich” – as Mirna Brkanovic states in the movie.

Carrying a small baby of two months with us through the desert, Himmelfilm has been made by Jiska Rickels (dir) and Sanne Kurz (co-dir, cinematographer). Marion Neumann (1st AC) and Yuval Tzafrir (editor) helped in Israel, Gisela Castronari (editor) and creativepictures (prod) in Munich.

Himmelfilm has found its theatrical release in Benelux as supporting film with Wim Wenders Land of Plenty. It screened in Cannes and Rotterdam in 2005 and won in 2004 the Civis Intl. Media Award of the EBU.

To read more insights, see some images of first letters exchanged between the makers and the dungeon where the 35mm work-print rests in peace, check out my blog.

I was lucky enough to bump in to Vika Evdokimenko, who found me following a kind recommendation by Martin Blankemeyer Munich Filmwerkstatt. Vika is currently working on a character driven observational documentary about secular women, who find their way to a religious life at a later stage – often very unexpected.

Produced by Mosaic Films there was a small budget to follow our Ukraine born Munich based protagonist Marianna for a bit down the path in to her new life – an intensely enjoyable shoot and collaboration, hopefully to be seen soon on British TV prior to international release.

…I tend to take ups and downs in life with lots of humour…being so deeply immersed in to this lovely enclosed world for so long now, I found this one here today…




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