A strong film about family and identity and the question
of what if our path in life had taken a different turn somewhere.
A film about the difficult and disturbing search for one's own roots and identity - accompanied by the great uncertainty of what that does to you. (…) A timeless masterpiece that sensitively tells a universal story.
A film about the meeting of worlds that previously knew nothing about each other.
An adventure trip, a road movie, a melodrama, a legend with an open ending.
'Mein fremdes Land' deliberately avoids loud effects, explosiveness and the big fanal.
The film convinces above all with its quiet tones, precise observation and narrative immediacy.
jury statement Filmschau Baden-Württemberg
documentary film, 94 minutes
a DOKblick production, coproduced by SWR,
funded by MFG Filmförderung Baden-Württemberg
The fourth child of a herdswoman is born on the floor of a mud hut in a Bolivian mountain village. A few months later, little José arrives at the house of an adoptive family in Germany. José Noé Estrada becomes Manuel Phillip Sosnowski.
During his childhood, the boy doesn’t want to know anything about his origins. Pictures from his orphanage in Bolivia, he turns away. „In fact, we have never really talked about it“, Manuel remembers today. The only traces of his birth in a faraway country are now compiled in a folder with adoption papers written in bureaucratic language.
To make sense of his own story, at the age of thirty-one, the young man decides, for the first time in his life, to ask the questions he never dared to ask. Why did his mother give him away and who is this woman supposedly living in a place called Yawisla-Potosí? With the sparse information available, Manuel embarks on a journey full of uncertainties.
Internationale Hofer Filmtage 2021 | official selection | world premiere
Filmschau Baden-Württemberg 2021 | winner: best documentary
cinema distribution in Germany
by Arsenal Filmverleih
Berlin | Moviemento
Berlin | Bundesplatz Kino*
Aachen | Apollo
Freiburg | Friedrichsbau-Apollo
Heidelberg | Gloria
Heilbronn | Kinostar Arthaus
Karlsruhe | Schauburg
Bremen | Cinema Ostertor
Hannover | Kino am Raschplatz
Dresden | Zentralkino
Augsburg | Thalia
Ingolstadt | Union
Mössingen | Lichtspiele
München | Museum-Lichtspiele
Nürnberg | Casablanca
Stuttgart | EM
Tübingen | Arsenal
Ulm | Obscura
*Start on 07/03/2022
Hintere Grabenstr. 20
German television publishing rights held by SWR
to be announced
poster design: Studio Bewegtbildgrafik
written & directed by
motion- & titeldesign
editorial staff (SWR)
Lourdes Lora Flores
Johannes Preuss & Marius Brüning
Marvin H. Keil
Beppo & Robin Albrecht
Joachim A. Lang
Katharina Maria Kontny
Michael Meyns in Programmkino.de
Ralf Schenk in Filmdienst.de
Stefanie Borowsky in Indiekino.de
PRINT & WEB ARTICLES
Schwäbisches Tageblatt; 06/18/2022
by Sophie Holzäpfel
by Andreas Krieger
Página Siete, La Paz; 12/06/2021
by Luis Flores Vasquez
Stuttgarter Zeitung; 12/03/2021
Haus des Dokumentarfilms; 12/02/2021
by Stefanie Roloff
LIFT. Das Stuttgart Magazin; December, 12th 2021
by Janis Kuhnert
TV AND WEBVIDEO
author: Wolfram Hannemann
published on: 06/21/2022
Puzzle | Kulturmagazin des BR
author: Andreas Krieger
broadcasted on: 05/31/2022
Kulturmagazin Kunscht! Kultur im Südwesten – SWR
author: Jana Gührer
broadcasted on: 12/01/2021
Vollbild, Deutschlandfunk Kultur
Vom Glück einer Adoption – "Mein Fremdes Land"
hosted by: Patrick Wellinski
broadcasted on: 18/06/2022
jury statement Filmpreis 2021
award ceremony of the 27th Filmschau Baden-Württemberg