India, Korea (Democratic Republic), Lithuania 2022 – Director: Siddhant Sarin, Debankon Solanky – Original language: Hindi, Urdu – Subtitles: English

Full of self-confidence, Rita walks the catwalk at Asian Designer Week. But she is by no means an ordinary model: her face bears the scars of an acid attack committed by a close relative. It is a trauma that she shares with many women in India. She and her comrade-in-arms Faraha oppose violence with a new, strong self-image. Anja Klauck

We present the German premiere of the film.


English/Original Title: MIRROR. German title: SPIEGEL. Camera: Siddhant Sarin, Debankon S. Solanky. Sound: Israel Banuelos. Editing: Nilanjan Bhattacharya. Music: Gintaras Sodeika. Production: Teh Films. Producer: Siddhant Sarin. Length: 70 min.

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Siddhant Sarin

The scholarship holder of the Docnomads Master's programme with a focus on documentary directing studied at FAMU – National Film School of Czech Republic. Afterwards, Sarin, who also earned a degree in constitutional law in Mumbai, took the cinematography course at DFFB. AYENA is his first feature length documentary film.


NAILED, 2015


Nominated for the VIKTOR DOK.horizonte

The films in the DOK.horizonte series, supported by ENGAGEMENT GLOBAL with funds from the BMZ, tell stories from countries in transition. They compete for the award VIKTOR DOK.horizonte, which is endowed with 5,000 euros. The award donor is the Petra-Kelly-Foundation.



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DOK.horizonte Competition – Cinema of Urgency 2022
  • Thursday
    Deutsches Theater Silbersaal
    Original with English subtitles, Q&A with Siddhant Sarin (dir.)
  • Monday
    Rio 2
    Original with English subtitles
  • Thursday
    Atelier 1
    Original with English subtitles