DAS KURZE LEBEN DES JOSÉ ANTONIO GUTIERREZ
Germany, Switzerland 2006 – Director: Heidi Specogna – Original language: English, German, Spanish – Subtitles: German
From street kid to national hero: José Antonio Gutierrez was the first US soldier to die in the Iraq war. But he did not sacrifice himself for his country. As an orphan in warn-torn Guatemala, he set out on the arduous path towards the USA in the hope of a better future, where he was tempted into military service in exchange for a green card. Anja Klauck
Writer: Heidi Specogna und Erika Harzer. Camera: Rainer Hoffmann. Sound: Thomas Keller. Editing: Ursula Höf. Music: Hans Koch. Production: PS Film, TagTraum Filmprod. Köln, Specogna Filmprod. Berlin, ZDF/ARTE/TSR/TSI. Producer: Gerd Haag, Peter Spoerri, Heidi Specogna. Length: 90 min.
No youth rating
After studying journalism in Zurich, the Swiss filmmaker attended the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin and founded the production company Specogna Film in 1990. Since 2003 she has been a lecturer for documentary film at the Filmakademie Ludwigsburg. Her numerous awards include the Grimme Prizes in 2008 and 2018 and the Konrad Wolf Prize of the Academy of Arts, Berlin 2019.
In its Hommage 2022, the DOK.fest München is dedicated to the pioneer of Swiss documentary film, who focuses on the global south in a special way, and presents six of her films.
CAHIER AFRICAIN, DE/CH 2016, 119 min.
CARTE BLANCHE, DE/CH 2011, 91 min.
DAS KURZE LEBEN DES JOSÉ ANTONIO GUTIERREZ, DE/CH 2006, 94 min.
DAS SCHIFF DES TORJÄGERS, DE/CH 2010, 94 min.
DECKNAME ROSA, CH/DE 1993, 85 min.
PEPE MUJICA – DER PRÄSIDENT, DE/CH 2014, 96 min.
STAND UP MY BEAUTY, CH/DE 2021, 110 min.
TANIA – LA GUERRILLERA, CH/DE 1991, 90 min.
TUPAMAROS, DE/CH 1997, 93 min.
ZEIT DER ROTEN NELKEN, DE 2004, 98 min.
Homage Heidi Specogna
The view into the foreign life and the curiosity for the other perspective permeate the cinematic work of the award-winning Swiss director Heidi Specogna. In our homage, we present six films from four decades of her artistic work.