Seen from the outside, the “Cahier Africain” is a simple exercise book. Flipping it open you get an uneasy sense of its historic and judicial significance: over 300 victims of sexual abuse and martial violence at the hands of Congolese rebels in the Central African Republic bear witness here. A contemporary document that goes beyond the simple reporting of conflict. Barbara Off
Writer: Heidi Specogna. Camera: Johann Feind. Sound: Karsten Höfer (ZAR 2008) Thomas Lüdemann (ZAR 2009/10) Bernd von Bassewitz (ZAR 2011) Jule Cramer, (Den Haag 2012) Florian Hoffmann (ZAR 2013) Heidi Specogna (ZAR 2014) Andreas Turnwald (Tschad 2014). Editing: Kaya Inan. Music: Peter Scherer Christian Halten (Kinderchorlied). Production: PS Film GmbH. Producer: Peter Spoerri. Length: 119 min. International Sales: Rushlake Media GmbH. Distribution: déjà-vu Film.
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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, 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.