Shedding light on what otherwise remains unspeakable. Specogna accompanies the International Criminal Court investigators in The Hague as they work on the trial against the Congolese militia leader Jean-Pierre Bemba, who is being called to account for the systematic rape and pillaging carried out by his troops in Central Africa in 2002/3. Helga-Mari Steininger
Writer: Heidi Specogna. Camera: Johann Feindt/Thomas Keller. Sound: Thomas Lüdemann, Bernd von Bassewitz, Dieter Meyer. Editing: Anne Fabini. Production: PS Film / Specogna Film, WDR/ARTE/SF/SRG SSR idée suisse. Producer: Peter Spoerri. Length: 91 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, 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.