Jakob Krese, Danilo Do Carmo | Brazil, Germany, Mexico 2021 | 93 Min. | Spanish with Engl. subtitles

FRIDAY, 05.05. | 5pm
Votiv Kino, Gr. Saal | TICKETS

Austrian Premiere

In presence of Sophia Haid

© Jakob Krese, Danilo Do Carmo

In search of a better life, Lilian leaves Guatemala with her four minors and joins a caravan of thousands of people who try to reach the border between Mexico and the United States. Lilian regards this as her best chance to survive the dangerous journey. Compared to the threats in her homeland, the dangers involved in this route seem less severe.

For three months, the filmmakers accompany Lilian and her children on the 5,000-kilometer journey. In times of femicides and reactionary governments in Latin America, Lilian is driven by emancipation and hope as much as by her resistance to patriarchal power structures.

Director: Jakob Krese, Danilo Do Carmo
Camera: Arne Büttner, Danilo Do Carmo
Editing: Sofia Machado, Annika Mayer
Sound: Rubén Valdes
Production: Annika Mayer, Bruna Epiphanio, Majmun Films, Olhar Atravé

Film Website

Honorific Mention – Guanajuato International Film Festival
Honorary Mention DEFA award – DokLeipzig
Award for best cinematography (documentary) – Achtung Berlin
Best cinematography (documentary) – Deutscher Kamerapreis
Best sound (documentary) – ABCine Brazil
Honorable Mention – DocAviv

Guanajuato International Film Festival 2021 (World Premiere) – Mexican Competition // MEXICO
DocsMX (Nuestra América section) // MEXICO
DokLeipzig – Competition Audience Award// GERMANY
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – Newcomers Competition //GREECE
MiradasDocs // SPAIN
Stranger than Fiction // GERMANY
Achtung Berlin – Competition for best Documentary // GERMANY
Dokfest Munich – Best of Fest // GERMANY
Docs against gravity – Amnesty International Competition // POLAND
DocAviv – Beyond the Screen Competition – Honorable Mention // ISRAEL
Festival of Migrant Film // SLOVENIA


Jakob Krese
Jakob Krese grew up between former Yugoslavia and Germany. He studied Cinematography and Directing in Berlin, Havana and Sarajevo. Jakob has worked as director, producer and cinematographer of creative documentaries. His films have been shown at competition programs of numerous festivals, like IFFR Rotterdam, Palm Springs, Guanajuato, Busan and DOK-Leipzig. In 2019, he co-founded the independent production company Majmun Films based in Berlin.

Danilo Do Carmo
Danilo Do Carmo was born in the south of Brazil. He studied cinematography and editing at the University of São Paulo and at the Konrad Wolf film university in Berlin. He is the DoP of Bird Boy (2018) which was awarded the best pic­ture of the Curta Cinema Festival in Rio de Janeiro, by the young jury. La Espe­ra, his directorial debut together with Jakob Krese, premiered at IFFR in Rotterdam in 2020 and has been shown at numerous festivals around the world