Marikas Missio

A Film by Michael Schmitt

Synopsis

In Germany you need the so-called ‘Missio Canonica’ to teach Catholic Religion in any public school. This legal teaching authorization is only granted by the Catholic Church itself to those who pledge to lead a life according to the moral ethics of the church. The document can easily be taken away again for certain violations of loyalty. For example: If you are openly gay. Therefore my sister-in-law Marika, who always wanted to teach Catholic Religion, has to keep the relationship with my sister Anke a secret. After 14 years of hiding she has to make a decision: Go on with her dream job while staying in the closet or marry my sister and finally come out at her workplace.

In this feature documentary the filmmaker gets a very personal insight in an issue that is long overdue: the ongoing coupling of church and state in Germany, a country that claims to be one of the leading guardians of human rights, but is it?

Director

  • Picture of Michael Schmitt © Michael Schmitt

    Michael Schmitt

    Michael Schmitt born 1983 in Adenau/Eifel. Studied Theatre and Film studies, Sociology and English Literature at the University Erlangen-Nuremberg and the University of Ghana in Accra as a DAAD scholar. Worked for Film and TV production companies and the German Cultural Centre in Accra. Film projects in Poland, Spain, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Canada, USA and Israel/Palestine. Studies Documentary Directing at the University for Television and Film Munich since 2009. Works as freelance director for feature documentaries and documentary TV formats with his own firm Man on Mars filmproduction.

Awards + Festivals

  • 22nd TWIST: SEATTLE QUEER FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Seattle, USA)October 12, 2017
  • 51st HOF INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Germany)October 24, 2017
  • 5th QUEER-STREIFEN FILMFESTIVAL REGENSBURG (Official Selection, Germany)November 2, 2017
  • 3rd SIFW - SIERRA INT'L FILM WEEKEND (Official Selection, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia)November 17, 2017
  • 9th FESTIVAL INT'L DE CINE GLBT - SANTO DOMINGO OUTFEST 2017 (Official Selection, Santo Domingo, República Dominicana)November 26, 2017
  • *BEST DOCUMENTARY*
    16th FILMZ - FESTIVAL DES DEUTSCHEN KINOS IN MAINZ (Documentary Competition, Germany)November 28, 2017
  • *2nd AWARD DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION*
    41st INTERNATIONALES FILMWOCHENENDE WÜRZBURG (Official Selection, Würzburg, Germany)January 25, 2018
  • 2nd RAPIDLION SOUTH AFRICAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Johannesburg, South Africa)March 3, 2018
  • 14th BFI FLARE: LONDON LGBT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, London, UK)March 21, 2018
  • 33rd LOVERS FILM FESTIVAL - TORINO LGBTQ! VISION (Official Selection, Italy)April 20, 2018
  • *NOMINATED - STUDIO HAMBURG TALENT AWARD*
    KYIV PRIDE WEEK 2018 (Pride Film Programme, Kyiv, Ukraine)June 8, 2018
  • 1st LEBANESE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Beirut, Lebanon)July 12, 2018

Crew

Writer
Michael Schmitt
Producer
Annika Blendl, Leonie Stade, Michael Schmitt
Director
Michael Schmitt
Director of Photography
Nikola Krivokuca, Johannes Obermaier
Sound
Viktoria So Hee Alz, Michael Schmitt
Editor
Filip Pampuch, Katja Hahn
Sound Design
Andreas Goldbrunner
Music
Paul Eisenach, Ryan Robinson

Details

Running Time
74 mins
Shooting Format
HD
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound
Stereo

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

aug&ohr medien
Markus Kaatsch
Riemannstraße 21
D-10961 Berlin, Germany
+49 30 61620068

markus@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

DIRECTOR

Michael Schmitt

michael.schmitt.mail@gmail.com
http://man-on-mars.de/marikas-missio-at/