Reiss Aus – Zwei Menschen. Zwei Jahre. Ein Traum

A Film by Lena Wendt
and Ulrich Stirnat


Ulli and Lena want to leave everything behind them for six months. Their plan: driving from Hamburg to South Africa. But they will never get there. Instead, they are taking their old Land Rover Terés and the 40-year-old roof tent, a present from Ulli’s auntie, to a journey of nearly two years crisscrossing West Africa. The stakes are high: to find themselves, to feel oneself again. And not to come back before some fundamental change in their attitude towards life happened.
Going 46,000 kilometers, more than once around the world, through 14 West African countries the two experience a different adventure every day. Some of them hard to take.
A movie that takes you on a journey as beautiful and wearisome as it can be. A movie that will confuse you, make you happy, shock you and amaze you. That makes you feel alive and takes away your fear of living your dream whatever it may be. A movie that affects you with its fascination and love for Africa from a perspective you haven’t seen before. Pure, unsparing and big-hearted.


  • Picture of Lena Wendt © Lena Wendt

    Lena Wendt

    Lena Wendt was born in 1985 in Osterode. She is a journalist, photographer and filmmaker. Lena studied Journalism in Hanover. Every free minute she has, she runs away to Africa. So, she also used her practical study semester to work in South Africa, where she made her final graduation movie in the township of Khayelitsha. While studying she worked for RTL Nord, where she also volunteered after graduation. From 2011 to 2014 she worked for the NDR in Hamburg, lately on 45-minute travel documentaries. In autumn 2014 she went on a two-year journey through West Africa with her boyfriend, which she documented in her film "Reiss Aus".

  • Picture of Ulrich Stirnat © Ulrich Stirnat

    Ulrich Stirnat

    Ulrich Stirnat was born in Stade 1985. After school he studied Biomedical Engineering and worked as an engineer in Research & Development for about 3 years. In 2014 he quit his job and former life to go on a 6-months journey to South Africa with his girlfriend Lena that turned out a little different than thought. Today he’s living near Hamburg working together with Lena on his first film project “Reiss Aus”.

Awards + Festivals

  • 1st SOUTH EUROPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - FUSION ISFF (Official Selection, Valencia, Spain)February 16, 2019
  • BRAUNSCHWEIG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Special Screening, Braunschweig, Germany)March 10, 2019
  • 5th SANTA CRUZ INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Rio Gallegos, Argentina)April 19, 2019
  • 16th CLAM - CATALONIA SOCIAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Navarcles, Barcelona, Spain)May 2, 2019
  • 14th HOBOKEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Greenwood, NY, USA)May 17, 2019
  • 5th INT'L NATURE FILM FESTIVAL GÖDÖLLÖ (Official Selection, Budapest, Hungary)May 24, 2019
  • 2nd HONG KONG FILM ART INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Hong Kong)July 6, 2019
  • 4th REGINA INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Regina, Canada)August 13, 2019
  • 8th SLUM FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Nairobi, Kenya)August 23, 2019
  • MOUNTAINFILM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Graz, Austria)November 12, 2019
  • 21st MADURAI INT'L DOCUMENTARY AND SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Madurai, India)December 6, 2019



Lena Wendt, Ulrich Stirnat
Lena Wendt
Lena Wendt, Ulrich Stirnat
Director of Photography
Lena Wendt
Tobias Taskin, Matthias Plischke
Sebastian Bluhm
Sound Design
Simone Weber
Helge Dube


Running Time
120 min
Shooting Format
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
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