DOK Leipzig 28 October – 3 November 2019
62nd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
DOK Leipzig Film Festival

mySELFie


mySELFie




CATALOGUE TEXT
When Maya is twelve she suddenly loses all her hair. Long blonde strands lie on the pillow, the sweater and in the shower. She is bald within two weeks. Maya suffers from alopecia areata, her body rejects her hair like foreign bodies. Two years later Maya has become used to her bald head. But the summer is brutal, far too hot for a wig or a cap under which she can hide so well. In summer she is naked and has some burning questions: Am I someone else without my hair? Am I okay the way I am? Am I beautiful? A member of a generation where the endlessly shared selfie is the standard, Maya works on her self-image like everybody else and compares it regularly with the (putative) external perception.

Director Anne Scheschonk follows her protagonist’s daily life, which is not much different from that of her contemporaries. School plays a minor role at best, what’s much more important are girl-friends, arguments with parents and the question when that cute guy is going to turn up at the bathing lake or party. Even if Maya will probably never have it easy: By now she knows fairly well what’s good for her and what isn’t – another consequence of the disease. And this makes her considerably more mature than many others … not just her own age.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann

/

/

/

/
Credits
Original Title: mySELFie Country: Germany Year: 2019 Language: German Subtitle: English Runtime: 50 min. Format: DCP Color: Colour Director: Anne Scheschonk Producer: Mike Brandin (in one media) Cinematographer: Markus Kloth Editor: Marc Böhlhoff Animation: Julius Dettmer Music: Konstantin Wolkenstein, Kai Luniak Sound: Florian Marquardt
Contacts


The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig 2019 catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.