BY UISENMA BORCHU
Director: Uisenma Borchu
The young Munich-based film-maker Uisenma Borchu caused a stir in 2016 with her feature film debut “Schau mich nicht so an” (Don’t Look at Me That Way) which went on to win the Bavarian Film Award. Contrary to the scepticism of financial backers and film-funding bodies, this independent feminist film, whose aesthetic hones in on detail, won recognition. Unlike her feature film, Borchu’s first work for theatre, which will be staged at the Kammerspiele, focuses on her own life story. Here she turns to her East German past and looks at it from an adult, contemporary perspective. Her most important partner in this project is her father, a painter. She has asked him to paint a picture of their East German past for the production. How does he see his first years in Germany now that he is an old man? And how do her father’s views of the past and xenophobic violence differ from Borchu’s own memories? Can time or the past be retrieved? Can we release what is repressed by articulating it? And by doing this, can we get to the heart of the mystery of who we are?