PROUD OF YOU
Germany, 2020, 29’
Script: Jens Schanze.
Director: Jens Schanze.
Cinematography: Boerres von Weiffenbach.
Producer: Judith Malek-Mahdavi.
Asude is 17. She lives in rural Lower Bavaria and studies for her high school diploma. Her real goal is to be kickbox champion, the number one. Her sisters are supporting her. When their parents left Turkey to look for employment in Germany, their grandparents, who were the first to search a better life far from home, had already retired and returned to Istanbul. Asude is quiet, not tall, wears glasses, and her team-mates are mostly male. Her first fight as a member of the German national kickboxing team will be at the European championships in Skopje, and of all people her opponent is from Turkey.
JENS SCHANZE was born in Bonn in 1971. In 1990, he embarked on a degree in Forestry at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and, in 1992, began working in television as an assistant director. In 1994, Schanze spent a year in Bolivia working on a project for Conservation International before he began his studies at the University of Television and Film in Munich in 1995. Through the production company Mascha Film, which he co-founded with Judith Malek-Mahdavi in 2002, he has directed numerous award-winning documentaries including WINTERKINDER (2005) and PLUG & PRAY (2010) and LA BUENA VIDA (2015). In 2014, he became a Professor of Film and Video Design.