Land der Kinder

Land der Kinder: an unscripted, no-budget movie


  • March 2012: TV-Screening on Austria 9, April 7th, 10:35 p.m.; re-runs on April 10th & 19th, 5:05 p.m.
  • February 2012: finished 20min version called "Land of Children"
  • December 16th, 2011: "Land der Kinder" aired on TBAE-Network, 9.p.m. EDT
  • November 2011: "Land der Kinder" wins Platinum Reel Award at the Nevada Film Festival, Las Vegas; Dec 2nd & 3rd 2011
  • November 2011: New York International Independent Film Festival will screen "Land der Kinder"
  • June 2011: We will be an official selection at the Independents' Film Festival in Tampa, Florida. Festival will be held in September 2011
  • May 28th 2011: "Land der Kinder" wins documentary award at the OOBA, Innsbruck, Austria
  • May 10th 2011: "Land der Kinder" will be screened at the Artsfest Filmfestival in Harrisburg, PA!
  • April 25th 2011: The american magazine "German World" writes about "Land der Kinder", cause it's screended at the Awareness Filmfestivals in Los Angeles, CA!


20min version "Land of children" - short film festival version, 2012

43min version "Land der Kinder" (engl: "country of young") - festival version, 2011


Uganda is a country of young people. 50% of the population is under 15 years.
Most of the parents die because of AIDS. That's why grandparents or the oldest child take care of the young ones. Families headed by children are very common in Uganda. The movie is an unscripted documentary that gives an authentic view of these children's lives.

Herman is 17 years old. Since his father died years ago, and his mother passed away two months ago, he is the head of the family. He takes care of his 5 and 7 year old siblings.
Lazarus is 67. He takes care of his brother's children. Harriet, HIV positive for more than 10 years, fights against the ignorance in the community and the social exclusion of the infected.

Stories like these make this movie a very unique experience. Stories about life and death, stories about people who suffer from their destiny, but also stories that take place in a beautiful landscape. These are stories about people who have kept their joie de vivre, maybe because they live their lives more.

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directed and edited by: Michael Zechmann

cinematography: Michael Zechmann (& Stefan Pleger in 43min version)

assistance: Alia Khreis

voice overs: Gennie Johnson, Christian Cummins

music: Max Mühlbacher, Lissie Rettenwander, Brass Band and choir of the St.Mary's School Zigoti

text: Johannes Schwamberger, Michael Zechmann

production: Michael Zechmann

Thanks to: Gabi Ziller, Stefan Pleger, Ceasar Lukango, Walter Thaler, Ulrich Huber, AIDS-Hilfe Tirol, Karen Hirsch, Anja Pearce, and many more!

Special thanks for NTSC DVD: brennweit medienproduktion

data: 43min / 20min, colour, PAL / NTSC, 16:9

The project was supported by / thanks to:

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