Kurzfilmtournee 2020

My Own Kind

Germany 2019 • fiction • English • 15 mins.
Nomination in the category for fiction films up to 30 minutes
director, script: Mirjam Khera
camera: Jan Philip Ernsting
sound: Michael Holz
editor: Marie Fontanel
cast: Lilly Menke, Marisa Estelrich
Production: Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf

As a mother in a small town environment, Lilith is always exposed to the expectations of other people who leave no doubt that motherhood is something wonderful. But Lilith cannot change her feelings, a terrible event is inevitable. Silently, the young woman endures her fate, but at the same time, for the first time, she openly asks the question whether a mother must really love her child.

Jury statement:
One would prefer not to know and not to see it and the director does not show it - at least not as a feature film plot. It is about child neglect with death consequences by a young mother.
Pictures of the inner life of an empty house, filmed on film material, and the voice of a young woman. Then you see the woman in a red sweater talking to an older woman in a green jacket. Difficult family circumstances, an unwanted pregnancy and injuries bubble in the background of the words we hear.
Nothing is explained in this short, intense, touching, truthful and empathic film by director and author Mirjam Khera. The cinematic means are deliberately reduced and dramaturgically cleverly used. There are almost only fixed settings, no music. The feelings, the desperation, the anger, the powerlessness, all this arises in the mind of the viewer and that is good. It digs itself deep and leaves its traces for a long time.

Mirjam Khera

Mirjam Khera was born into an Indian-German family in 1992 and grew up bilingual. In her youth she wrote and performed in the youth club of the Bavarian State Theatre. After graduating from high school, she moved to New York, where she completed two years of acting training at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. During this time she worked at the School of Visual Arts and also took writing and acting courses. Her play ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE won the StrasbergWorks competition and was performed in 2011. In 2014 she moved back to Germany, where she worked for theatre director Janne Nora Kummer, among others, as assistant director on television and wrote a short film for director Burhan Qurbani, which was made into a film in 2017. Since 2015 she has been studying screenplay & dramaturgy at the Film University Babelsberg.