„It is great to have a strong attitude but you need to have a strong environment too and that is why I need to connect to other filmmakers to exchange our thoughts and beliefs and hopefully to listen to each other, to work together. That is the first point of realizing a film.“
Uisenma Borchu is a strong-willed young filmmaker whose debut feature DON’T LOOK AT ME THAT WAY received lots of praise and many awards, among them the Bavarian Film Award in 2015 – which is funny because the Bavarian Film Fond had declined funding to the project and did not believe in the script and the actors. Nonetheless, Uisenma went on realizing her film – she wrote, directed, edited, and played the lead role! And it paid off. Her philosophy: „I want to make films the way I believe it is needed and I am so passionate about filmmaking that I won’t deform or modify myself just to get money for my films. One of the hardest things in this business is to stay true to yourself.“
Uisenma studied documentary and journalism at the University of Television and Film Munich. She graduated in 2015 with DON’T LOOK AT ME THAT WAY. During her studies, she made a couple of documentaries: LWANGA, set in Cape Town, for ARTE and KHUYAGAA, about a nomad boy, for KIKA. A very touching documentary is HIMMEL VOLLER GEIGEN: Uisenma spent some days with a wonderful elderly violin teacher, a both fragile and strong, energetic woman. Attentively and respectfully, they try to bridge their huge generation gap. Another great documentary of her is DONNE-MOI PLUS from 2007: It is beautifully shot and follows two young women in an experiment – naked together in an apartment for some time, the camera follows their actions, movements and conversations.
Writer, Director (DE/MN)
2015 DON’T LOOK AT ME THAT WAY (Feature Fiction)
2015 LWANGA – Cape Town – Khayalitsha (Mid-Length Doc)
2012 KHUYAGAA (Short Doc)
2011 HIMMER VOLLER GEIGEN (Mid-Length Doc)