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Weiyena – ein Heimatfilm
Weiyena – The Long March Home
Weina Zhao, Judith Benedikt,
Two family histories, one century and two metropolises merge in one person: Weina Zhao, whose parents called her “Vienna" – Wéiyěnà – because they emigrated to Austria. Her journey into the history of China leads to the Cultural Revolution, modern China and tackles the great issues of the 21st century: migration, identity and the search for one‘s past.
|Language spoken:||German, Chinese|
|Director(s):||Weina Zhao, Judith Benedikt, Weina Zhao, Judith Benedikt|
|Producers:||Kurt Langbein, Andrea Ernst|
May 7, 2020Munich (DOK.fest)
VIKTOR DOK.deutsch Award (Munich), Austrian Documentary Award (Vienna/Ethnocineca), City of Freistadt Documentary Award (Freistadt), Franz Grabner Award 2022, Grand Prize (Taipei/TIDF Taiwan International Documentary Festival)
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«You are perceived as somebody that isn't you.»
For filmmaker Weina Zhao living between different worlds appears to be a firm family tradition. She herself grew up in Vienna, with – or between – two languages and cultures, between two countries, both of which dictated her identity. In WEIYENA – THE LONG MARCH HOME she embarks upon a journey to China together with co-director Judith Benedikt in order to capture and preserve the undisclosed memories of her family and the vanishing history of her country.
WEIYENA – THE LONG MARCH HOME wins Viktor DOK.deutsch Award
"Moving, heart-rending, terrifying, but – in the final analysis – life-affirming", stated the jury of the Viktor DOK.deutsch Award of the DOK.fest Munich about Weina Zhao’s and Judith Benedikt’s feature debut WEIYENA – THE LONG MARCH HOME. The award comes with a prize money of € 5,000.
DOK.fest MUNICH with two new films from Austria
After CPH:DOX and Visions du Réel also DOKfest Munich is gathering its audience online: The DOK.fest Munich @home edition 2020 includes the world premieres of WEIYANA – THE LONG MARCH HOME by Weina Zhao and Judith Benedikt and WIRED FOR MUSIC – INSIDE THE WIENER SYMPHONIKER by Iva Svarcová and Malte Ludin. The TV documentary VIRGINIA by Sascha Köllnreitner premieres as DOK.special Servus TV.