Brief synopsis

The artists Marina Abramović, Sigalit Landau, Katharina Sieverding, and Shirin Neshat have been influenced and politicized by their personal experiences of war, violence, and oppression in their respective countries of origin. These experiences infiltrate their works – and are transformed into art. These artists’ means of expression is the most intimate medium they possess: their own bodies.

In BODY OF TRUTH, we accompany four artists on an emotional journey through their biographies, chronicling the connections and parallels among them. The four women come from four different cultures. Their life stories have been impacted by political conflicts, private wounds, and emotions that have, in turn, strongly influenced their artistic work. They stand for the major conflicts of our time. BODY OF TRUTH seeks to show us the political and awareness-raising power of art.

In a world characterized by profound uncertainty, the increasing threat of terrorism, civil wars, and refugee crises, these four artists redefine the frontiers by staging their bodies in a language as precise as it is poetic:

Their art challenges us to develop new perspectives and awareness, deepening our understanding of the issues of our times. Does history repeat itself? Are violence and the craving for power an imperative of human nature? Can art help us to better understand our highly complex world?

BODY OF TRUTH aims to convey a clearer understanding of contemporary art within the context of its political dimension; beyond that, the film also seeks to make these works accessible to audiences on the emotional level.

(NFP Kino)


ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
Marina AbramovićHerself
Sigalit LandauHerself
Shirin NeshatHerself
Katharina SieverdingHerself


Director of photographyBörres Weiffenbach
DirectorEvelyn Schels
EditorUlrike Tortora
ComposerChristoph Rinnert
ProducerArek Gielnik
ProducerSonia Otto
Production coordinatorNathalie Andries
ScreenwriterEvelyn Schels
Production sound mixerHelge Ole Haack
Dialogue editorTobias Festag
Foley recordistJürgen Schulz [1]


Cameras and UtilitiesLudwig Kameraverleih GmbH
Subtitles / Audio descriptionJürgen Tobisch SubtitlingGerman SDH subtitles
Subtitles / Audio descriptionMimikri MediaGerman subtitles, English subtitles


2019GermanyKasseler Dokfest
2019USADoc NYC


Theatre releaseGermanyThursday, 10/09/2020
PremiereSaturday, 28/09/2019Filmfest Hamburg