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Mein fremdes Land | © Arsenal Filmverleih
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Mein fremdes Land

  • Rückkehr nach Potosí (Working title)
Documentary Feature | 2019-2021 | Family, Nature-Environment, Politics, Society | Germany


Brief synopsis

The fourth child of a herdswoman is born on the floor of a mud hut in a Bolivian mountain village. A few months later, little José arrives at the house of an adoptive family in Germany. José Noé Estrada becomes Manuel Phillip Sosnowski.

During his childhood, the boy doesn’t want to know anything about his origins. Pictures from his orphanage in Bolivia, he turns away. „In fact, we have never really talked about it“, Manuel remembers today. The only traces of his birth in a faraway country are now compiled in a folder with adoption papers written in bureaucratic language.

​To make sense of his own story, at the age of thirty-one, the young man decides, for the first time in his life, to ask the questions he never dared to ask. Why did his mother give him away and who is this woman supposedly living in a place called Yawisla-Potosí? With the sparse information available, Manuel embarks on a journey full of uncertainties.

( https://www.johannespreuss.de/mein-fremdes-land )


Motion graphics designerRobin Albrecht
Motion graphics designerBeppo Albrecht
ColoristRobin Jünkersfeld
Director of photographyJohannes Preuss
DirectorJohannes Preuss
DirectorMarius Brüning
EditorTobias Wilhelmer
Trailer editorRobin Jünkersfeld
ComposerChiara Strickland
Production managerMalte Schumacher
ScreenwriterMarius Brüning
ScreenwriterJohannes Preuss
Sound re-recording mixerMarvin Keil
Sound designerMarco Schnebel
Sound designerClaudio Demel
Dialogue editorMarco Schnebel
Commissioning editorKatharina Kontny
Commissioning editorJoachim A. Lang

Distribution / Sales companies

Arsenal Filmverleih [de]
Germany (theatrical), 2022
Germany (theatrical), 2022


Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
Marius Brüning2021Filmschau Baden-Württemberg [de]
BaWü Filmpreis (Best documentary)
BaWü Filmpreis (Best documentary)Winner
Johannes Preuss2021Filmschau Baden-Württemberg [de]
BaWü Filmpreis (Best documentary)
BaWü Filmpreis (Best documentary)Winner


2021GermanyHof Int. Film Festival
2021GermanyFilmschau Baden-Württemberg
BaWü Filmpreis (best documentary)
BaWü Filmpreis (best documentary)


TypeCountryStationDate / TimeComment
First showingGermany3satMonday, 08/05/2023, 10.25 PM

Cinema releases and premieres

Theatre releaseGermanyThursday, 23/06/2022