orten [=to locate, to find a direction, to fix a position]

64 min, 2017

A film by Margit Schild

The search for a mooring place, stability, a home, and a space in which one can grow is a theme for people all over the world. Where is this place? And what could it be? If it is no longer one's place of birth, then what is it? The new landscape or the familiar one? Experiencing a sense of security or merely the absence of threats? Is home where family is or where friends are? Or is it the place brimming with possibilities and opportunities?    

Westphalia is such a place of longing and destination, offering answers to these questions as well as a starting point for further quests. The film shares the stories of people who arrived here a long time ago or more recently and who, for various reasons, found something here. On the road in the region's cities and landscapes, they talk about their wishes and dreams, their efforts and worries, their notions of home and the chances they saw and seized. They talk about arriving and being at the right place exactly where they are.

In their concrete form, the landscapes and cities ORTEN traverses serve as a sounding board for the familiar: yet simultaneously, they are confusing and alienating and raise uncertainties and questions. They embody that which confronts newcomers upon arrival in an unknown country, for instance following a 7-day flight in a lorry.  Nevertheless, they are also the origin and the material for further stories – a “blank piece of paper” for the new arrivals.

The selection of the itineraries ORTEN follows and the stories the film tells was made by a team of five persons who arrived in the region a long time ago and have found their place here:

Bernice Lysania Ekoula Akouala, born in Brazzaville, Dem. Rep. of Congo

Nana Hdrjan, born in Tilflis, Georgia

Pantea Keshavarzi, born in Shiraz, Iran

Emmanuel Peterson, born in Kumasi, Ghana

Ivan Zadyraka, born in Severodonetsk, Ukraine


Gad Osafo, Elvira Ajvasi, Kelvin Boakye (Serious Klein), Karin Herzog,

Winfried Nana Karkari (Winnie), Tsolig Aro, Rina Masu


LWL-Kulturstiftung Westfalen-Lippe

Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen


Flight and Migration. 14 People in a Portrait.

Filmmaker Margit Schild, Germany 2015.

Cinematographer: Jan-Malte Enning

The film uses artistic process to approach the life of people with a migration background.

The documentary film “Drifting” brings together individuals with refugee or migration fates through a process of artistic exchange. Migrants from Afghanistan, Armenia, Cameroon, Chile, Democratic Republic of Congo, France, Ghana, Hungary, Kazakhstan, United Arab Emirates, as well as students with an uncertain residency status, come to speak. Furthermore, the son of a refugee from East Berlin and survivors of Pinochet’s regime report about their experiences and show what moves them. The film observes how pairs of participants improvise and jointly produce drawings on the wall and floor of a room in succession, sequentially answering each other’s drawings and in this way reporting on their experiences. These spontaneous images accompany the narrative; linked in the film, they open their own dramaturgy of changing perspectives.

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Migrating Site 2011

Artistic transformation as a collective incident. A participatory video film project

Funded by the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia and LWL Foundation

Elvira Hufschmid, Margit Schild, with Antje Havemann

Transformation by translation is the basic principle of this artistic project. Inhabitants of the Münsterland, a rural area in the federal state North Rhine-Westphalia, are invited to create a video which is built by applying rules of a game like »Cadavre Exquis« or better known as »Chinese Whispers«. The participants take the lead for a four to five-minute episode of their habitat by describing their place of desire. The following person takes on the content of the predesessor´s sequence, before developing her or his own story. The final video shows ideas of a real place like the Münsterland by envisioning the absent places of desire.

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Ivan Zadyraka, Pantea Keshavarzi Bernice Ekoula, Nana Hdrjan, Emmanuel Peterson

Fotos der Premiere am 19. November 2014 im Kino "Cinema", Warendorfer Str. 45, Münster

Director: Margit Schild

Concept: Margit Schild, Antje Havemann

Camera: Jan-Malte Enning

Editor: Margit Schild, Jan-Malte Enning

Production: Schild/Havemann GbR, Antje Havemann, Margit Schild

Initiative temporäre Kunsträume e.V.

Sound: Lukas Raber

Sound track & Composition: John Gürtler

Musicians: John Gürtler (prepared piano, bass clarinet, percussion)

Tomas Svensson: (drums and percussion)

Stephan Bleier: (double bass)

Sound Design & Sound Mixing: Oscar Stiebitz

Editing Consultant: Wiebke Hofmann

Dramaturgy Consultant: Nadja Hermann

Assistant: Alexandra Thöne

Cooperation Partners: Piratelove, Filmservice Münsterland

GGUA - Gemeinnützige Gesellschaft zur Unterstützung Asylsuchender e.V., Münster, Kino "Cinema"