Private Project

COURAGE

Three teenagers in Mexico City: After their imprisonment they are trying to regain a foothold in society and to mentally digest their time in prison.
Inside, they played theater – outside, they are fighting for their own place and role in life.
CORAJE - a film about teenagers and young men in Mexican Juvenile prisons and their lives afterwards, about being trapped in structures of violence, about theatre as a potential remedy, and social roles that are difficult to escape from.

  • Janina Möbius
    Director
  • Janina Möbius
    Writer
  • Janina Möbius
    Producer
  • Ernesto Pardo
    DoP
    La Tempestad by Tatiana Huezo
  • Ricardo del Conde
    DoP
  • Alfredo Castro Ortigoza
    Editor
  • Baruch Arias AKA Kexolli K.
    Sound Recording
  • Gábor Ripli
    Sound Design
  • Unai Rosende
    Color Correction & Visual Effects
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    CORAJE
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 18 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    November 5, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    Germany
  • Country of Filming:
    Mexico
  • Language:
    Spanish
  • Shooting Format:
    HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • DocsMx International Documentary Filmfestival Mexico
    Mexico City
    Mexico
    October 13, 2018
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • CineLatino Filmfestival
    Tübingen, Stuttgart, Reutlingen
    Germany
    April 13, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Ethnografilm Festival
    Paris
    France
    April 18, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Eyes and Lenses XIV Warsaw Ethnographic Film Review
    Warsaw
    Poland
    June 10, 2019
    Poland Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Vizantrop Engaged Ethnographic film Festival
    Belgrad
    Serbia
    June 13, 2019
    Serbian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Humano International Human Rights Film Festival
    Tijuana
    Mexico
  • Seattle Latino Film Festival
    Seattle
    United States
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection
  • MIRA - Latin American Independent Filmfestival
    Bonn
    Germany
    November 16, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Central American Film Festival - Vienna
    Vienna
    Austria
    November 20, 2019
    Austrian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Muestra de Mujeres en el Cine y la Televisión-México
    Mexico City
    Mexico
    Official Selection
  • Festival de Cine de Irapuato
    Irapuato
    Mexico
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Janina Möbius

Janina Möbius, Ph.D., explores cultural phenomena in Latin America and Europe through cinematographic means and academic research.
With the production company, la paloma documentaries, she produces her films and conducts pedagogical media projects.
She studied Theatre, Film, and Television Studies and Spanish Philology at the Freie Universität Berlin, the University of Granada in Spain, and the UNAM in Mexico City.

2015 Opal Glas – oder The World isn’t shitty, 25 min.

2015 The Trial ..., 17 min.

since 2011: Die Bumbuls, author, director (with Sandra Merseburger), long-term- documentary about a single mother and her daughter

2010 „Apple Strudel – or German Traces in Mexico“, 73 min.

2009 „Lotería“, 63 min., festivals: „Your Nanny Hates You!“ HAU Berlin, Globale Berlin & Cologne, screened at exhibitions in Berlin and Vienna

2008 „Hunger for theatre, thirst for worlds – flies and existence“, 38 min. loop, for the festival „Re-Education“ Berlin

2005 „Pepper – the Trade with the Black Gold“, 45 min, TV: ZDF/arte Discovery

1995 „Gods of Flesh and Blood“, 45 min, Beta-SP, festivals in Mexico, Portugal, Colombia, Germany

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Director Statement

When sharing times with the young guys over the years - first while in prison, later outside – they showed me their strength and wit to try to escape from the vicious and violent circles they were put in.

And besides all the official efforts to “reintegrate them“, for example by using theatre performances as a tool, the question remains: to reintegrate them into what? As the Mexican State does not open up any positive perspectives for the majority of the young people – quite the contrary: being young in Mexico means being in huge danger …