I'm Martha, Colombian
The film is a slowcumentary, the nearly three-hour portrait of a young Afro-Colombian woman, a slow, closely observing documentary. In a long conversation, she says, among other things: "The right man has not yet been born." She talks about her life in Colombia, about her first trip abroad, about love, sex and tenderness, about nationality, patriotism and politics, about health and education, about spirits and shamans, about women and men, about plants and animals, about order and discipline, about God and the world. Martha was born in the province of Chocó in northwestern Colombia. She grew up there in a small village, lived for a while in Quibdó, the provincial capital, and for six months in Cartago, a town in the province of Valle del Cauca, before coming to Cali, the capital of that province. She now commutes between Chocó, where her parents live, Cali and Santafé de Bogotá, the capital of Colombia. Martha had 20 siblings. But one brother was murdered, two other brothers died after an accident and one brother died after an epileptic seizure. Another brother is considered missing. She lived in Cali for a while with her sisters Yulisa, María and Yasnury. During this time I got to know them and was allowed to observe their life together there for two months and document it for this film. Martha also accompanied me on a month-long trip to Ecuador, where she experienced the sea for the first time in the province of Esmeraldas.
Frank SputhDirectorSacred Run through Sacred Land
Frank SputhProducerSacred Run through Sacred Land, Talking with Fish and Birds, The Call of Fayu Ujmu
Frank SputhCameraSacred Run through Sacred Land, Daniel and the Spirits of the Makah, Cola and Canoes - Indians at Cape Flattery, Transylvanian Hay Trail - A Family History, Talking with Fish and Birds, The Call of Fayu Ujmu
Frank SputhEditingSacred Run through Sacred Land
Frank SputhWriterSacred Run through Sacred Land
Project Title (Original Language):Bin Martha, Kolumbianerin
Runtime:2 hours 57 minutes 40 seconds
Completion Date:June 29, 2023
Production Budget:6,000 EUR
Country of Origin:Germany
Country of Filming:Colombia, Ecuador
Language:English, German, Spanish
Shooting Format:Digital Cinema 4 K
SELECTION OF FILMS
2023 "I'm Martha, Colombian" (director, cinematographer, producer)
2012 "At the edge of the city - traces of history in Heinersdorf" (camera) directed by Eckart Lottmann / 34'57"
2008 "Schroeder is in Brazil" (press photos, sound)
produced and directed by Zé do Rock / 95 minutes / 16:9
Highlight of the Göttingen International Ethnographic Film Festival 2008
2002 "The Call of Fayu Ujmu" (camera, production, distribution)
Director: Rainer Simon / 43'40" / Jury Prize Tortosa (Spain) 2004
2000 "What matters" (camera)
Director: Eckart Lottmann, 48' and 34'
1999 "Talking with Fish and Birds" (camera, production, distribution)
director: Rainer Simon / 43'20" / ORB, ARTE
honorable mention in Quetzaltenango (Guatemala) 1999
3rd place in the audience rating in Pitigliano (Italy) 1999
1996 "Transylvanian Hay Trail - A Family History" (Camera)
director: Ralf Marschalleck / 16 mm / 89' / WDR, SWF, SFB
Competition of the Duisburg Film Week 1996
" ... Pictures like paintings ... "Gerd Zeiss, head of picture at SFB-B1
1995 "Cola and Canoes - Indians at Cape Flattery" (Camera)
Director: Ralf Marschalleck / Beta SP / 44' / MDR
Honorary diploma San Francisco (USA) 1996
1994 "Sacred Run through Sacred Land" (director, camera, production) 46'23"
1994 "Daniel and the Spirits of the Makah" (camera)
Director: Ralf Marschalleck / Beta SP / 29' / 3sat, ZDF
I created the genre Slowcumentary because I believe it best describes this slow, closely observed documentary.
The film is an almost three-hour portrait of a young Afro-Colombian woman.