Let's talk about it

What do we really know about the female body? And why do we often not dare to talk about it in public?
Leonie is a young acting student from Berlin and meets up with her good friend Marc in a cozy pub in Darmstadt. A casual talk suddenly turns into a deep conversation.
Leonie wants to break the silence about "taboo topics". She talks about the problem of her orgasm with surprising ease that makes viewers empathize. Difficulties she had in the past that were considered "problems" become normal in the conversation. Marc is animated to also reveal his stories and difficulties he had to face.
The brief insight into the perspectives of the two young adults triggers discussions that are not yet commonplace, but could become so.

  • Sophie Krieg
    Director
  • Sophie Krieg
    Writer
  • Sophie Krieg
    Producer
  • Nico Spahn
    Producer
  • Frederik Herre
    Producer
  • Leonie Krieg
    Key Cast
    "as herself"
  • Marc Boutter
    Key Cast
    "as himself"
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Lass uns darüber reden
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 48 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 15, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    50 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Germany
  • Country of Filming:
    Germany
  • Language:
    German
  • Shooting Format:
    digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Hochschule Darmstadt
Director Biography - Sophie Krieg

Die Regisseurin und Produzentin der Kurzdoku, Sophie Krieg, hat vor dem Studium ein Freiwilliges Soziales Jahr in Ruanda absolviert und vor Ort ihr erstes Kurzportrait über einen ruandischen Hausjungen gedreht, um ihm eine Kochausbildung zu finanzieren. 2017 hat sie ihr Studium "Motion Pictures" an der Hochschule Darmstadt begonnen. Während ihrer Zeit an der Hochschule, hat sie als Videojournalistin für das Dresden Fernsehen und an einer ZDF Doku-Serie beim Hessischen Rundfunk mitgearbeitet. Durch ihr Praxissemester bei Gropperfilm, konnte sie als Redakteurin bei einigen Arte Reportagen mitwirken und einen Kurzdokumentarfilm in Kurdistan drehen. Mit der Kamera begleitete sie eine irakische Geflüchtete, die an einer schweren Skoliose erkrankt war, von dem Norden Iraks nach Deutschland. Mit “True Faces”, einem Kurzfilm, über die gesellschaftliche Abgrenzung von Wohnungslosen, schließt sie nun ihren Bachelor ab.

English version:
The director and producer of the short documentary, Sophie Krieg, completed a voluntary social year in Rwanda before studying and shot her first short portrait about a Rwandan houseboy on location in order to finance a cookery training for him. In 2017, she began her studies in Motion Pictures at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences. During her time at the university, she worked as a video journalist for Dresden Fernsehen and on a ZDF documentary series at Hessischer Rundfunk. Through her internship at Gropperfilm, she was able to work as an editor on several Arte reports and shoot a short documentary in Kurdistan. With her camera, she accompanied an Iraqi refugee suffering from severe scoliosis from northern Iraq to Germany. She is now completing her bachelor's degree with "True Faces", a short film about the social segregation of homeless people.

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Background

One evening, I was sitting together with my two good friends from college and discussing a wide variety of contraceptives. We all quickly realized that my counterparts, who were all male, had little idea about contraceptives, since they are mostly intended for women. I, too, didn't have much idea what other options there were besides the birth control pill and the IUD, but this topic was very present for me because I learned that the IUD is not an option for me, but I don't want to take the birth control pill. Why do we actually know so little about this? Men as well as women? Are we just not talking openly enough about the topic? All the friends from that discussion group that evening ended up being part of the film.
With my sister, I have very often had discussions about how we deal with our bodies. We noticed that we don't talk much about nudity in the family. Shouldn't we be able to show our bodies however we want? Nudity is part of our body. Why are we ashamed of it? These and many more questions made me and my sister, Leonie, start this experiment with each other.
We wanted to bring our personal thoughts in front of the camera to trigger further discussions about social "taboo topics".

Working with the sister

I have never shot a documentary with my sister before, so I was very curious to see if this collaboration was even possible.
20 years ago we already shot small films together with the camcorder, but never in such a serious setting. We both learned a lot through our studies, which also brought us closer together.
During the filming I was very happy to have Leonie on set, because she was, as I had hoped, as open and brash as I knew her to be. She didn't pretend at all and shared very exciting, inspiring opinions. But what I really appreciated about working with her on the project was that she trusted me completely and gave the viewer deep personal insights into her life in a very humorous way. Together with our parents we watched the final cut for the first time and received very positive reactions. However, even nicer was the first discussion that followed after watching "Let's talk about it".

Concept

The short documentary "Let's Talk About It" is intended to stimulate discussion and mutual sharing of problems related to taboo topics, such as not having an orgasm during sex or dealing with nudity in front of other people. The concept is designed for a docu-series and could take place with similar themes between people of different generations, different genders or same genders in environments like this or others.
The idea is to build an intimate conversation in 10 minutes in each episode that will make viewers think while still entertaining them.
The aim is to create a humorous but serious approach to important topics about one's own body, one's own gender, love and much more.