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Land of my children

OT: Im Land meiner Kinder

Darío Aguirre // Germany, Switzerland, 2018
Documentary Feature // FF2018
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DOCUMENTARY Unexpectedly, the German authorities offer the Ecuadorian director Dario Aguirre German citizenship. In this tenderly ironic road movie, he portrays the complicated path he took from the country of his forefathers to that of his children.Aguirre actually came to Germany because of Stephanie from Ecuador, but the authorities have always been a part of their relationship. In the ensuing 15 years, they issued a total of 10 visas. This long trail of documents, stamps, permits and restrictions provided Aguirre with a connection to Germany, while at the same time keeping him at arm’s length. And now this: the mayor of Hamburg invites Dario to become a German. The offer raises many questions. Is this a declaration of love for his adopted home? And: does he feel in a position to become a German yet?


DARIO AGUIRRE (*1979) comes from Ecuador and has lived in Germany since 2000. From 2001 to 2006, he studied visual communication/media at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg. In 2013, FILMFEST HAMBURG showed his documentary César's Grill.



Im Land meiner Kinder

Documentary Feature

German, Spanish

Hamburger Filmschau//FF2018

Germany, Switzerland


88 min

OV with German subtitles

Darío Aguirre

Darío Aguirre

Protagonisten: César Aguirre, Mariuxi Guevara, Christa und Andreas Tonn, Stephanie Tonn

Tobias Büchner, Franziska Reck

Helena Wittmann, Darío Aguirre

Ulrike Tortora, Darío Aguirre

Sven Kacirek

Animation: Victor Orozco

Monika Schäfer, Ulrike Dotzer (NDR/ARTE)

Rise and Shine

Büchner Filmproduktion GbR; RECK Filmproduktion

Tobias Büchner, Büchner Filmproduktion GbR: tobias@buechnerfilm.de

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