• Learning to Milk a Cow

    Learning to Milk a Cow



  • Learning to Milk a Cow

    Learning to Milk a Cow



  • Learning to Milk a Cow

    Learning to Milk a Cow



Learning to Milk a Cow

a film by Juliana Saragosa

Learning to Milk a Cow

Germany, Canada | 2016 | 64:00 min

Original Title:
LERNEN EINE KUH ZU MELKEN

Content Categories

Documentary
Synopsis
A 64min experimental documentary about my grandmother's personal experiences of being stolen from her family in Soviet Ukraine and taken to work for German farmers under National Socialism.

When the filmmaker’s grandmother was 19, she was taken from Soviet Ukraine to Germany to work on a Bavarian farm under National Socialism. She had the luck and perseverance to survive hardships of the forced famine in her homeland and forced labour in the new one. The stories of her everyday life – learning how to milk a cow, falling in love – are interspersed with three generations of reflections on politics, longing, feelings of displacement and loss.

Hand-processed black & white film, colour film, photographs and official documents create a montage of different perspectives. The hand-touch aesthetic combines with the acousmatic effect of disembodied voices, in this deeply intimate portrait obscured by memory loss, mis-translation, fear and trauma.

Festivals/Awards
30.11.2016 xart splitta Filmreihe, Berlin, Germany
22.03.2017 Cineding, presented by Gedenkstätte für Zwangsarbeit, Leipzig, Germany
09.09.2017 Chouftouhonna, Tunis International Feminist Art Festival, Tunisia
07.10.2017 Baikal International Documentary Film Festival, Irkutsk, Russia
28.11.2017 Altes Finanzamt, Berlin, Germany
25.02.2018 Ausland, Berlin, Germany
25.11.2018 Grandmother Film Festival, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Cast and Crew
  • Director Juliana Saragosa
Original Languages

Ukrainian

German

English

Links / Reference
Menu Icon Menu Icon Arrow Icon Arrow Icon Plus Icon Plus Icon Minus Icon Minus Icon HFF Logo HFF Logo