JAN-HOLGER HENNIES – DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER

FILM / TRANSMEDIA

Forensic Landscapes (webdocumentary, 2020)

Pedagogía Forense (web platform, 2020)

Persistence (documentary, 2019)

Enlaces | Links (exhibition, 2017-2019)

Subversive Diversity (short documentary, 2017)

„Volksverräter“ (stop motion essay short, 2017)

Eilean a’ Cheò | Isle of Mist (short documentary, 2016)

VIDEO

Piano Hero #1 (music performance, 2020)

Iphigénie en Aulide (music performance, 2020)

One Wall (mural paintings, 2020)

mermelada (performance teaser, 2019)

INFO

Jan-Holger Hennies is a documentary filmmaker based between Berlin and Mexico City. His works explore different forms of film and web-based narratives, often concerning contexts of violence and practices of resistance. A graduate from the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester (UK), he takes inspiration from sensory ethnography and artistic research.

Over the past years, Jan has closely worked with visual creator and researcher Anne Huffschmid, exploring the role of forensics as a means against forced disappearance and the current crisis of violence in Mexico. Outcome of this collaboration have been the webdoc “Forensic Landscapes” (2020) and the feature documentary “Persistence” (2019), among others. Jan also joined the Mexican Team for Forensic Anthropology (EMAF) in the creation of a “Forensic Pedagogy” and corresponding web platform. Other artistic endeavours include the multimedia exhibition “Enlaces | Links”, in collaboration with artist Mirjana Mitrovic, which focused on cyberfeminism and internet technology in Mexico and Germany. 

Jan has also created video content for clients in arts and culture such as Ägyptisches Museum Berlin, Klassik Stiftung Weimar, BTHVN2020, URBAN NATION – Museum for Urban Contemporary Art.

FESTIVALS / SELECTED SCREENINGS

2020

15 DocsMX, Mexico

Ambulante (Sección Coordenadas), Mexico

dokumentarfilmwoche Hamburg, Germany

ethnocineca, Vienna, Austria

Jean Rouch International Film Festival, Paris, France

Festival Internacional de Cine de los Derechos Humanos de Sucre, Bolivia

FINNOF | International Festival of New Nonfiction Narratives, Rosario, Argentina

EASA Film Festival, Lisbon, Portugal

LASA2020, Guadalajara, Mexico

Festival de Cine Etnográfico de Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador

Le Cinéma IFAL, Mexico City, Mexico

2019

Cineforo Universidad, Guadalajara, Mexico

Cineteca Chihuahua, Chihuahua City, Mexico

Brot für die Welt, Berlin, Germany

Indigenous Film Screenings for International Mother Language Day, London, UK

2018

Museo de Memoria y Tolerancia, Mexico City, Mexico

Native Spirit Film Festival, London, UK

Centro Cultural José Martí, Mexico City, Mexico

Goethe Institute Bogotá, Colombia

Goethe Institute Mexico City, Mexico

FIFEQ, Montreal, Canada

SEF Festival, Zadar, Croatia

Language and Identity Explorations through Film, OWRI Film Screening, Manchester, UK

2017

OneWithAMovieCamera, Marburg, Germany

Viscult, Joensuu, Finland

SEF Festival, Zadar, Croatia

FIFEQ, Quebec and Montreal, Canada

2016

Filmed Up, HOME Manchester, UK

EXHIBITIONS

2019

“From solitude to desolation”, 2nd Biennale d’Architecture d’Orléans, France
(collective exhibition curated by Frida Escobedo + iii (Luciano Concheiro and Xavier Nueno))

“Enlaces | Links”, Atelierhaus im Anscharpark, Kiel, Germany

2018

“Enlaces | Links”, Galerie bauchhund salonlabor, Berlin, Germany

“Enlaces | Links”, Atelier Farbfieber e.V., Düsseldorf, Germany

“Enlaces | Links”, Bezirk (Goethe-Zentrum), Guadalajara, Mexico

“Enlaces | Links”, Centro Cultural Alemán, Monterrey, Mexico

2017

“Enlaces | Links”, Museo Casa de la Memoria Indómita, Mexico City, Mexico

“Was nützen Ihnen die Tatsachen? Wenn sie nicht wissen, was sie damit anfangen sollen!”, FMP1, Berlin, Germany (collective exhibition)

AWARDS

2020

Winner category “Webdoc”, FINNOF | International Festival of New Nonfiction Narratives, Rosario, Argentina

2017

Special Award, Art competition “Was nützen Ihnen die Tatsachen? Wenn sie nicht wissen, was sie damit anfangen sollen!”, Willi Muenzenberg Forum, Berlin, Germany