Jan-Holger Hennies is a filmmaker, editor and cinematographer working in non-fiction film, transmedia projects and artistic research. Over the past years, he has mainly focused on the current crisis of violence in Mexico, particularly on forced disappearance, clandestine mass graves and forensics. Besides, he enjoys to branch out from these topics and creates films and video content for cultural institutions and individual artists.

Jan is a graduate from the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester (UK) and lives between Berlin and Mexico City.


Winner category “Made in Mexico”, DocsMX, Mexico City, Mexico
Winner category “Webdoc”, FINNOF | International Festival of New Nonfiction Narratives, Rosario, Argentina

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

festivals and selected screenings

RAI FILM Festival, Bristol, UK
Foro de Cine Etnográfico, VI COMASE, Mexico

IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling (official selection), Amsterdam, Netherlands
DocsMX, Mexico City, 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
Athens Ethnographic Film Festival, Greece
Festival de Cine Etnográfico de Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador
EASA Film Festival, Lisbon, Portugal
LASA2020, Guadalajara, Mexico
Le Cinéma IFAL, Mexico City, Mexico

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

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

OneWithAMovieCamera, Marburg, Germany
Viscult, Joensuu, Finland
SEF Festival, Zadar, Croatia
FIFEQ, Quebec and Montreal, Canada

Filmed Up, HOME Manchester, UK


2nd Biennale d’Architecture d’Orléans, France (group exhibition)
Atelierhaus im Anscharpark, Kiel, Germany

Galerie bauchhund salonlabor, Berlin, Germany
Atelier Farbfieber e.V., Düsseldorf, Germany
Bezirk (Goethe-Zentrum), Guadalajara, Mexico
Centro Cultural Alemán, Monterrey, Mexico

Museo Casa de la Memoria Indómita, Mexico City, Mexico
FMP1, Berlin, Germany (group exhibition)