In Search…

DIRECTOR(S): Beryl Magoko   COUNTRY: Germany   YEAR: 2018   LANGUAGE(S): English, German, Swahili   SUBTITLES: German   RUNNING TIME: 90 min

SECTION: International Forum 2019


Friday, 04.10., 8.30 pm, Caritas-Pirckheimer-Haus, Q&A with Jule Katinka Cramer (DoP)
Tuesday, 08.10., 4.30 pm, kommkino


A journey to womanhood…
As a young girl growing up in a rural village in Kenya, Beryl thought that all women in the world have to be ‘circumcised’ by going through Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) at a young age; therefore she went through the ritual at attender age as a rite of passage.
Little did she know about the effects of FGM/C.
Many years later she learns about a rather new reconstructive surgery that promises to give back what was lost once. In her author-driven documentary „In Search…” she explores the emotional dilemma by talking to other women who went through similar experiences. Beryl is trying to find out whether she should undergo this surgery, a journey into the unknown for a second time: “Will I be making another terrible mistake?” or “Am I ready to face my trauma?“ are the questions that drive this authentic and emotionally quest into the very self of a young woman.


Beryl Magoko was born in Kenya in 1984. Her first film, The Cut, received several international awards. After her graduation from Kampala University in Uganda, she moved to Germany. From 2014 to 2018, she studied at the Academy of Media Arts (KHM). In Search… is her graduation film. She is currently preparing her next documentary film.


The Cut (2012), In Search… (2018)

SCRIPT: Beryl Magoko   PRODUCERS: Beryl Magoko, Jule Katinka Cramer   CAMERA: Jule Katinka Cramer   EDITOR: Fani Schoinopoulou 

PRODUCTION: Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln   WORLD SALES: Rushlake Media GmbH   GERMAN DISTRIBUTOR: Philipp Hoffmann