AJB DOC in Sarajevo by Birthe Templin

Thank you AJB Doc for nominating our film for the competition. The screening in the sold out cinema was beautiful and very emotional. A great pleasure to get to know Sarajevo and having the feeling, that the Festival really makes a difference.

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These are the mountains where the old tradition of the sworn virgins originates. Why there?

We never got an answer to this question. Maybe it's the earth, the mountains, the constellation, what do I know. We might never get answer, like with the Inka-secrets.

The movie has its International Premiere not far from there. Thank you Prifest to invite us for the competition! And thank you Alfred for your beautiful images.


The Case by Birthe Templin

Years ago I interviewed a female concentration camp guard. That women was charged for aid for murder. At the time of the prosecution I was traveling and not taking care about news and the world - the articles in the press just passed by me. The indictment was discontinued due to lack of evidence but in 2016 the appeal was resumed and, until now, it is floating in the open. After the screening of What remains someone came up to me and told me about it. And it turns out that my material contains new details and facts which underline her involvement. I am very curious about how the prosecutor will decide: if he will take the case on trial or let it just fade out. Like so many other cases - too many other cases.


Our documentary is still being screened - after completing it 9 (!) years ago. We are happy to go to Northern Germany at the End of September and be part of the 12th German Memorials Convention. You find the english subtitled version on: www.wasbleibt-film.de.

first fish by Birthe Templin

So many years ago I caught my first fish. After hours of sitting next to uncle Karl, who gave me the fishing rot and showed me how to put the earthworm on the hook. So many years later my sons first little fish, and a wise uncle Karl who pretended it is the biggest fish he ever saw in his life. The beauty of things never changing.


room with a view by Birthe Templin

if someone is stepping on a balcony it seems like they disappear for a second the moment they lean over the facade. They quickly reconnect to their own world. Its magic to me.