2017 / 76 minutes

Directed by
Jana Papenbrook
Country of production

Jana Papenbroock with Horst Wässle, Michael Gerdsmann, Bernhard Krebs

WHY IS MR W. LAUGHING? is a portrait of three members of a community of artists with different disabilities. Rather than making a film about inclusion, the film itself was produced inclusively. In an open collaborative journey through the pictorial worlds of the three artists, a focus was set on their aesthetic obsessions and perspectives through their own videography. As a result of the collaborative approach, the film is an eclectic mix of materials and techniques, interview situations interwoven with observational episodes, auto-fiction and performance, home videos of the protagonists and their own musical compositions.

The film was nominated for the EVA Award (Excellence in Visual Anthropology) at Ethnocineca 2017 (Vienna)

Discounts are available for schools, charities, non-profits, community organisations. Please contact film@therai.org.uk for more information

Watch the trailer: https://vimeo.com/273471329

Language and subtitles
German with English subtitles
Western Europe
Art / Artists / Artisans Collective / Community identity Elderly people Health / Health care / Healing Life Story / Life History Personal Narrative Social participation

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