Lea Schlude (*1990) grew up between Berlin, Bonn and Rome. She studied Philosophy, Arts & Media at Universität Hildesheim and Philosophy at Freie Universität Berlin and Universidade Federal do Parà, Brazil. Her debut film Via San Cipriano (San Cipriano Road) premiered in 2019 and was awarded Best Feature Documentary at Olhares do Mediterraneo 2019 and Best Film at Roma Cinema Doc 2019. The film was selected for the Visions du Réel 2019 Media Library and The Doc Shop at Hot Docs 2019. As recipient of the Wim Wenders Grant 2021 she is currently developing a feature documentary about the indigenous topographies of Los Angeles.



2022 Hazy Valley (in development)

2019 Via San Cipriano (San Cipriano Road), Germany/Italy, 67 min.



My work explores issues of place, memory and identity at the intersection of film and philosophy. I am interested in the major struggles of contemporary societies - labor, race, gender and ecology - and how they manifest locally, in human interactions with natural, social and urban environments. I am especially drawn to textures and fragments, peripheries and liminal spaces. My research is informed by critical theory and looks at the relations between nature and culture, objects and subjects, body and mind. In my master thesis I argued for an understanding of pleasure as a mode of thought.


AG DOK - Arbeitsgemeinschaft Dokumentarfilm

Doc/it - Associazione Documentaristi Italiani