Lea Schlude (*1990) grew up in 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 selected for the markets of Visions du Réel Film Festival and Hot Docs Toronto. It was awarded Best Feature Documentary at Olhares do Mediterraneo Film Festival and Best Film at Roma Cinema Doc.

Lea is currently a grantee of the Wim Wenders Foundation and the Film Commission NRW for the development of her current documentary project, a feature film about unexpected connections between the indigenous topography of Los Angeles and the endemic soccer culture of the Ruhr Area in West Germany.



2022 Hazy Valley, 90 min. (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 political struggles of contemporary societies - labor, race, gender and ecology - and how they manifest locally, in human interactions with specific natural and cultural 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 thinking


AG DOK - Arbeitsgemeinschaft Dokumentarfilm

Doc/it - Associazione Documentaristi Italiani