Lea Schlude grew up between Germany, Russia and Italy, and today lives in Berlin. She studied Philosophy, Arts & Media in Hildesheim, Berlin and Belém, Brazil, and holds an M.A. in Philosophy from Freie Universität Berlin. Lea Schlude developed her first documentary feature SAN CIPRIANO ROAD, which premiered in 2019. The film was invited to the markets of Visions du Réel Film Festival and Hot Docs Toronto, and received awards for Best Feature Documentary at Olhares do Mediterraneo Film Festival Lisbon and Roma Cinema Doc. Lea Schlude is currently in development of her second feature, HAZY VALLEY, which has been awarded with the Wim Wenders Grant 2021 by the Wim Wenders Foundation and the Film Commission NRW. She is also a fellow of Documentary Campus Masterschool 2023.
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. While my research is informed by critical theory, I feel especially drawn to textures and fragments, peripheries and liminal spaces in the relations between nature and culture, objects and subjects, body and mind. In my master thesis I argued for an epistemological understanding of pleasure as a mode of thinking.