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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 SAN CIPRIANO ROAD (2019) was selected for the markets of Visions du Réel Film Festival and Hot Docs Toronto in 2019, and received awards for Best Feature Documentary at Olhares do Mediterraneo Film Festival Lisbon 2019 and Roma Cinema Doc 2019. From 2021 - 2023 Lea has been a fellow of the Wim Wenders Foundation and the Film Commission NRW for the development of her second feature documentary, HAZY VALLEY. With this project, she is currently participating at Documentary Campus Masterschool 2023.



ongoing  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. 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.


AG DOK - Arbeitsgemeinschaft Dokumentarfilm

Doc/it - Associazione Documentaristi Italiani

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