Marikas Missio

Germania, 2017, HD, 73', col.


Michael Schmitt

Marikas Missio

In Germany, in order to be allowed to teach the Catholic religion in any public school, you must obtain a Missio Canonica: an official authorization to teach which can only be issued by the Catholic church to those who are seen to lead a life that complies with the church's ethical and moral precepts. But this authorization can easily be revoked if it can be shown that these precepts are not respected.  One example: being gay. A serious problem for Marika, since she has been in a secret relationship with Anke, the director's sister, for fourteen years, but, at the same time, would like to continue to teach religion. How can she reconcile her private and professional life? Should she continue to stay in the closet, or come out as a lesbian and marry Anka? It is a difficult issue, and unfortunately very topical in a country where religious power still interferes with secular life.


Michael Schmitt


Filip Pampuch, Katja Hahn


Nikola Krivokuca, Johannes Obermaier


Viktoria So Hee Alz, Michael Schmitt


Paul Eisenach, Ryan Robinson


Marika Gruber, Anke Gruber, Maria Gruber, Michael Gruber


Annika Blendl, Leonie Stade, Michael Schmitt


Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München (HFF), Man on Mars


aug&ohr medien


Michael Schmitt


Michael Schmitt (Adenau/Eifel, Germany) studied theatre, cinema, sociology, English literature and documentary directing at different universities: Friedrich Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, the University of Ghana and Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München in Munich. He founded the Man on Mars production studio, and has directed the documentaries Mapi Liberia (2009), Six O’Clock Show (2010), San Augustin – Low Tide in the Plastic Sea (2012), Hong Kong – One Country, Two Systems  (2012), A Place to Live Is Not a Place to Stay (2014) and Marikas Missio (2017).