DOK Leipzig 29 October – 4 November 2018
61st International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
DOK Leipzig Film Festival



A first person singular film which begins where it should, which is right at the beginning: after nine months of snug peace the filmmaker had fought her way through her mother’s pelvis and the first thing she touched was the latter’s curly pubic hair.

Anka Schmid uses a playful biographical approach to tell her hairy story, which is also the story of a whole generation. She jumps from detail to detail, or from moustaches to full beards to shaving one’s legs and armpits. And, last but not least, to the very special haptic pleasure you feel when you stroke the even stubble of a buzzcut. If this makes your hair stand on end with pleasure, you are already in the midst of the next volte-face. And if not, there’s no help for you anyway! Anka Schmid discovers the enormous potential of this most delicate body part in life and in art. And at the end of her ingenious collage of real, archival and animated footage one feels thoroughly combed over and certain henceforth that there is a whole cosmos hidden in hair.

Ralph Eue


Original Title: Haarig
Country: Switzerland
Year: 2017
Language: German
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 52 min.
Technique: Live Action, Found Footage, 2D Digital, Cutout, Mixed Media, Drawn, Rotoscope
Format: DCP
Color: Colour and B&W
Director: Anka Schmid
Producer: Franziska Reck
Cinematographer: Daniel Leippert
Editor: Marina Wernli
Animation: Anka Schmid
Sound: Markus Graber
Music: Feed the Monkey
Script: Anka Schmid

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig 2018 catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author's name. All articles where no author’s name is given are production notes.