DOK Leipzig 28 October – 3 November 2019
62nd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
DOK Leipzig Film Festival



It’s quite realistic today for a child to have three mothers: an egg donor gives her genes to a baby who is born by a surrogate mother and raised by another woman or a person who may be male and gay. The classic concept of “natural” motherhood reaches its limits here (and elsewhere).

The definition of motherhood is being contested. The general controversy about changing social norms is reflected in the debate about (good) mothers. This discussion, as “(M)Other” very clearly demonstrates, concerns everybody. Both those who have to contend with stereotypes and prejudice as “classic” mothers and those who claim the term even though they do not correspond to the established “model” that stubbornly resists all obvious changes. Antonia Hungerland shows that the seemingly personal is still (or: today more than ever) highly political.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann

Nominated for the Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize


Original Title: (M)Other
Country: Germany
Year: 2018
Language: English, German
Subtitle: English, German
Runtime: 88 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Antonia Hungerland
Producer: Christopher Zitterbart, Saskia Veigel, Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Cinematographer: Antonia Hungerland
Editor: Antonella Sarubbi
Music: Markus Zierhofer
Sound: Tim Altrichter, Benedikt Ludwig, Christoph Walter, Luise Hofmann
Script: Antonia Hungerland

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.