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

Why I Am Here

Why I Am Here

Five people between the ages of 10 and 84 talk about why they had to leave their home and what it was like to arrive in Germany. What is different? What do they miss? Between scenes of daily life at the new school and on the football ground the lives that Ahmad, Frau Schiller, Leila, Lena and Cacau left behind and the stories of the flights they lived through come alive in animated sequences.

Marie-Thérèse Antony


Original Title: Warum ich hier bin
Country: Germany
Year: 2018
Language: German
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 65 min.
Technique: Cutout, 2D Digital, Found Footage, Motion Graphics
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Mieko Azuma, Susanne Mi-Son Quester
Producer: Wolfgang Latteyer
Cinematographer: Mieko Azuma
Editor: Melanie Jilg
Animation: Gitte Hellwig, Lisa Neubauer, Daniella Koffler, Franziska Poike, Simon Steinhorst & Hannah Stragholz, Kazuma Taketani
Sound: Susanne Mi-Son Quester
Music: Flurin Mück, Cornelia Böhm
Script: Susanne Mi-Son Quester, Mieko Azuma

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.