La sagrada de Cuba

Germany/Cuba 2014, Documentary, 58’ | Director Elke Margarete Lehrenkrauss | DoP Christiane Buchmann, Elke Margarete Lehrenkrauss | Production Elke Margarete Lehrenkrauss in cooperation with Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln and EICTV Cuba

»The cow is the symbol of our country,« says Luis, a herdsman. Anyone in Cuba who slaughters a cow can get up to 30 years in prison. An outdated law dating back to Castro’s revolution is the reason behind this odd state of affairs. In contemplative images, then, La sagrada de Cuba offers a portrait of a country at a standstill, using Cuban cowherds’ stories to tell of the economic significance of the animal for the island beyond revolutionary constraints. It also narrates of cattle mafias, black- market meat, thieves, lovers, carnivore tourists and sleepless herdsmen caught between hope and resignation.

The Dortmund | Cologne International Women's Film Festival is showing Sagrada de Cuba in tandem with Rebecca by Bine Jankowski, the winner of this year's National Competition for Women Directors of Photography in feature film category.

Elke Margarete Lehrenkrauss, born1979, concentrates on documentary film and art photography. She studied film at the Cologne Academy of Media Arts and video art at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences & Arts in Switzerland. Her graduation film Romanze o.T. received its German première at DOK Leipzig in 2013. In 2008, she spent a year at the International School of Film and Television (EICTV) in Cuba and, until 2010, held a scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation. In 2003, she was awarded the Swiss New Media Award. Ms Lehrenkrauss is currently guesting at Nordmedia in Hannover as a scholarship holder.

From 2004 to 2010, Christiane Buchmann studied design with a focus on film & TV camera at Dortmund University of Applied Sciences. During this time, she also worked in television and advertising. In 2008, she spent a semester at the International School of Film and Television (EICTV) in Cuba. There she shot the film Efecto Dominó which has been nominated for Best Camera at the Dortmund | Cologne International Women's Film Festival. In 2008, she founded the Filmwiese Production Company. In 2010, she made two documentaries in Tanzania, including her graduation film Sinema Porini. She subsequently completed her master's degree in camera & image design at Hamburg Media School with her graduation film there, Dedowtschina, premiering at the competition for the Max Ophüls Prize 2013.

Elke Margarete Lehrenkrauss
Competition for Directors of Photography