My Strange Homeland

José is born on the floor of a mud hut in a Bolivian mountain village. He is the fourth child of a herdswoman. A few months later he arrives at the house of his adoptive family in Germany. José Noé Estrada becomes Manuel Phillip Sosnowski. 30 years later, he returns to his mother’s country for the first time. 

A film about belonging.


as himself
Manuel Sosnowski

My Strange Homeland

Marius Brüning, Johannes Preuß

  • Documentary
Production Country / Year
Germany 2021
de., es., qu. OF mit de. UT
DCP, Color, 94min
2.39:1, Discrete 5.1
Original Title
Mein Fremdes Land

Director & Crew

Marius Brüning 2

Marius Brüning

Born in 1990 in Ochtrup. Studied German Philology and Political Science in Düsseldorf, followed by internships in the film industry and studies at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg. Active as writer, director, and editor.


2016 HEIMAT GEGEN KOHLE, Kurzdokumentarfilm

2017 AUF TATEN FOLGEN WORTE, Kurzdokumentation

2018 OST / WEST – RELIKTE EINER GRENZE, Kurzdokumentarfilm

2021 MEIN FREMDES LAND (Co-Regie), Dokumentarfilm HOF 2021

Johannes Preuß 1

Johannes Preuß

Born in 1983 in Berlin. Studied Political Science, History, and Romance Languages in Bonn. Worked as producer and writer for German development cooperations. Studied at the Film Academy


2017 GALAMSEY – FÜR EINE HANDVOLL GOLD, Kurzdokumentarfilm

2018 AUF STRASSE 7 INS HERZ VON PATAGONIEN (Co-Regie), Kurzdokumentarfilm

NOLLYWOOD, Dokumentarfilm

2021 MEIN FREMDES LAND (Co-Regie), Dokumentarfilm HOF 2021

“We know Manuel from our studies at the Film Academy. We spent days and nights together in the editing room - he as editor, we as directors. The idea for this film came from Manuel himself. It’s not in him to be in the limelight. Manuel is rather the involuntary protagonist of a story he wanted to make possible. And there is another reason: He was missing something to really tackle this difficult journey. The filming of his story, the search as a film project that gave him the necessary distance to face the emotional challenges. The project evolved out of Manuel’s trust in us to tell the story appropriately and unadorned. Time and time again, we’ve heard from Manuel about how happy he is to be living his dreams in Germany. Life in Germany should be a given for Manuel. But it isn’t. We didn’t really understand why until after the trip.”

Marius Brüning
Johannes Preuß
Director of Photography
Johannes Preuß
Tobias Wilhelmer
Marius Brüning
Malte Schumacher
Valentin Burkhardt
Sound Designer
Claudio Demel
Marvin H. Keil
Marco Schnebel
Music Composer
Chiara Strickland
TV Commissioning Editor
Joachim Lang
Executive Producer
Malte Schumacher
Malte Schumacher