// documentary, 2016 //

Janny, Lisa, Debby and Michelle are 12 years old when they leave home. The "Elite School of Sport" at Frankfurt/Oder, a boarding school in East German tradition is where they move to. They grow up in a strict corset of training schedules, weight classes and pressure to perform. Being wrestlers, they all dream of a championship title, though off the mat, each girl fights her very own battle: Janny is searching for her standing within the group, Debby fights her own expectations, Lisa is homesick and Michelle quarrels with her weight.

The documentary WIN BY FALL follows the wrestlers trying to find their place, as well as away from competitive rankings.

// credits //

Director: Anna Koch

Sound Designer: Jana Irmert

Re-Recording Mixer: Jan Pasemann

produced by: Anna Wendt Filmproduktion


// festivals & screenings //

Winner Best Documentary
Achtung Berlin - new berlin film award 2017

Winner Best Documentary
Internationale Hofer Filmtage 2016

et al.:
International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam (Netherlands) 2017
DOK.fest M√ľnchen (Germany) 2017
Astra Film Festival in Sibiu (Romania) 2017
SEOUL International Women's Film Festival SWIFF (Korea) 2017
SXSW Festival Austin, TX (USA) 2017