Against All Odds

Mit dem bauch durch die wand
Director: Anka Schmid

Switzerland, documentary, 2011, 93 min
Women have children. But when you’re not even eighteen - like Sandra, Jasmine and Jennifer – and your belly begins to grow, people stare at you and frown. And once the baby is born, it turns out that life with a child is much more challenging than you ever imagined in all your pink teenage dreams. A refreshing long-term study of three very young mothers, their children and the fathers. A film about the first great love, career plans and dreams for the future. But above all, a film about the courage and unwavering confidence that is necessary when you’re at an age where others blithely enjoy being young – and you take on the responsibility of a child.
About the director:
Anka Schmid was born in Zurich in 1961. After graduating from a high school, she began her studies in German philology and she shot her first experimental videos and Super-8 films. In the turbulent 80’s she was active in a street theatre and a music band. In 1984 she moved to Berlin and was accepted as a student at the German Film and TV Academy (Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin – DFFB). Here she made numerous short films and videos. In 1991 she completed her studies at the DFFB with the feature film “Behind Locked Doors” (Hinter verschlossenen Turen, 1991), which won numerous prizes. After that, she worked as freelance cinematographer and director’s assistant in Germany, Switzerland, France, Argentina and the USA. Her films have been shown at international festivals such as Locarno, San Francisco and Sundance. In 1994 she moved to Zurich with her son. In Switzerland, in addition to her own creative work, she is a lecturer in film and heads animated film workshops.
Section: Identity

Screenplay: Anka Schmid

Dir. of Photography: Patrick Lindenmaier, Anka Schmid

Music: Peter Bräker, Darko Linder