Menschenskind! (Our Child)

Documentary | 01:22 | SWITZERLAND

Is parenthood the only logical continuation of every life? Has the traditional concept of the nuclear family had its day? The filmmaker has achieved what many women in a comparable situation think about but never actually do. In the film, based on her daughter’s procreation story and with the help of a sperm donor, Marina Belobrovaja deals with existing social ideas, role patterns and conventions around parenthood and family.

Bio | Filmography


Marina Belobrovaja (1976) was born in Kiev (UDSSR), immigrated to Israel, and studied fine arts in Germany and Switzerland. Her multimedial projects explore the borderline between social reality and artistic practice and reflect political phenomena in a provocative and ironical way. They are motivated by themes such as labor conditions, consumer behavior, and legal issues. Her work was presented at numerous exhibitions and festivals in Switzerland and Europe. She lives with her daughter in Zurich.


Warm Glow, documentary film, 2014

The DNA-Project, artistic multimedia research project, 2012

Multikulti-Tours, artistic multimedia project, 2011, artistic multimedia project, 2010

Dinner for Two, artistic multimedia project, 2009

Öffentliche Abschiebung, video installation, 2008




2021: Visions du Réel (Switzerland)
2021: DOK.fest Münich (Germany)


Written & directed by
Marina Belobrovaja
Gabriela Bestchart
Kaleo La Belle
Christoph Walther
Sergei Freedman & Marina Belobrovaja
Bruce Wuilloud & Benoit Frech
Editing & Dramaturgy
Tania Stöcklin
Original Music
Trixa Arnold & Ilja Komarov
Sound Mix & Sounddesign
Guido Keller
Picture Design
Patrick Lindenmaier

Produced by
GoldenEggProduction | Gabriela Bussmann

In coproduction with

Swiss Distribution
Valerio Bonadei | FILMBÜRO

World Sales
Jean-Michel Trèves | JMT Films


Let Me Go hits theaters in French-speaking Switzerland

• From October 25 in theaters

Flores del otro Patio is a candidate for the EFA

• Eligible for the European Film Awards (Best Short)

Let Me Go's World Premiere in Cannes

• Selection in Cannes' ACID

Flores del otro Patio & As Sacrificadas selected in Solothurn

• Panorama Section & Eligible for the Swiss Film Award

Flores del otro Patio awarded in Winterthur

• Best Swiss Short

Chute (Strangers) awarded in Locarno

• Pardino d'Oro | Pardi di Domani


• is selected for the Alliance 4 Development program of the Locarno Festival 2021

Menschenskind ! (Our Child)

• Official Selection at Visions du Réel & DOK.fest Munich


• Selection to the Torino Script Lab 2020


• Selections to the Coproduction Village of Les Arcs 2019 & Atelier Grand Nord 2020

Putin's Witnesses

• Nomination to the European Film Awards

Silent Storm awarded in Locarno

• Pardino d'Argento | Pardi di Domani

The Jarariju Sisters awarded at the Berlinale

• Special Mention of the International Jury

Putin's Witnesses

• Official Selection at TIFF 2018
• Grand Prix for Best Documentary at Karlovy Vary IFF

Dressed for Pleasure awarded at the Berlinale

• Special Mention of the Youth Jury