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Marikas Missio

A deeply personal documentary about faith, the Catholic Church and one woman’s defiant stance against discrimination.


Dir-Scr Michael Schmitt
Prod Annika Blendl, Leonie Stade, Michael Schmitt
Prod Co MAN ON MARS Filmproduktion

Marika grew up wanting to teach Catholic Religious Studies in school. In order to do this you have to be granted the Missio Canonica from the church itself – an authorisation granted only to those who live according to the moral ethics of the church. Those moral ethics don’t encompass LGBTQ+ lives, and so Marika hides who she really is at work just so she can have her dream job. But there’s only so many years of hiding Marika and her girlfriend Anke can handle before a heartbreaking choice has to be made, one that most of us will never have to make in our working lives. The complexities of the Catholic Church are laid bare in this engaging and thought-provoking film about one woman’s journey to live her life.

Emma Smart

Festival guests

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  • Michael Schmitt, Director-Screenwriter-Producer

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