In Search …

In Search …

Beryl Magoko, Jule Katinka Cramer (DoP)


As a young girl growing up in a rural village in Kenya, Beryl thought that all women in the world have to be »circumcised« by going through Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) at a young age; therefore she went through the ritual at a tender age as a rite of passage. Little did she know about the effects of FGM/C. Many years later she learns about a rather new reconstructive surgery that promises to give back what was lost once.
In her author-driven documentary In Search … she explores the emotional dilemma by talking to other women who went through similar experiences. Beryl is trying to find out whether she should undergo this surgery, a journey into the unknown for a second time: »Will I be making another terrible mistake?« or »Am I ready to face my trauma?« are the questions that drive this authentic and emotional quest into the very self of a young woman.

For 25 years, medica mondiale has been campaigning for traumatised women and girls in war and crisis regions and provides on-site trauma-sensitive and psycho-social support for survivors, including health services, legal aid, and economic measures. On a political level, medica mondiale promotes the rights of women and demands the prosecution of perpetrators, the effective protection of survivors as well as justice and political participation for women affected by violence. Following the screening of In Search …, Sybille Fezer, Executive Director at medica mondiale will discuss the film in conversation with Beryl Magoko und Jule Katinka Cramer.

In Kooperation mit medica mondiale and Academy of Media Arts Cologne

Awards for ›In Search …‹
Best Student Documentary – International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2018 | Publikumspreis »Leipziger Ring«, DOK Leipzig 2018

Director / Script

Beryl Magoko


Jule Katinka Cramer


Fani Schoinopoulou BFS


Malin Schmid, Johannes von Barsewisch

Sound Design

Tim Elzer

Production / Contact

Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln


Beryl Magoko

Beryl Magoko was born in Kenya in 1982. Her first film The Cut received several international awards. After her B.S. from Kampala University in Uganda, she moved to Germany. From 2014 until 2018 she studied at the Academy of Media Arts (KHM). In Search … is her graduation film. Currently she is preparing her next documentary film.

Jule Katinka Cramer (DoP)

Jule Katinka Cramer was born in Hamburg in 1979. She trained at the ZeLIG school for documentary film in Bolzano, Italy before going to Berlin. She has worked for several film and TV productions as a cinematographer and sound recordist. From 2014 until 2017 she studied at the Academy of Media Arts (KHM) specialising in cinematography. In Search … is her graduation film.