Bom Dia, Jana

Monchique, Portugal: A small village located at a mountainside in the north of the Algarve. Jana shelterdly grew up there with her elder brothers as their family emigrated. Then suprisingly the family splits up.

A sensitive and fabulous portrait about the insecurity of adolescence, hostility in one’s life, melancholy of the age of puberty and the easiness of teenage dreams.

News

  • - Premiere Party of Bom Dia, Jana

    The premiere and the following premiere party of BOM DIA, JANA will take place on Thursday, August 21st at 09:15pm [...]

    The premiere and the following premiere party of BOM DIA, JANA will take place on Thursday, August 21st at 09:15pm at the cinema Babylon in Berlin Mitte in presence of the director Sabine Michel and the team. At the same time 3sat celebrates the 10th anniversary of the series Mädchengeschichten (girls’ stories) with us.

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  • - Anniversary of "Mädchengeschichten"

    On the occasion of their 10th anniversary the 3sat documentary series „Mädchengeschichten” present thereby three of our girls stories: SISTERS [...]

    On the occasion of their 10th anniversary the 3sat documentary series „Mädchengeschichten" present thereby three of our girls stories: SISTERS OF A LONG NIGHT on July 6th, BOM DIA, JANA! on August 31st, and MACEDONIAN DREAM – A GIRL AND HER ACCORDION on September 28th always at 6pm on 3Sat.



Bom Dia, Jana

Monchique, Portugal: A small village located at a mountainside on the northern edge of the Algarve. Jana walks among the narrow alleyways. She is the daughter of an emigrated German family and shelterdly grew up with her four elder brothers in a farmhouse which was restored by her parents. During her whole childhood she twinkle-toedly follows her big brothers and dreams about living their lives. However the family splits up surprisingly. Her parents separate and her brothers move to Lissabon. Jana and her mother Ilo are left in the little village in which they still are outsiders. Soon rumours about Jana are spread and resonate extremly loud in a small city like Monchique. They impute pregnancy and abortion, which was forbidden in Portugal until 2007, to the 12 year old girl. Jana locks herself up at home and drops out of school. To hide her hurt and insecurity she builds a big wall of silence around herself. Growing up sometimes can be very lonseome. Nevertheless her mother and her brothers stick by her. The teenager, meanwhile  17 years old, managed to reintegrate and started an apprenticeship. But just arriving in the simplicity of adolescence Jana has to bear a new challenge…

A sensitive and fabulous portrait about the insecurity of adolescence, hostility in one’s own life, the melancholy of the age of puberty and the easiness of teenage dreams.

The author Sabine Michel graduated at the School of Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg. She lives in Portugal and knows Jana since her childhood. For the series “Mädchengeschichten” she accompanied her protagonist to her inner and outer departure to world and a self-determined life. It’s a poetic and sensitive approach to a girl that grew up in the ruins of a dropout-dream and just begins to emerge from her isolation.

Direction and Script: Sabine Michel
Director of Photography: Joao Pedro Placido
Editing: Gudrun Steinbrück
Music: Pablo und Nico Malter
Sound: Carlos Mota
Sound Engineering: Jörg Höhne
Production Assistant: Susanne Radelhof
Producer: Maria Wischnewski
Executive Producer: Christian Beetz
Commissioning Editor: Katya Mader

Koproduktion

  • Bom Dia, Jana

    3Sat
    01 July 2008 at 6:00 pm

  • Bom Dia, Jana

    3Sat
    31 August 2008 at 12:00 am

  • Bom Dia, Jana

    ZDF Kultur
    23 July 2013 at 8:45 am

  • Mädchengeschichten - Bom Dia, Jana

    3sat
    28 April 2014 at 4:25 am