• 9 10
  • 2017
  • 84min
  • Original Title: Sandgirl (2017)

Alternating beautiful animations with the intimacy of customary moments, this film is a journey into the creative world of Veronika Raila, a girl that has lived with Asperger syndrome and physical disabilities since her childhood.


AWARDS: German Red Cross Media Award/ Prize of the ecumenical youth jury. Dok Leipzig/ Grand Prix for Best Film. Bosifest/ Special Jury Mention. Nepal International Human Rights Film Festival

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS: Frauenfilmtage Bielefeld/ Handicap im Film Festival – Karlsruhe/ Picture This... Film Festival/ Den Norske Documentary Film Festivals/ Salon Internacional de la Luz/ EDOC Film Festival/ Neisse Film Festival/ SWR Doku Festival/ Respect Human Rights Film Festival/ Lisbon International Film Awards/ Bosifest/ DOCSMX Festival/ Filmfest Frauenwelten/ Film Art Days Saxony-Anhalt/ Kassel Dokfest/ Festival Cinema e Transcendencia/ FIPADOC/ SANFICI Festival Santander/ Best of 2018 - Cinemateca Nacional del Ecuador/ International Human Rights Film Festival Nepal 2019/ Sydney Film Festival/ Porto Femme International Film Festival

Sandgirl. A universe of sand, music and words

Veronika Raila has lived with Asperger syndrome and physical disabilities since her childhood, using assisted communication to express her thoughts. 

In Sandgirl, the young author invites you on a subtle and poetic journey inside the secret, captivating creative world of her heightened imagination, expressed through beautiful sand art work and animation. 

Weaved throughout the film is Raila’s shared communication with director and fellow screenwriter Mark Michel, illustrating the love, care and trust shared between Raila and her family, and giving the audience a rare glimpse of her inner world and thoughts.

Mark Michel
Mark Michel Director

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