Janina Möbius, Ph.D., explores cultural phenomena in Latin America and Europe through academic research and cinematographic means.With the production company, la paloma documentaries, she produces her films and conducts pedagogical media projects.She studied Theatre, Film, and Television Studies and Spanish Philology at the Freie Universität Berlin, the University of Granada in Spain, and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City.In 1995, she filmed her first documentary, "Gods of Flesh and Blood," about Mexican wrestling called Lucha Libre.For her monograph, "And behind the mask...the people. Lucha Libre – a Mexican popular spectacle between tradition and modernity", Janina spent several years in the world of masked wrestlers and folk heroes, such as El Santo, the One with the Silver Mask. The work has been published in Germany and Mexico. Her doctoral work on the subject, which she completed at the Institute for Theatre Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin in 2002, was generously supported by the DAAD. Over the next four years, she conducted research for a VW-Foundation project about contemporary popular theatre in Mexico, Colombia, and Peru, under the direction of Professor Erika Fischer-Lichte. Two of these years were spent doing field research and conference organization in Latin America.
"Applied Theatre im interkulturellen Kontext: Filmreihe und Forschungsansätze" (with Julius Heinicke). Institut für Theaterwissenschaft, Freie Universität Berlin. WS 2014/15.
2010 Apfelstrudel – oder deutsche Spuren in Mexiko, 73 min, HD, for DAAD and German Embassy in Mexico.
2009 Lotería, 63 min, prod.: German Federal Cultural Foundation, festivals: „Your Nanny Hates You!" HAU Berlin, Globale Berlin & Cologne, screened at exhibitions in Berlin and Vienna.
2008 Theaterhunger, Weltendurst – Fliegen und Existenz, 38 min loop, for the festival "Re-Education" Berlin.
2005 Pfeffer – der Handel mit dem schwarzen Gold, 45 min, ZDF/arte Discovery.
1995 Götter aus Fleisch und Blut, 45 min, Beta-SP, festivals in Mexico, Portugal, Colombia, Germany.