In her documentary family saga WALCHENSEE FOREVER, director Janna Ji Wonders embarks on a voyage of discovery spanning a century: she takes us from the family café at the Bavarian Walchensee to San Francisco to the infamous „Summer of Love“. She discovers the secrets of her family to track down their role in the generation chain.
It is a timeless family story about the search for identity, self-realization, love, pain, dependence, loss, psychosis, birth, death … It is a film about the cycle of life.

Director's Biography

Janna Ji Wonders was born in Mill Valley, California, and lives in Munich, Bavaria. She studied at the University of Television and Film Munich, where she directed numerous music videos, shorts and documentaries. Her award-winning films, including the L.A. Hip-Hop documentary BLING BLING and STREET PUNK MOSCOW about young punks in Russia, were shown at international film festivals around the world. With her band YA-HA! she recently released a debut album. Her love for music shapes her work as a filmmaker.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Janna Ji Wonders

Written by: Janna Ji Wonders, Nico Woche

Produced by: Martin Heisler , Katharina Bergfeld

Cinematography: Janna Ji Wonders, Sven Zellner, Anna Werner

Editing: Anja Pohl

Original Score: Markus Acher, Cico Beck

Sound: Jörg Elsner

Nominations and Awards

  • EFA Documentary Selection 2020