Wir waren Kumpel (AT)
Once we were pitmen (AT)


In times of society conflicts around clima change and gender identities, several men and one woman embark on a tragic and humorous journey to begin a new chapter in their lives, triggered by the closure of the last German coal mine.

Jonas Matauschek
Role of participant
Talent Lab
Doc Station 2021
Christian Johannes Koch
Rajko Jazbec, Tanja Georgieva-Waldhauer
Jonas Matauschek & Christian Johannes Koch
in development
Year of production
Running time
90 min
Documentary (Creative)
Countries of Production
Germany , Switzerland
Production Companies
Catpics AG, Elemag Pictures GmbH
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Talent Bio

Jonas Matauschek was born 1987 in Dresden. From 2007 to 2014 he studied photography at the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig, in the class of Prof. Peter Piller. In 2012 he co-founded the collective "film initiative Leipzig" (FILZ). From 2015 to 2016 he took part in the PMMC Lab of Werkleitz e.V. in Halle (Saale). Between 2017 and 2019 he was a lecturer at evening classes within Academy of Fine Arts - Leipzig. He works in the field of video-art and documentary film in various ways. Since 2018 he is part of FILZ e.V. executive board and currently lives in Leipzig.