Pepe Mujica – Lessons from the Flowerbed / Pepe Mujica – Lektionen eines Erdklumpens

„Poor is not he who has little, but he who always needs more.“
Pepe Mujica has become famous for being the „world’s poorest president“. The former guerrilla fighter and flower grower is currently considered one of the most charismatic politicians of Latin America. Old and young believe in him thanks to his humble lifestyle and his unconventional manners, where political protocol is concerned. His political visions, among them his sensational regulation of the marihuana market, have created international interest.
Since the spring of 2010, Uruguay has been led by a president who, as a young man, revolted against the power of the state he now heads with both words and arms. Pepe Mujica was a founding member of the urban guerrilla group „Tupamaros“, which fought the state in the repressive Uruguay of the 1970s. During the dictatorship he spent many years in prison, during which he was also tortured – a time that formed, but did not break him.
Over the course of many years, the filmmakers visited Pepe Mujica, who is now 80, over and over again, documenting his eventful existence with their camera. In private meetings and conversations on his farm, which he still runs with his companion Lucía Topolansky, he grants them an insightful glimpse into his unusual beliefs and visions.


Country of Production

Year of Production

DCP, BluRay, HD

52 / 90-94 min

Heidi Specogna

Production Filmproduktion in co-production with WDR in association with ARTE and SRF

Original Language

English, German

Festivals / Awards

IDFA Amsterdam 2014
Göteborg IFF 2015
Solothurn IFF 2015
Berlinale 2015
Thessaloniki IDF 2015
One World HRFF Bucharest 2015
Montevideo IFF 2015
Beldocs IDF Belgrade 2015
DocAviv IDF Tel Aviv 2015
Docs Against Gravity IFF Warsaw 2015
Innsbruck IFF 2015
Underhill FF Podgorica 2015 (Audience Award)
Sheffield IDF 2015
Swiss FF São Paulo 2015
DocsDF Mexico 2015 (opening film)
CineDoc IDF Tbilisi 2015
Weltfilmtage Thusis 2015
Festival dei Popoli Florence 2015
Cinéma Verité IDF Tehran 2015
Cinelatino FF Toulouse 2016
Europe on Screen FF Jakarta 2016
Iberodocs FF Edinburgh 2016
LASA FF New York 2016
Vancouver Latin American FF 2016