Films with Students



The Greeting From My Mother

A liturgy, a litany, a laud, THE GREETING FROM MY MOTHER traces the sublime and almost invisible bonds of motherhood, daughterhood and sisterhood over "one hundred years and two world wars." Familial rites and rituals converge in the form of nebulous belief (sometimes objectively, sometimes as metonymy). Images whisper by, like rosary beads, pointing to an underlying message, a personal conclusion: the specifics are secondary, it is in reverence and repetition that salvation can be found, that an anchor can be grasped, that a weather candle can be lit.


- Ivan Lozano (Cinematexas programming director)



Short Documentary


13 min



Portland Women's Film Festival, Portland, USA 2008

Da Vinci Film Festival, Corvallis, USA 2008

Eye Am screening (online TV), Manhattan, USA 2008

Other Cinema in der ATA (Artist Television Access) Gallery, San Francisco, USA 2007

Austin Film Festival, Austin, USA 2007

Videofest, Dallas, USA 2007

Seattle International Film Festival, Seattle, USA 2007

PDX Peripheral Documentary Experimental Film Festival, Portland, USA 2007

Wisconsin Film Festival, Madison, USA 2007


Published on "Journal of Short Film" DVD Compilation, Volume 13




When the growing hostility and negativity around Cindy (65) finally reaches the haven of her local nail salon, she decides to fight it with the magic of love.


10 minutes


Cyndi Williams, Khoa Tien Dang, Gayland Williams, Jacqui Cross-Williams, Nguyen Stanton, Tuyen Quang Thái, Manuela Rodriguez-Dantzler, Tiffany Nguyen, Gohe Tekeste, Michelle Lê

Writer / Director: Katja Straub
Director of Photography: Huay-Bing Law
Production Designer: Nazanin Shirazi
Editor: Gal Yaron Mayersohn
Choreographer: Ellen Stader 
Costume Designer: Colin Wilkes
Sound Designer: Brian Ramos

Producer Germany: Johanna Aust, FLICKFILM
Producer USA: Todd Ruhnau 
Co-Producer: Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF

Production funded by BKM and Austin Film Society



Special Mention Jury Award for best production by CineFem Festival Internacional de Cine de la Mujer,

Punta del Este Uruguay










World premiere @ Internationale Hofer Filmtage 2019

Internationales Filmwochenende Würzburg 2020

Dallas Videofest 2020

Achtung Berlin 2020

Internationales Filmfest Emden Norderney 2020 (canceled due to Corona)

Filmkunstfest MV, Schwerin 2020

Short Film Factory 2020

Sidewalk Film Festival, Birmingham USA 2020

VisioniCorte Festival,  Italy 2020

Cinefem, Punta del Este, Uruguay 2020