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Documentary in production



In our society communication processes are vivid and narrative. This opens up new opportunities to transfer knowledge. We produce documentary films for cinema, interactive web media, and other audio/visual formats.

Our work values and promotes collaboration with scientists from every field of research. It is process-based and participatory. By doing so, we take the complexity of scientific work in account and provide new perspectives based on our cultural-scientific know-how.

We always look forward to new project ideas, send us an email to:


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We - Johannes Kohout and Janek Totaro - have been creating media at the intersection of science and the public since 2015. Documentary film is our preferred choice to visualize and reflect scientific knowledge production.


We both have a Master's Degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Göttingen. There we put our focus on methods of ethnographic film making and conducted research in the fields of artificial intelligence, human-computer-interaction, robotics and astrophysics. We also worked for the PR and cross-media agency pi-ar.


In spring 2019 we founded Akinema to focus on the production of documentary media for science communication purposes. As wouldyoukindly we are also active in other areas of video production.

We collaborated with:

Max-Planck-Institute for Solar System Research, German International Ethnographic Film Festival (GIEFF), German Emigration Center, Museumsquartier Osnabrück, ARS Electronica, Universitätsmedizin Göttingen, Otto Bock, Universität Göttingen, Universität Duisburg-Essen, TU Berlin, Institut für Musik der Hochschule Osnabrück, Pioneers Festival

We received project based fundings from:

nordmedia -  Mediengesellschaft und Filmförderung für Niedersachsen, AKB Stiftung, Giovanni Omodeo Stiftung



Kohout / Totaro GbR
Schildweg 12
37085 Göttingen

phone: +49 152 2622 3633