Imagine your mouth burning
like wildfire
your eyes squirting out uncontrollable tears.
Your face is red and you are sweating profusely.
No, you just took a bite of a screaming Hot Chili Pepper.

Chiliheads is a charismatic road trip documentary with travel, cooking and lifestyle elements, which captures a worldwide tradition that has been spicing up lives and diets for thousands of years.

The 70-minute cinematic journey takes the audience on a search for the hottest chili in the world, portraying the influence and passion, which chili inspires in the lives of local people. It leads the audience into countries where spiciness plays an essential role in the cultural identity.

The film approaches this fascinating topic from different angles and tries to answer why the world has become more and more fascinated by chili and how the rising popularity has been justified over the last two decades. It provides an overview of the historical origins and spreading of chili, the chemical components and its measurements, its economical importance, religious and spiritual use, as well as the use of chili in medicine.

From a personal and human point of view, the viewer follows the protagonist meeting different people, each of whom shed light on the fascination of the chili myth. These include: a chili farmer in Mexico, the organisers of one of the biggest chili festivals in the world in the U.S., chili breeders from England, street food dealers from South East Asia and a chili researcher from Nagaland in India. Their stories and lives can’t be more different but they all have one thing in common: a fascination with and passion for chili!


The Chiliheads Crew

Producer/ Director: Kristina Bentz
Toni Säilä
Camera: Toni Säilä, Kristina Bentz, Leon Hüppauf (India)
Sound: Ingmar Süberkrüb
Production Assistant: Katharina Kosikowski
: Michael Ansmann
Kristina Bentz
Narrator: Simon Phillips

Music: Ingmar Süberkrüb, Martin Lingnau
Screendesign & Programming:
Toni Säilä
Logo Design: Andreas Schweda
Legal Advice
: Friederike Nungesser Schlenker
Translator Italy:
Anika Baumhauer

Production: vitaminz productions / chiliheads productions

Thanks to: Manolo Andrade Gorab, Edson Ortiz Garcia, Pilar Cabrera, Miguel Angel Barbosa Lopez and his family, Jai Kharbandar, Joy & Michael Michaud, Marcia & Juck Nordyke, Anna Greco, Academia Italiana del Peperocino, Dr. Paul Bosland, The Chili Pepper Institute NMSU, the City of Hatch, Maya Gourmet Hot Sauces, Marinus Ngullie, Neel Patel, Dr. Ewald Bentz, Evi Bentz, Meike Fries, Thomas Kathriner, Marco Bruderer, Simone Hartmann, Nok & Gerd Mathia, Shrabi, Chili Pepper Pete and his wife Miranda, Shasi Kant Sharma, Reuben, Veronica Boye, Sammy's Organic, Philipp Berens, Patel Suresh Kumal Mulabhai, Steve Sewer, SK Sahid Ismail, Karthik Kollipara, Janine Jaeger, Enzo Monaco,Vittonie Castellani, Pablito Sandolo,Priseilla Banuelos, Jay Geist, Nacho Castanera, Cameron Dunlap, Miguel Angel barbosa Lopez, Alejandra Garrido Morales,Leticia mena Caceres, Feli fernando Tbasco Coral, Edson Ortiz Garcia, Shasi Kant Sharma, Simon Phillips