Dieudo Hamadi was born in Kisangani (Democratic Republic of the Congo) in 1984, and studied medicine in 2005-2008. He then attended several documentary workshops. Hamadi is the author of two short documentaries, Ladies in Waiting and Zero Tolerance that caught the attention of festivals in Europe (Berlin, Paris, and Amsterdam) and North America (Toronto). Ladies In Waiting received the Pierre and Yolande Perrault scholarship at Cinema du Réel (Paris) in 2009. In 2013, Atalaku, his first feature-length documentary about the 2011 election campaign in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, won the Joris Ivens award for best first film, Best Foreign Film at the San Diego Black Film Festival (USA), the Jury Prize at FIDADOC (Agadir, Morocco) and three other awards. In 2014, National Diploma received both the International Prize of the SCAM and the Potemkin award at Cinéma du Réel (France), and was selected at TIFF (Toronto) and nearly 60 festivals worldwide. In 2015, Mama Colonel, his latest film, received assistance in post-production from the Sundance Institute and IDFA Bertha Fund.
Mother at Arms
Nu Nu Hlaing comes from a village in Bogalay, in Myanmar’s Ayeyarwaddy delta. Following the devastating cyclone, Nargis, that swept through the delta in 2008, she went to Yangon where she attended courses in journalism and later worked for the Myanmar Peace Centre. Since joining the Yangon Film School in 2012 she has worked on numerous documentaries as a sound recordist. Mother at Arms is her directorial debut.
Laurentia Genske is documentary filmmaker and cinematographer. She attended the Academy of Media Arts, Cologne, 2010–2016, and was an exchange student at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión (EICTV), Cuba, in 2012–2013. She received the German Documentary Film Award and several other awards for her documentary, Am Kölnberg (co-directed with Robin Humboldt), in 2015.
The Art of Argument
Gereon Wetzel was born in Bonn, in 1972. He received his MA in Archeology from the University of Heidelberg, and completed the documentary filmmaking program at the University for Film and Television in Munich, where he currently lives and works as a freelance author and filmmaker.
Melanie Liebheit received her MA in Social Anthropology in Munich and Manchester, and documentary filmmaking at the University of Television and Film Munich. In 2001–2011 she worked for Documentary Campus. In 2007 she co-founded the documentary film festival, Nonfiktionale, in Bad Aibling (Germany), which she has led, together with Tamara Danicic, since 2016.
Freedom for the Wolf
Rupert Russell holds a PhD from Harvard University, where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. He is currently working on a series of animated short films, How the World Went Mad, about the rise of political insanity, for the documentary streaming platform, Yaddo. Freedom For The Wolf is his first feature documentary.
Marc Eberhardt holds a BA in German Philology and Philosophy from the University of Potsdam. He studied at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, and is currently studying documentary filmmaking at Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg.
Little Yellow Boots
John Webster is a writer and director born in 1967, in Helsinki, to English teachers who later moved to Finland. John graduated from the University of Art and Design in Helsinki in 1996 with an MA in documentary filmmaking. Since 1990 he has directed independent documentaries that have won numerous awards nationally and internationally. He has run his own production company, JW Documentaries, since 1993.
Stefanie Brockhaus is an independent filmmaker from Munich. She graduated from London College of Communications, University of the Arts with a BA in Film and Television in 2002, and the Munich University of Television and Film in 2016. She has worked on numerous awarded documentaries as a producer and director.
Andreas Wolff studied at USC's Graduate School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles, and at HFF University for TV and Film in Munich. His debut On the Other Side of Life, co-directed with Stefanie Brockhaus, premiered in 2010 at SXSW film festival. His second feature documentary, The Captain and His Pirate (2013) won the German Camera Award for Best Editing at Berlinale and further awards in Leipzig, Zagreb, Saarbrucken, Munich and Brussels.
1917 - The Real October
Bag Mohajer - Refugee Bag
Adrian Oeser is a Frankfurt-based journalist and filmmaker. He has studied television journalism at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg since 2015. In the past few years he has made documentary movies including, With heads held high. Living and surviving in kibbutz Ma'abarot (www.docview.org), and the cross-media project, "An exception" (www.eine-ausnahme.de). Oeser recognizes the importance of bringing underrepresented perspectives to public discourse, and emphasizing both the political dimension and the ambivalence of human experience. He likes to listen to stories, and sees his films as an outlet for his interviewees’ perspectives.