Born 1959 in Essen, living and working in Munich and Berlin. Cultural editor. From 1990 director for public German TV. Lecturer at universities such as Cologne's Academy of Media Arts and the Universities of Bochum and Berlin. Since 2000 director and producer of full-length documentaries. Awards include: FIPRESCI, Berlinale Forum / ARTE-Dokumentarfilmpreis / Prix Regard Neuf, Visions du Réel / ADOLF GRIMME AWARD / First Documentary Award, HOT DOCS, Toronto. Since October 2017 professor for documentary film at the University for Film and Television (HFF) Munich.