Science and medicine have informed many of my stories. A biology graduate of University College London, my films have often been the product of months and years of research and shooting.I trekked across Central Africa searching for clues to the origin of HIV,I spent three months filming in Liberia at the height of the Ebola outbreak and followed the complex story of an isolated people in the Peruvian Amazon.
During the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, I was embedded in an intensive care ward at Berlin’s Charité clinic. After the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, I followed Wira, an anesthesiologist and mother of three, over the course of a year. My latest project has been a four-part series on organ transplantation, again filmed at Charité clinic in Berlin.
I use a minimalistic, direct-cinema approach to my filmmaking, shooting most of my stories on my own.
My work has featured on major broadcasters — including BBC, PBS, Al Jazeera, ARD, ZDF, Arte and others – and was awarded a number of prizes including two Grimme Awards, a German Television Award, the Hans-Joachim Friedrichs Preis, and a Golden Nymph.
My base is Berlin, my heart is in nature.