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britta wandaogo | born 27.11.1965 in Unna 1985 university entrance diploma [Abitur] „neusprachliches Gymnasium Kamen“

education | background Bergische University Wuppertal communication design, diploma 1.0 focus on: aesthetics [Prof. em. Dr. Bazon Brock] and photojournalism [Prof. Mark Itzikowitz] Academy of Media Arts Cologne postgraduated, diploma with honours focus on: documentary film [Prof. Horst Königstein] and interactive media 2000

formation of wandaogo-production


formation of Filmdokument in cooperation with Bettina Braun

01 - 02

contract of labor University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf | department design

03 - 04 contract of labor University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf | documentary in the context of art project: „Frioul“ 03 - 10 lectureship University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf for didactical information systems and documentary film 2003

founder member „LaDoc“ Documentary Network


Scholarship Imhoff Stiftung


Professor for Audiovisual Media University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf

films Den Affen töten

28 min.

1994 germany

with a big monster

17 min.

1995 germany

Eigentlich geht´s ja um nichts

64 min

1996 germany | domenik. republik

first look

30 min.

1997 germany

une image d´ambition

6,5 min.

1997 burkina faso | germany

Bilfou Biga

30 min.

1998 burkina faso | benin | germany

Ouagadougou 99

6,5 min.

2000 burkina faso

love black and white

45 min.

2001 germany

love white and black

45 min.

2003 germany

the crocodiles of the wandaogo family

61 min.

2003 germany | burkina faso

Leben in der Warteschleife

30 min.

2007 germany

1200 brutto

45 min.

2007 germany

Black Milk

79 min.

2009 germany | kenia | russia

Without my fourth child

45 min.

2009 germany

prices / scholarship Without my fourth child nominated for the PRIX EUROPA 2010 Hermine Albers Media Award 2010

Black Milk nominated for the DGB-Film Award 2009 | International Filmfestival Emden-Norderney

1200 brutto 2008

Kölner Medienpreis category camera


Blicke aus dem Ruhrgebiet


the crocodiles of the wandaogo family

FBW: grade: valuable


nominated for the German Camera Award in the category edditing |


German Short Film Award | category special format: 30 - 70 min.


1 Prize long documentary - Borderlands International Film Festival, Bolzano (I)


love black and white 2002

German Social Award 2002, category TV


CIVIS Media Award 2001 category ‚Information’ | Living in cultural variety – against racism and exclusion


Hans-Böckler-Advance Award (together with B. Braun, A. Getto)




nominated for the Best Graduate Award - HFF Konrad Wolf


Hamburger Short Film Festival, third Prize


Film Award NRW | Filmpreis NRW


Blicke aus dem Ruhrgebiet, Bochum, 1 Prize


Advance Award for Complimentary Video - Thüringen & Rheinland-Pfalz


Videofest Bochum, 1 Prize best documentary film


Blicke aus dem Ruhrgebiet Bochum, 1 Prize Film Award and Audience Award





wandaogo production

1200 Brutto (Enno Hungerland WDR) 2007 Leben in der Warteschleife (Angelika Wagner WDR) 2007 Black Milk (Filmstiftung NRW and BKM) 2009 Without my fourth child (Enno Hungerland WDR) 2009 Krokodile ohne Sattel (Filmstiftung NRW and Filmförderung Schleswig Holstein) 2011 Dirk - das war doch kein Leben (AT) WDR, 3Sat 2011

co- production wandaogo production with ICON FILM 2003 the crocodiles of the wandaogo family (Filmbüro NW, Hessische Filmförderung and the Kuratorium junger deutscher Film) 2003 love white and black (Enno Hungerland WDR) 2001 love black and white (Enno Hungerland WDR)

music video | interaktiv film | installation Flexible Sorge

Loop Installation

1992 germany

Drangsale tragischer Verzückung


1993 germany

Ungarn Sommer 1965

CD Room

1994 germany



2005 ghana

Few Reasons

Music Video

2004 germany

New World

Music Video

2005 germany | russia

RE: inside lonely outside dizzy


2006 international

exhibitions (selection) „RE: inside lonely outside dizzy“ exhibition of the „Spiridon-Neven-DuMont“ Prize winner ECHO - New Media - Past Masters at „Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud“, Cologne (D) Bilfou Biga & Den Affen töten - Kölnischer Kunstverein (D) First Look exibition „Drugs“ – Lux Gallery London, curated by Carsten Höller (GB) Bilfou Biga - Homeland Art - Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin (D) work exhibition - Art Kino Art Frankfurt (D) retrospective - Film BLIK Den Haag (NL) work exhibition - Alle(r)weltskino Köln (D) Bilfou Biga - Kulturverein Zehnscheuer, Rottenburg am Neckar (D) work exhibition - Bauhaus University Weimar (D) Drangsale tragischer Verzückung - Museum Folkwang Essen (D) Flexible Sorge - Museum Folkwang Essen (D)

jury | symposium | lectures (selection) Jury board - Academic Foundation for the German Nation (2010) selection board for design and film Ladoc Gala Lecture: Agnès Varda (2010) DokYou (09) Pilot Project for the advancement of reception und production of documentary films for children Ladoc Lecture, third season: Anja Salomonwitz (08) Symposium „Das ICH im FILM“ (07) Dokumentarfilminitiative DFI | Filmforum NRW Jury board - film production, Filmstiftung NW (07) Jury - Blicke aus dem Ruhrgebiet (06) Symposium „The protagonist in documentary films“ (06) DFI | AG DOK | Filmforum NRW Jury - KinderDokMarkt at the Duisburger Film Woche (03)

filmfestivals | screenings (selection) Duisburger Filmwoche, Prix Europa Berlin, International Dokumentarfilmfestival München, Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Blicke aus dem Ruhrgebiet Bochum, Infernale Berlin, Filmfest Amöneburg, DokumentArt Neubrandenburg, Kasseler Dokumentarfilm & Videofes, Cinema Joven, Valencia (Spain), Videofest Bochum, Video und Filmtage Thüringen und Rheinland-Pfalz, Obs de unicaja cemav Málaga (Spain), Filmfest Amöneburg, Open Eyes Göttingen, Sehsüchte Berlin, Hamburger Kurzfilmfestival, Int. Festival of New Film Split (Croatia), Festival Int. Video Lisboa (Portugal), Manifestation audiovisuelle et media TÉlÈ O Nantes (France), Int. Film Festival Borderlands, Bolzano (Italy), Festival int. du Film Amiens (France), Festival Cinema Africano Milano (Italy), Sehsüchte Berlin, Filmfestival Verden, Femmetotal Dortmund, Mittelmeer Filmfestival Schweiz (CH), Dokumentarfilmfestival Flahertiana Perm (RU), International Film Festival Göttingen, Mittelmeerfestival Luzern (Suisse) ,Kinemathek Karlsruhe, Portobello Filmfestival London (England) , WOMEN IN THE DIRECTOR'S CHAIR 24th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL Chicago (USA), XIV International Festival of Ethnological Film Belgrade (Serbia), Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute SEASSI (USA), German Consulate General Shanghai (China), Centre Culturel Français BAMAKO (Senegal), Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival (USA), International Film Festival, International Festival of Ethnological Film (Serbia), 6TH AFRICAN, ASIAN AND LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL (Italy), PÖFF Maailmafilm (Hungaria), PUMPS Filmwoche Dresden, DKFP Unterwegs, Kinemathek Karlsruhe, Benalmádena Celebra el IX Festival de Cortometraje y Cine Alternativo (Spain), Mica 99 FESPACO (BF), International Competition Balticum Film and TV Festival Bornholm (DK) Afrikanische Filmtage Karlsruhe, Dokfilmwerkstatt Drehort OstWestDeutschland, Frankfurter Filmschau, Int. Filmfest Emden-Norderney, Tage des Ethnologischen Films,Dokumentarfilmfestival Russia Ekaterinburg (RU), Dokumentarfilmfestival Meeting in Siberia Novosibirsk (RU),

Reviews Britta Wandaogo (excerpts) Without my fourth child documentary film by Britta Wandaogo, Germany 2010 PRIX Europa 2010 The story of Andy, 24 years old, toothless and meagre, who tries with all his might to care for his three remaining children after the fourth child ended up with foster parents. The filmmaker follows Andy closely, shows his attempts to bring order into the chaos of his family, his desperate optimism, his thoughts and feelings, his only partially successful action to keep the authorities at bay and prove that he is a good father who can care for his children. Hermine Albers Media Award 2010 Genre Film excerpt from the laudation of the chairwoman of the jury Ulrike Werthmanns-Reppekus:

The Film "without my fourth child" makes it perceptible, how close the will to exist, braveness and helplessness lies together. Distanced from social stereotypes, we witness the realisation of how close to the edge of a social abyss you can be in Germany as a family. The film leaves space for Andys thoughts and words, while neither idealizing or stigmatizing him. The films achievement is, that it clears prejudice against family, whose children have been taken away by the youth welfare office. The way this film showed the lives of these families got under our skin. The authenticity makes it impossible for the viewer to take a distance and it points out, that the decisions considering the well being of a child are a complex matter.

1200 brutto documentary film by Britta Wandaogo, Germany 2008 Kölner Medienpreis in the category camera Britta Wandaogo (Author, Director and Camera) is awarded for the "Kölner Filmpreis" 2008, in the category camera. "1200 brutto " is a film that impresses especially through its compelling Camera Work. Though it may seem strange, the remarkable aspect of Brittas’ camerawork is the inconspicuousness of her pictures. Especially in the most private places in his life, the camera seems to create no distance between the subject and the viewer. It feels like the protagonists forget about the presence of the camera. In this way, the viewer experiences, how close the will to survive, helplessness and love lie together in this family. A story about five, almost six human beings as close as it gets, says the jury. A film that matches the reputation of the television series: “Menschen Hautnah”.

Blicke aus dem Ruhrgebiet 2009 A young man stands in the dust, for 1200 Euro gross. Life has to go on - as does the excessive demands. The film we award brings us close to a 21 year old man who in order to feed his family started working at the age of fourteen. He currently earns 1200 Euro gross. Through the respectful work of filmmaker Britta Wandaogo, Andy was approached very sensitively to the jury. At first glance, Andy was introduced as the stereotype of an uneducated, lower class citizen. In times, where the word "do-gooder" almost sounds like an insult, Britta shows a caring father who managed to create a farsightedness for the present without having a proper education or a social foundation.

The Crocodiles of the Wandaogo Family documentary film by Britta Wandaogo, Germany, Burkina Faso 2003 Deutscher Kurzfilmpreis 2003 | German Short Film Award Nominated for the German Camera Award 2004 in the category editing FBW grade: Valuable


1 Prize - Borderlands International Film Festival, Bolzano 2003 Excerpt from the jury’s statement:

With personal experiences in an European-African mixed marriage, this documentary feature tells the story of the clash of different cultures. German director Britta Wandaogo and her husband Salif from Burkina Faso fearlessly confront the lens of an always present - yet never obtrusive camera, even in the most delicate and intimate moments of their relationship. Their daughter, Kaddi, moves astonishingly effortlessly between the two mentalities, treating the camera with the same casualness she treats the crocodiles.

Love black white Documentary film by Britta Wandaogo, Germany 2001 CIVIS Media Award 2001 ‚Information’ category Living in cultural variety – against racism and exclusion Excerpt from the jury’s statement:

(...) The feature combines cheerfulness, melancholy, passion, love and politics without ever getting didactic. There is no commentary, the protagonists tell their everyday stories - heir happiness, anger, passion and frustration are contagious for the audience. Yet, the director never loses the distance to her story and so succeeds in taking the audience with her. “Love black and white“ is not a story about cultural differences, but about people, whose different origins enrich their lives: in terms of experiences, emotions, and of course in terms of problems. Simply what cultural variety is about! (...) “I think that the approach of different cultures toward each other can only be assured if this topic is no longer imposed with a special status. So it was important for me to focus on a completely “normal” juvenile life with its entire range of emotions and conflicts.“ britta wandaogo

and German Social Award 2002 category TV Statement by Jürgen Gohde, president of the German Federal Association for Free Welfare Work:

This year’s media award in the “TV“ category is being presented to Mrs. Britta Wandaogo for her television feature “Love black and white“. The director successfully has the protagonists talking in their own words, putting no commentary on the original soundtrack. By doing so, she manages to give very private and intimate views on the

couples’ everyday lives. The masterful combination of everyday situations, intense interviews and the protagonists’ humour, shows funny moments despite all the problems - grounded on the main characters’ energy and selfesteem. Britta Wandaogo has managed to playfully translate a multi-layered mixture of cultural differences, social background, political acceptance - and in the end love and tolerance - into a feature film.

The jury would like to give special praise to the masterful camerawork. The camera is part of the action, catches hold of seemingly unimportant events – and thereby emphasises the authenticity and modernity of the feature. The sensitive style of the report avoids clichés and voyeurism. The feeling that these protagonists are being put on display is not given at any point. It is this balance between emotion and objectivity that touches the audience. An exceptional and brave film.

Bilfou biga Documentary film by Britta Wandaogo, Germany, Burkina Faso, Benin 1998 Spiridon-Neven-DuMont-Award Nominated for the best Graduate Film by the HFF Konrad Wolf Press release text of Art Club Cologne [Kölnischer Kunstverein]:

Cologne-based filmmaker Britta Wandaogo having recently been honoured with the Spiridon-Neven-DuMontAward, shows inter alia her award-winning film essay "Bilfou Biga, “A little bit of child" (1998). The film focuses on Kaddi, Wandaogo’s daughter, growing up in two cultures, German and African. Over and above this, the filmmaker confronts the couple’s simple-minded entanglements. “Not a multicultural sauce, but a family between worlds. Rootless is each in a different way. All together, and each for himself on a rootless search.” – this is how Wandaogo describes her film. Documentarism reaches a new level in the work of Britta Wandaogo. This also applies to her first film "Den Affen töten" (1994), where she has different drug addicts talk about their everyday lives, their longing, their drug experiences and their expectations for the future. The sensitivity of the direction and the artistic editing give evidence of the filmmaker’s intensive understanding of the protagonists’ life situation. The interviews never feel rushed, leaving the people enough time to talk, but in the same moment, every single frame seems to drive the narrative forward.

First Look Documentary film by Britta Wandaogo 1997 Filmpreis NRW | Film Award NRW Excerpt from the laudation | Bundesministerium NRW:

"With her films, Britta Wandaogo transports a personal motivation: She wants to offer the audience a direct view on the every day life of an addict that has not been compromised through morality. (...) For one month, she follows a drug addict couple through detox. The camera is always close, at the dinner table, in the bathtub, by the bed. Britta Wandaogo reaches out for the direct contact and avoids the voyeuristic view. She takes people serious. The

life in front of the camera is not scripted - love, hopelessness and collapse happen. (...) The director uses the montage in an astonishing way to portrait feelings, progression and vital rituals at an almost tactile level. She manages to keep the suspense high throughout the film. Her intuitive contact, the headstrong video aesthetic and the smoothness of her storytelling leave the viewer with a consistent impression."

Den Affen tĂśten Documentary film by Britta Wandaogo, 1994 Encourage Award - Videofilmtage ThĂźringen & Rheinland Pfalz 1. Prize and Audience Award at Blicke aus dem Ruhrgebiet 1. Prize at Videofest Bochum Jury statement: A documentary with no distance - as close as it gets - but never voyeuristic. The dignity is kept. A film about the so called "involved" that involves us all because it could happen to all of us. "Never say never!" The term "authenticity" is effected positively by this work, far from a sensation seeking process. The viewer is asked to think about the term "solicitousness"

Filmregisseurinnen NRW unterwegs Press release: Britta Wandaogo manages to be with the junkies as if she were one of them, almost like no one else. That is nearly impossible, considering that the camera is always there, as if its grown into the skin. Such closeness is breathtaking, what a process in editing and the order of the material.

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