Esther Niemeier

I am a Berlin-based writer, director and producer. My first short documentary WALZ was my BA graduation film at the University of the Arts London. WALZ screened in the official selection at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2007 and was picked up for broadcast by Canal+ and other channels throughout Europe. In 2015 I was accepted into the MFA in Documentary Directing at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. My graduation film TRACING ADDAI (30 minutes) is a fully animated documentary about two young German boys who went to join the Jihad in Syria. One, now imprisoned, is talking to the mother of the other, who never made it home. To date TRACING ADDAI has been screened at over 70 film festivals, has won 20 awards including ‘Best Short Award’ at the Oscar qualifying Docaviv, Best Animation at Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival and was a finalist for the 2018 Student Academy Awards. I am currently writing and developing my first feature length documentary as director based on original letters from my Great-grandmother, a woman whose outspokenness landed her in a psychiatric hospital where she was killed along with many others under the Nazi’s euthanasia scheme during World War II.