Peter Lilienthal was born in 1929 in Berlin. His family emigrated to Uruguay in 1939. In 1956, he received a scholarship to the Hochschule der Kuenste (HDK) in Berlin and returned to Germany. Between 1959 and 1964 he worked at the television broadcaster SWR, first as an assistant and later as a director. In 1967/68 he was a lecturer at the German Film & Television Academy (dffb) in Berlin, and was one of the co-founders of the German distributor Filmverlag der Autoren. Since 1985, he has been director of the section Film & Media Art at the Academy of the Arts in Berlin. A selection of his films includes: In Handumdrehen verdient (1959), Malatesta (1970), Dear Mr. Wonderful, The Silence of the Poet (Das Schweigen des Dichters, 1987), The Cyclist of San Cristóbal (Der Rahfahrer von San Christobal, 1988), In the Face of the Woods (1995), and The Long Road to Disobedience (Der lange Weg zum Ungehorsam, 2007), among others.