Arne Birkenstock was born in 1967. Since 1994 he has been working as a freelancer for several public television broadcasters in Germany. He has written and directed countless short films and several TV documentaries, including MENSCHEN HAUTNAH for WDR and UNTER DEUTSCHEN DÄCHERN for ARD/Radio Bremen. A tango specialist, the first edition of his book on the subject was sold out within three weeks, selling more than 20,000 copies in Germany and the Netherlands. 12 TANGOS - ADIOS BUENOS AIRES (2005) was his first feature-length documentary, followed by the German Film Award-winning CHANDANI AND HER ELEPHANT (2010), SOUNDS OF HEIMAT - GERMANY SINGS (2012), and BELTRACCHI - THE ART OF FORGERY (2013).