Jana Matthes was born in 1966 in Berlin. She studied Television Journalism in Leipzig and Documentary Film in Potsdam-Babelsberg. Since 1990, she has been working as a freelance filmmaker with Andrea Schramm. Together they have received numerous award, including an award for Best Social Report for Television in 1998, The Discovery Channel Award in 2001, and the Axel-Spinger Prize in 2001. Their films include: Das soll Liebe sein? (1993), Halleluja turbogeil (1994), Blackout (1995), Das Leben ist ein Monopoly (1996), Russenkinder (1997), Allein in der Wildnis (1998), Kopftuch und Minirock (1998), Abgestempelt (1999), Die Pruefung (1999), Gnadenlos (2001), and The Last Journey (Die letzte Reise, 2002).