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Jens Schanze was born in 1971 in Bonn. After initially studying Forest Sciences, he worked as a director's assistant for Bavarian Broadcasting, followed by studies at the University of Television and Film Munich. In 2002, he founded Mascha Film together with Judith Malek-Mahdavi. His award-winning documentaries include: OTZENRATHER SPRUNG (2001), BROT UND TÖNE (2003), WINTERKINDER - EINE SCHWEIGENDE GENERATION (2005), OTZENRATH 3° KÄLTER (2007), PLUG & PRAY (2010), and THE GOOD LIFE (2015).