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Yueksel Yavuz was born in Karakocan/Turkey in 1964 and moved to Germany in 1980 where he studied Economics and Sociology in Hamburg from 1986-1989. He has been involved in the film industry since 1990 and studied Visual Communication at Hamburg's Academy of Fine Arts from 1992-1996. His films include: Die Hoch-Zeit (video short, 1992), Coromandel (video short, 1993), Freedom Pension (video short, 1993), 100 und eine Mark (short, 1994), Mein Vater, der Gastarbeiter (documentary, 1995), his first feature film The April Children (Aprilkinder, 1998) and A Little Bit of Freedom (Kleine Freiheit, 2002).