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Branwen Okpako was born in 1969 in Nigeria. She studied Political Science in England, followed by studies in Film Direction at the German Film & Television Academy Berlin (dffb). Her films include: the shorts PROBE (1992), VORSPIEL (1994), LANDING (1995), SEARCHING FOR TAID (1997) and LOVELOVELIEBE (1998), and the features DIRT FOR DINNER (DRECKFRESSER, 2000, winner of the Bavarian documentary film prize The Young Lion and First Prize at the Dubrovnik Documentary Film Festival in 2001), VALLEY OF THE INNOCENT (TAL DER AHNUNGSLOSEN, 2003), and THE EDUCATION OF AUMA OBAMA (DIE GESCHICHTE DER AUMA OBAMA, 2011).