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Yasemin Samdereli was born in 1973 in Dortmund. She studied at the University of Television & Film in Munich from 1993-2000, during which time she gained experience on various international film productions. Since 2001, she has been active as a screenwriter and director. Her films as a director include: the shorts Schlüssellöcher (1994), Lieber Gott (1996), Kismet (2001), and Sextasy (2002), as well as the TV movies Alles getürkt (2003), Zivis (2004), Ich Chefe, Du nix (2007) and her theatrical feature debut Almanya (2010).