Volker Koepp was born in Stettin (Szczecin)/Poland in 1944 and studied at the Technical University of Dresden from 1963-1965. In 1966, he entered the film school at Potsdam-Babelsberg and obtained his diploma as a writer and director in 1969. He was a director at the DEFA documentary film studio from 1970-1991 and has won prizes at Cracow, Oberhausen, Tampere and Mannheim. He has been a guest lecturer at the Film & Television Academy (HFF) in Babelsberg since 1993. His films include: Slatan Dudow (1974), Wittstock III (1978), Haus und Hof (1980), In Rheinsberg (1982), Leben in Wittstock (1984), Afghanistan 1362 - Erinnerung an eine Reise (1985), Maerkische Ziegel (1989), Maerkische Heide, Maerkischer Sand (1990), Maerkische Gesellschaft mbH (1991), Neues in Wittstock (1992), Die Wismut (1993), Cold Homeland (Kalte Heimat, 1994), Fremde Ufer (1996), Wittstock, Wittstock (1997), Das 7. Jahr - Ansichten zur Lage der Nation (TV, 1997), Schoene Erde Mutterland (1998), Die Gilge (1998), Herr Zwilling und Frau Zuckermann (1999)and Kurische Nehrung (2001).