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Dirk Schäfer trained as a film editor before he began writing and directing. He studied at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and attended a masterclass at the Andrzej Wajda Film School in Warsaw. A selection of his films as a director includes: DIE WEISSEN ZWERGE (1989), WILMA WOHNT WEIT WEG (1991), ACHTUNDZWANZICHTAUSEND WÜNSCHE (1993), AHUVA (doc, 1995), ALIS WELT (doc, 1996), AND THEY LIVE IN MARDIN (doc, 2010), EINE ART LIEBE (doc, 2012), DER HEISSE MONAT (doc, 2015), BEINE WIE EIN STORCH (doc, 2017), FOREVER FLÜCHTLING (short, 2018), and BEKAR EVİ - THE BACHELOR HOUSE (doc, 2019).