Harun Farocki (Harun El Usman Faroqhi)

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Neutitschein, Sudetenland [now Nový Jicín, Czech Republic]
The German film director, screenwriter and media artist Harun Farocki was born on the 9th January 1944 in Nový Jicín [Neutitschein], at that time a part of Czechoslovakia annexed by the Third Reich. He was the son of an immigrated Indian doctor and a German woman. Farocki first studied Theatre, Sociology and Journalism at the 'Freie Universität (FU)' in West-Berlin. From 1966 to 1968 he studied at the new 'Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB)' as part of their first generation which included students as diverse as future Hollywood-director Wolfgang Petersen, future feminist filmmaker Helke Sander and future RAF-terrorist Holger Meins. Read more...