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M.A. Julia Berg



Julia Berg is a freelance filmmaker and writer. She received her MA in Visual Anthropology from the University of Manchester (UK). Before, she studied documentary and fictionfilm direction at the Film Academy Beijing (P.R.China); Social Anthropology and Chinese Studies at the University of Hamburg and Visual Communication at HfbK Hamburg (Germany).

She has researched, written and co-directed several documentaries for television (arte, ZDF, etc) and completed an internship at the ARD-Studio in Beijing. A main focus lies on China, as she speaks fluently Chinese and has long term fieldwork and ethnographic film production experience there. Other countries she has cross-cultural filmexperience in include Syria, Vietnam, Cambodia, Australia and some European countries. 

Julia Berg is a lecturer for Ethnographic Film and Video at Universität Bremen and Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.



  • Dresdner Schnauzen, Dokusoap ZDF, 30x45min, P: doc.station, 2007, Author

  • Yin und Yang im Allgäu, Dokusoap ZDF-arte, 5x27min R: Andreas Pichler P: filmtank hamburg, 2005, Book and Concept, Co-Director

  • In Fremden Diensten, Doku BR-arte, 52min, R: Marc Eberle P: filmtank hamburg, 2004, Book, Assistant Director, Sound      

  • Fluten, Doku ZDF-arte, 75min, R: Niels Bolbrinker P: filmtank hamburg, 2004, Production Management, Assistant Director, Sound

  • The Most Admired Man, Doku, 28min, P: Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, 2002, Book, Director, Kamera


Film Festivals

The most Admired Man (2002):

  • Bilan du Film Ethnographic, Paris (2003)

  • Beeld voor Beeld, Amsterdam (2003)

  • RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film (2003)

  • Sheffield International Documentary Festival (2003)

  • NAFA Film Festival, Tartu (2004)

  • Göttingen International Documentary Festival (2004)

  • XII Intl Festival of Ethnographic Films Nuoro (2004)

  • Moscow Intl. Visual Anthropology Film Festival (2006)


Special Mentions at:

  • Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) Filmfestival, U.K.

  • Göttingen International Film Festival

  • Nuoro International Festival of Ethnographic Film


Berlin Southern Theory Lecture