Britta Wauer. © Kaspar Köpke

 

Britzka Film is the independent film company founded in 2005 by the Berliner author, filmmaker and producer Britta Wauer. We produce thoroughly researched documentaries, characterised by their journalistic integrity as well as their filmmaking quality. Above all, Britzka Film is dedicated to transforming real stories into powerful motion pictures and sharing them with as wide an audience as possible.

After her training at the Berlin School of Journalism, Britta Wauer studied film direction and production at the German Academy of Film and TV. Since the dawn of her filmmaking career, Wauer's works have received numerous awards and been screened at film festivals worldwide.

The Berlin born filmmaker has a passion for film and storytelling, as well as a devoted interest in history – particularly the multifaceted, somewhat turbulent history of her homeland. Since her first documentary in 2001, her films have focused mainly on modern history, current affairs and biographies. But her films go beyond simply recapturing moments in the past or reproducing facts – with meticulous research and a human touch, Britta Wauer delves deeper than the documents themselves and connects with the people behind the narratives, revealing captivating and at times profound stories where they are least expected.

Britta Wauer's first student film A Hero's Death unravels the mysterious truth about East Germany's national hero Egon Schultz, a border controller who was supposedly killed by bandits, but actually died from friendly fire. Her collaboration with Sissi Hüetlin, The Rapoports – Our Three Lives covers the extraordinary life of the German Jewish émigré family of two renowned scientists, who were forced to flee McCarthy's US to the East Germany of the GDR. The 2005 TV documentary Berlin: A square, A Murder and a Famous Communist introduces Berlin's infamous historical quarter: Scheunenviertel, a quintessential fossil of German history. Her cinema debut Gerda's Silence divulges the enthralling story of Holocaust survivor Gerda Schrage – another untold tragedy from an unwritten historical anthology. In 2011, the feature documentary In Heaven, Underground celebrated tremendous success and enchanted Berlinale audiences with its colourful, beautiful story of the Jewish Cemetery in Weissensee Berlin, with one protagonist becoming the sole focus of her most recent cinema sell-out, Rabbi Wolff: A Gentleman Before God, the portrayal of an elderly rabbi who has more energy for life than most of us.

Awards (Selection)

2011 DEFA Foundation Award to Support Artistic Talent
2011 Panorama Audience Award, Berlin International Film Festival for In Heaven, Underground
2009 Best Documentary, FilmArtFestival Mecklenburg-Pomerania for Gerda's Silence
2007 Axel Springer Prize (Special Mention) for More Justice!
2005 Grimme Prize for The Rapoports
2005 BANFF Rockie Award (Nomination)
for The Rapoports
2002 Prix Italia (Nomination)
for A Hero's Death
2001 German Television Award (Promotion Prize)
for A Hero's Death