Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival


Edition 2021


Karin Berger - Director and Author

Karin Berger

Karin Berger, a director, and author from Austria, studied ethnology and political science in Vienna until the mid-1980s. She worked as a freelance journalist and researcher and completed several research projects during extended periods of study in the USA and Belém, Brazil. It was during this period that her first work with Super 8 film emerged as well as her interest in and concentration on documentary films. 

Karin Berger worked on very short films like O! Fortuna! as well as on full-length documentaries. Her cinematic projects are often connected with the publication of books on the same subject, such as the Romní Ceija Stojka’s autobiographies, Wir leben im Verborgenen and Träume ich, dass ich lebe?.

Berger first started focusing on Romani women with a look at one of the most well-known Romani artists in the two films Ceija Stojka and The Green Green Grass Beneath. She manages to direct a film that opens up the world of Roma people and the conflict with the world of non-Roma prejudices.

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