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Network Breakout: How To Grassroot

27.02.2020 - Susanne Ewenstein, Rabea Koss, Nadja Lischewski, Sigrun Neisen, Thomas Sabel, Dorothee Wenner

    Communication is key. Meet the panellists from the previous "How to Grassroot" session as well as from further international initiatives to learn how they support filmmakers in their programmes, funds and foundations. Vice versa, the experts are keen to hear from your needs and ideas so that they can make their programmes more useful in future.


    Susanne Ewenstein

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    Susanne is the Project Manager at Little Sun Foundation. After being a Little Sun representative in South Africa for several years, Susanne has recently joined the Little Sun team in Berlin to look after the foundation’s impact projects in Africa. She works together with local partners to bring solar light and phone charging to refugee camps and to students in areas with no reliable power.

    Rabea Koss

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    Rabea Koss is the Communications Director of Berlin-based global project Little Sun, founded by world-renowned artist Olafur Eliasson. Launched in 2012 at London’s Tate Modern, Little Sun brings clean, reliable, affordable energy to the 1.1 billion people in the world living without electricity while raising awareness for energy access and climate action worldwide through school workshops, artistic activities and creative campaigns. She also serves as spokesperson for Klimanotstand Berlin, a local citizen’s initiative which led to Berlin recognizing the climate emergency in December 2019.

    Nadja Lischewski

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    Nadja Lischewski studied communication and political science and psychology (M.A.). She worked as a producer of documentaries for ARD, ZDF, arte and others. Since 2019, she is a project manager in the film industry department of Deutsche Welle Akademie where she is in charge of various film projects in South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda and Morocco to strengthen local film industries through capacity building and to promote the freedom of expression.

    Sigrun Neisen

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    Since 2018, Sigrun Neisen has been the head of projects in the film industry department of the Deutsche Welle Akademie, where she is responsible for the supervision of projects and strategic developments. Their aim is to strengthen local film industries through capacity building and the promotion of freedom of expression. Previously she has been the project manager in the Asia and Europe division of the Deutsche Welle Akademie and producer and programme manager for RTL, UFA and others.

    Thomas Sabel

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    After being the head of on air and creative director of MTV Networks Europe/Nickelodeon and Comedy Central in London and Berlin, Thomas Sabel has worked as a freelance director/producer and creative director of one/one-studio since 2007. He is a project manager at Deutsche Welle Akademie in the film industry department and is responsible for country studies and inter-divisional projects with a regional focus on Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Latin America, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia.

    Dorothee Wenner

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    Dorothee Wenner is a filmmaker, film programmer and writer. She serves as the Berlinale delegate for cinemas from Sub-Saharan Africa. She is also a founding jury member of the Africa Movie Academy Awards.