Jakob Preuss, born 1975 in Berlin, is a documentary filmmaker. His films, shot in Iran, Bosnia, and Ukraine, have been broadcast in over ten countries and screened at numerous festivals. His last film “The Other Chelsea” won the First Steps-Award and the Grimme-Award in Germany. In addition to his activities as a filmmaker, Jakob Preuss is also engaged in political work.
He coordinated the writing of the electoral manifesto of Bündnis 90/ The Greens for the 2014 European Elections and has worked as an adviser on European Affairs for the Greens’ parliamentary group at the German Bundestag. In the past he has also worked as desk-officer for the Commonwealth of Independent States at the NGO “Reporters without Borders” and participated in numerous Election Observation Missions mostly in the former Soviet Union and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
In 2014 Jakob co-founded the initiative GehtAuchAnders (www.geht-auch-anders.de), whereby artists engage with political issues and take a stance. Since 2014, he is regularly invited to speak as a migration expert, direct result of the four years of research conducted for “When Paul came over the Sea”.
Jakob Preuss holds a law degree from the Sorbonne in Paris and a Masters degree from the College of Europe, Natolin.
Filmography (feature length)
„The Other Chelsea“, 89min, premiered at IDFA 2010
Max-Ophüls-Award 2011 (Best Documentary),
First Steps Award, Grimme-Award 2012
“When Paul came over the Sea”, 97min
National Premiere at Max-Ophüls-Preis, Saarbrücken &
International Premiere at IFFR
Als Paul über das Meer kam –
Tagebuch einer Begegnung
When Paul came over the Sea –
Journal of an Encounter
Written & directed by:
Juan Sarmiento G.
Franziska von Berlepsch, Karoline Vielemeyer
Jakob D. Weydemann, Jonas Weydemann
Diana Kraus, Milena Seyberth
A Weydemann Bros. GmbH production
in co-production with
ZDF – Das kleine Fernsehspiel.
The film was supported by
Film- und Medienstiftung NRW and Nordmedia
Length: 97 Min.
Country of production: Deutschland
Year of production: 2017
Languages: German, French, Spanish
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