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Ute Aurand was born in 1957 in Frankfurt and grew up in Berlin. In the early 1980s she studied film-making at the Deutsche Film und Fernsehakademie in Berlin. Since 1985 she has been producing he own 16mm films. In 1987 she founded “Ute Aurand Filmproduktion”. The film theorist Erika Balsom regards her as the key figure of the Berlin experimental scene from the second half of the 80s up to today. Her films are shown at festivals and in galleries all over the world. The work of Ute Aurand is marked by her specific approach to the medium of movable pictures using the form of „film diaries and portraits“ with a powerful subjective perspective. The principal starting point of her work is the feminist ethos which is present in all her work from the beginning till the presennt. Together with Maria Lang she published a book about female film-makers at the Film University in Berlin called “Women make History-25 Years of Women Students at the dffb”. For almost two decades she worked as a curator responsible for the film program at the cinemas Arsenal and Babylon in Berlin where she introduced only women film-makers.

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