Jana Papenbroock is an Iranian-German filmmaker, videographer & writer who grew up in New York, studied art & film with a focus on ethnographic, documentary & experimental modes of practice in Paris, Hamburg & Cologne & is currently based in Berlin.

Her video & film works revolve around themes of representation, subjectivisation, variant understandings of the social & participatory & cooperative forms of collaboration. They have been shown in galleries & exhibition spaces around the world like the Artist Television Space (San Francisco), Nikolaj Kunsthal (Copenhagen), NRW-Forum (Düsseldorf), Echo Park Film Center (Los Angeles), the European Parliament in Brussels and international film festivals.

She has worked as a publisher, editor & writer for artist publications & especially enjoys collaborating with other artists, like Julia Holter, Scott Cazan, The Shlumpers (a Hamburg based atelier community of artists with disabilities), Azdar Theatre Group from Kabul & many more on unlikely & Sisyphean projects.


Screening of Why is Mr W. Laughing? at Document International Human Rights Film Festival, Glasgow, October 2017
Screening of Why is Mr W. Laughing? at One with a Movie Camera International Ethnographic Film Festival, Marburg, October 2017
Screening of Artists from Below at Dezernat 5, Gallery for Contemporary Art Schwerin, November 2017
Performance of Knigge in Kabul at Hans Otto Theater, Potsdam, December 2018
Screening of Why is Mr W. Laughing? at Dokumentarfilmsalon, Hamburg, January 2018


Berliner Volkssolidarität, October 2017
Heimathafen, Berlin, October 2017
Kunstgriff Film Festival, Dithmarschen, September 2017
Das Gift, Berlin, September 2017
NAFA Filmfestival Aarhus, August 2017
Fünf Seen Filmfestival, July 2017
Open Eyes Filmfest Marburg, July 2017
Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival, Armenia, July 2017
International Film Festival Emden-Norderney, June 2017
Oktoskop, Vienna, June 2017
Filmkunstfest MV, Schwerin, May 2017
Ethnocineca International Documentary Film Festival, Vienna, May 2017
This Human World, International Documentary Film Festival, December Vienna 2016
Le Guess Who, Utrecht, November 2016
Tojo Theatre, Bern, November 2015
NK Projects, Berlin, October 2014
Westpol Airspace, Leipzig, September 2013
Artist's Television Space, San Francisco, August 2013
Feed Soundspace, Berlin, July 2012
Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg, June 2012
Arte Creative, June 2012
Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles, May 2011
Festival Internazionale del Film di Roma, May 2011
Los Angeles Road Concerts, Los Angeles, April 2011
Document at Bruxelles Congres, Brüssel, April 2011
Unlike Gallery, Berlin, March 2011
Human Ressources, Los Angeles, February 2011
Centrum Sztuki Wspólczesnej Lazna, Gdansk, December 2010
Centrum Kultury Zamek, Poznan, November 2010
Ballroom at Art Cologne, Köln, October 2010
Ausland, Berlin, September 2010
104 Centquatre Paris, September 2009
Istanbul Modern Art Museum, August 2009
Calarts Los Angeles, August 2009
Pact Zollverein, July 2009
Galeria Sztuki Mediów Asp, Warsaw, June 2009
Kunstbygning, Aarhus, May 2008
Kunsthallen Nikolaj, Copenhagen, May 2008
Intro Gallery, Vilnius, March 2007
Kunsthaus Hamburg, March 2007
Kunstihoone Galerii, Tallinn, February 2007
Europaparlament, Salle Yehudi Menuhin, Brussels, December 2006
NRW-Forum, Düsseldorf, November 2006
Kunsthalle Mannheim, October 2005


Second Prize Audience Award & Jury Award at Kunstgriff Film Festival, Heide, 2017
First Prize 'Best Documentary' at Open Eyes Film Festival Marburg, 2017
Nomination Excellence in Visual Anthropology, Eva Award Vienna, 2017
Liebelt Stiftung, project grant, 2016
Kulturbehörde Hamburg, project grant, 2015
Freunde der Heinrich Böll Stiftung, project grant 2014
BKM, screenwriting grant, 2013
Ekran screenwriting program supported by Wajda School, Polish Film Institute & MEDIA EU, 2011
Film Foundation NRW, screenwriting grant, 2011
Feldstärke, residency program at Centquatre Paris,
Pact Zollverein, Essen & CalArts, Los Angeles 2009
Art Academy Vilnius, residency, Lithuania, 2006
Guillaume Apollinaire Prize, Hamburg, 2003
Robert Bosch Stiftung, prize, Hamburg, 2002

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