(c) Elsa Okazaki
studied African and Gender Studies at the University of Vienna and Leiden in the Netherlands and has since worked at the intersection of film, art, culture and science, amongst others for Wiener Festwochen, the University of Arts Linz and the Austrian National Broadcasting Company ORF. She has led numerous interdisciplinary projects between Vienna, the Caucasus, China and Sub-Saharan Africa, was a radio journalist at Ö1 and executive director at Oikodrom - The Vienna Institute for Urban Sustainability, which co-developed the film projects "In the Beginning was the Eye" and "Mappa Mundi" by Bady Minck.
Since her first feature-length film project "Bunica" (2005, world premiere: Competition Nyon, directed together with Elke Groen) - a portrait of her Romanian grandmother and an image of Romania ten years after the revolution - she has been working as a dramaturge, author, developer and director for documentaries. The focus of her film work lies on political and social transformation processes. Feminist themes and the effects of gender relations on the lives of men and women worldwide always play a role, as much as questions related to strong sustainability and desirable future scenarios.
She has been working with Amour Fou since 2005 and is responsible for the development and supervision of documentary film projects and hybrid projects since 2021.