Author & director

Maria Brendle

completed her Bachelor degree of Arts in 2013 at the University of Arts in Zurich, Switzerland. Her graduate film BLIND PASSENGER has won several awards at various international festivals, such as Best Script Writer at the Shanghai International Film Festival and Best Live Action Short at the Oscar-qualifying Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. Thereafter, she worked for various feature films for TV and the cinema. Maria received a scholarship for the Munich Screenplay Workshop and is currently working as an author and director. In April 2019 her short story «The Journey to Happiness» will be published through the publisher net-Verlag.

Producer Filmgerberei

Nadine Luechinger

graduated in 2010 in ethnology, economy and politics from the University of Zurich. For her thesis she realized the documentary LIFE IN SOAP BUBBLES as an autodidact, thereby launching her film career. The film won two awards and was shown at various national and international festivals. 2011 she started working in the field of film production in different Swiss production companies. Since 2014 she has been producing short films, feature films and documentaries at Filmgerberei in Zurich.
nl@filmgerberei.ch

Producer Filmgerberei

Flavio Gerber

founded the film production company Filmgerberei GmbH in 2008 together with his brother Silvio Gerber. As a producer and director he realizes documentaries and feature films as well as corporate films and commercials. His passion has always been devoted to the extraordinary and unheard stories of this world.
fg@filmgerberei.ch

Assistant director

Cosima Frei

discovered her interest in film during an exchange year in New Zealand and completed her master's degree in directing at the Zurich University of Arts in 2017. Currently, she is working on different projects as a director and assistant director while writing the script for her next feature film.

Fixer in Kyrgyzstan

Nadine Boller

grew up in Switzerland and is currently living in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. In 2013 she completed her master's degree in film sciences and English linguistics at the University of Lausanne. Thereafter, she took a intensive fulltime course in documentaries at the Met Film School in Berlin. As a filmmaker and camerawoman she has already realized various projects in Kyrgyzstan with a focus on cultural and social topics.

Service production Kyrgyzstan

Cholponai Borubaeva

completed her education in film directing in the department of theatre and cinema at the Kyrgyz State Institute of Art. As an author and director she has produced various short films and has worked for many films as assistant director.

Expert for Central Asian cultures

Mahabat Sadyrbek

has studied the legal system of Kyrgyzstan for many years. Her dissertation (Institute of Central Asian Studies, Humboldt University Berlin) is a broad and empirically-based survey of the spectrum of available avenues by which people in Kyrgyzstan systematically address challenging problems and seek justice, redress, punishment, compensation, readjustment of relations or closure in relation to disputes, violence, accidents, crimes, and trouble-cases. As a native Kyrgyz woman she knows the country at first hand. Today she works as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute in Halle.