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Daniel Andreas Sager is a film director, documentary filmmaker and producer, having studied film directing at the renowned Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg and at the UCINE in Buenos Aires. 

In recent years he has directed documentaries across the globe, often in crisis areas and war zones such as Ukraine, Iraq, Sudan, South Sudan, Iran or Colombia. He has covered a wide range of subjects, including the fight against ISIS in Iraq, human trafficking on the US-Mexican border, international drug trafficking and slum gangs in Kenya, the violent trail of cocaine production in Colombia, a remote hospital in a region occupied by armed rebels in Sudan, the fight against the youth through its strict social media policy in Iran or the impact of climate change on the nomadic life in the Sahara Desert of Mauritania. 

His latest feature documentary INVENTING TRUTH premiered at the 20th CPH:DOX documentary film festival in Copenhagen and won the German TV Award (Deutscher Fernsehpreis) for best camera. The film delves into one of the biggest media scandals of our time: A DER SPIEGEL star reporter's years-long deception in his global reportages. The film is currently available for streaming on SKY. 

In his films he brings personal stories with deep political context with unconventional imagery to life. His cinema documentary film BEHIND THE HEADLINES about investigative journalists who topple through investigations a European government was shortlisted for the German Film Award (Deutscher Filmpreis) and was shown at international film festivals. It had its theatrical release in 2021 in German, Austrian and Swiss cinemas.

Worked with

ZDF, ARTE, Sky/Sky Documentary, SRF, NZZ, Deutsche Welle,  RBB, SWR2 Radio


Awards & Acknowledgements

Audience Award at Bolzano Filmfestival Bozen, 2022

Shortlisted for Deutscher Filmpreis, Lola 2021

Best Docs 2021, DokFest München, 2021

Juliane Barthels Media Award, Germany, Category: Online, 2017

Best Film Award at the Film Festival de San Lorenzon, Paraguay 2017

Docunexion Scholarship at Documentary Film Festival of Mexico, 2016

Nipkow Scholarship, 2016

Best Director Award at the Film Festival Zimbabwe 2016

Future Docs Scholarship at Watch-Docs Film Festival in Warsaw, 2015

Best Film Award Al Jazeera Film Festival 2014

First Steps Award, Germany 2015

Best Documentary Award at Open Eyes Film Festival, Germany 2014

Best Director Award at Cine Maiubit Film Festival, Rumania 2014

Docu-Village Scholarship at the Film Festival Haifa, Israel 2013

Best Film Award at Kurzsüchtig Film Festival, Germany 2012

Best Film Award at Localize Film Festival, Germany 2011

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