Daniel Andreas Sager is a Film Director, Journalist and Producer. He has directed Cinema and TV-Documentaries in Iraq, Iran, South Sudan, Sudan, Kenya, Mauritania, Mexico and other countries. In his films Daniel brings personal stories with deep political context by means of unconventional imagery to life. His genuine affinity with people, coupled with a mature grasp of narrative, has led to individual handwriting and films of cinematic style. For his films Daniel has received international awards.
His new film BEHIND THE HEADLINES about the investigative journalists of the Süddeutsche Zeitung and their global researches was shown at Filmfestivals like CPH:Dox and HotDocs, opened the DokFest München and is shortlisted for the German Film Award (Deutscher Filmpreis). It was released in German, Austrian and Swiss cinemas in September 2021.
As a Journalist Daniel reports for different international television broadcasters. He reported from Iraq on the fight against ISIS, the US-Mexican boarder about human trafficking, from Iran about the strict social media policy, from Kenya about international drug dealers and slum gangs, from Mauritania about the life in the Sahara Desert or from Germany about corona patients in a lung clinic on the coast of the Baltic Sea.
Daniel graduated from the renowned Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg and was awarded a scholarship to study one year at the UCINE in Buenos Aires. Before he studied Social Anthropology and Philosophy in Leipzig, Germany.
ZDF, ARTE, Sky/Sky Documentary. Deutsche Welle, SRF, 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