1962 Born in Kamen, in northwest Germany.
1988 Graduates from Berlin’s Private Actors School and begins performing in theatres throughout the country, eventually landing a role in the hit comedy show Caveman.
2002 Releases his first documentary, Kohleladen Özdemir, about a Turkish family that runs a coal shop in Kreuzberg.
2009 Releases Der Adel vom Görli, about Görlitzer Park and the characters who inhabit it.
2011 Open Souls, about two of Germany’s “brown babies”, is released to the public.