Nana Benz

Original Title: Nana Benz

technical information

2012; Germany; Documentary, History; 87 minutes; HDCAM-SR; 1:1.77 (16:9); 5.1 mix; Original Language: English, French, German; Subtitles: English


Thomas Böltken
Thomas Böltken
Thomas Böltken
Brigitta Tauchner
Aly Keita
Production Company
Stefan Schneider
Manuel Laval, André Reichow
  • Thomas Böltken

Thomas Böltken

Thomas Böltken was born in Duesseldorf, West-Germany in 1971. He grew up in Ivory Coast, West-Africa, and studied film-sciences, psychology and English at the Ruhr-Universität-Bochum, Germany. After University he played the drums for the American band KOOL ADE ACID TEST, recording three albums and touring for several years, but his passion for film and the life on a set forced him to spend more time in the industry. He earned his first money in this business as a light technician. T. Böltken shot his first documentary HISTORIAS DE ARRIBA Y ABAJO in Bolivia, which was screened in competition at the festivals of La Habana and Malaga in 2006.

Since then Böltken has worked as a script developer, screenwriter and consultant. In 2009 he held a workshop at the Goethe Institute Lomé (Togo), where he worked with young filmmakers and shot a series of short documentaries. Since 2012 he is lecturing documentary filmmaking for journalism students (B.A.) at the Macromedia University for Media and Communication in Berlin and working as a documentary filmmaker and as a screenwriter for fiction film. The shooting of his next full-length documentary will probably start in 2014, in the African Sahel-region.

Selective Filmography

Feature Film
Mr. Nobody
Feature Documentary
Historias de Arriba y Abajo
TV Series
Mein Leben & ich
photo of Thomas Böltken
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