Ebbo Demant

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Ebbo Demant (born February 16, 1943 in Berlin ) is a German documentary film writer , director , journalist and university lecturer .


Ebbo Demant attended schools in Stade and Freiburg im Breisgau . After graduating from high school, he did military service in the armed forces and finished as a reserve officer. He then studied journalism , history and political science at the Free University of Berlin . There he received his doctorate for a thesis on Hans Zehrer and national conservatism in German journalism. phil. Since 1970 he has been with Südwestfunk , initially as a reporter and editor in the main department "FS Information". He later became a member of the editorial team of the ARD magazine Report and writer of documentaries and features. From 1986 to 1996 he headed the cultural television department, where he was, among other things, editorially responsible for the series “People and Streets”, “Targets”, “The Documentary Film”, “European Cultural Portraits”, “Islands”, “ Baden-Baden dispute ”. From 1996 to 2008 he was the chief culture reporter for Südwestrundfunk .

Demant has been a lecturer at the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy since its inception and then professor for documentary film. He has been a member of the Berlin Academy of the Arts since 1996 , film and media art section, and has been in charge of the SWR debut series "Young Documentary", which he co-founded.

In 1977 Demant was awarded the Development Policy Media Prize. In 1978 he was honored with the Adolf Grimme Prize . In 1979 he received the Documentary Award at the 16th Chicago Film Festival . In 1994 the German Television Prize followed and in 2005 the Adolf Grimme Prize for Neruda again . From 2011 to 2018 he organized a “Summer Academy Docfilm” in Laos in collaboration with the NGO PADETC / DOKLAO and with the support of “Bread for the World” and “GIZ”.

Demant has a daughter and lives near Baden-Baden.

Filmography (selection)

  • 1973: When we came, we cried. A family of emigrants and the reality of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • 1974: Revolution in prosperity. The Baader-Meinhof case
  • 1975: Hero without action. The Daubmann case
  • 1975: Traces of the dictatorship. Greece a year later
  • 1976: Ways out of danger. Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker
  • 1976: Helmut Kohl
  • 1977: A rose is a rose is a rose. A murder is a murder is a murder. The case of Alekos Panagoulis (nomination for the Prix Italia)
  • 1977: Poverty without a way out (honorable recognition at the Adolf Grimme Prize, German Journalist Prize for Development Policy)
  • 1978: GDR artist: Thomas Brasch
  • 1978: Hunger in the Sahel
  • 1978: Green List Environmental Protection
  • 1978: Lodz Film School
  • 1978: pity died. Pier Paolo Pasolini and Italy (nomination for the Adolf Grimme Prize)
  • 1979: Lagerstraße Auschwitz (Prize of the Chicago International Film Festival, film collection of the Museum of Modern Art New York and the Jewish Museum New York, Berlin International Film Festival and others)
  • 1979: Development aid models
  • 1979: Ouagadougou market square
  • 1980: Landstraße Evora (nomination for the Adolf Grimme Prize)
  • 1980: Where everyone goes naked, you laugh at the one in the shirt. Make fashion
  • 1980: And they were dead immediately. Three Auschwitz perpetrators speak
  • 1981: Mogadishu airfield (nomination for the Adolf Grimme Prize)
  • 1981: If you don't have the courage to dream, you don't have the strength to fight
  • 1982: Street of Hope. The Juba-Wau-Road in South Sudan
  • 1982: Boxberg test track (nomination for the Adolf Grimme Prize)
  • 1982: From the end of a revolution. The example of the agricultural workers' cooperative “Joaquim do Pomar” in Portugal
  • 1983: Kokrosono in the slum
  • 1984: Zan Pollo. Theater for the street
  • 1984: Getting through the crisis at the blast furnace. Steel workers in Rheinhausen
  • 1985: existence. Get through. Hans Meyer-Hörstgen's trip to Klagenfurt
  • 1985: Mastering the Plague
  • 1986: The addiction to find one's own limit. Ironman in Hawaii
  • 1986: Freedom for Nelson Mandela (nomination for the Adolf Grimme Prize).
  • 1987: In search of lost time. Andrei Tarkovsky's Exile and Death (Berlin International Film Festival, Moscow International Film Festival, Munich International Documentary Film Festival, Leningrad Film Festival, Center Pompidou Paris, etc.)
  • 1987: The water people of Thonburi
  • 1988: Hua Hin. Streets of a youth in Thailand
  • 1989: Malacca Straits
  • 1990: Arcadia
  • 1991: Kampong Mengkabong Borneo
  • 1992: Pangkor Island Road
  • 1992: Carthage-Sidi Bou Said
  • 1993: Ternate
  • 1994: Lamu
  • 1995: The Spice Route. The discovery of the sea route from Europe to Asia
  • 1995: Highway No.3
  • 1995: The Pepper Coast
  • 1995: Bali
  • 1996: Mauritius
  • 1996: Celebes, Sulawesi
  • 1997: Grand Canal
  • 1997: Lembeh Street
  • 1998: Sumatra
  • 1999: Chiloé
  • 1999: Three German murderers. Record of the banality of evil
  • 1999: Flores
  • 1999: Maluku
  • 1999: The Strait of Magellan
  • 2000: Ruta V Panamericana
  • 2000: Lombok
  • 2000: Haenyos, ghosts and shamans
  • 2001: Panamericana Mapuche
  • 2001: Cerro Paranal. The eye of humanity
  • 2001: Phuket
  • 2001: St. Mark's Square
  • 2001: Desert (Berlin International Film Festival, Istanbul Film Festival, São Paulo Film Festival, etc.)
  • 2002: Transatacama Highway
  • 2002: Mapuche. Chiles Indians in battle
  • 2003: Golden Triangle
  • 2003: Highway 107 - The Golden Triangle
  • 2003: Ko Samui
  • 2003: Nightmarket Chiang Mai
  • 2004: The bridge over the Kwai
  • 2004: Michelle Bachelet. Symbol of the new Chile
  • 2004: The carousel of life. The Paseo Ahumada in Santiago de Chile
  • 2004: Neruda (Adolf Grimme Prize)
  • 2005: Carretera Austral
  • 2005: Chao Phraya
  • 2006: sea
  • 2006: Ao Phang Nga
  • 2007: Tierra del Fuego
  • 2007: The road on the Mekong


  • Hans Zehrer as a political publicist. From Schleicher to Springer. Dissertation. Free University of Berlin 1970. Mainz 1971, ISBN 3-7758-0815-9 .
  • Auschwitz - Right off the ramp. Kaduk, Erber, Klehr. Three perpetrators are on record. Rowohlt, Reinbek / Hamburg 1979, ISBN 978-3-499-14438-7 (they are the Auschwitz perpetrators Oswald Kaduk , former SS-Unterscharführer, report and block leader, Josef Erber , former SS-Oberscharführer and Josef Klehr , former SS -Oberscharführer, "senior paramedic / head of the disinfection command")
  • Geen denies Auschwitz. Baarn 1980, ISBN 90-6074-526-4 .
  • In Search Of The Lost Time, The Banishment and Death of Andrei Tarkovsky. In: About Andrei Tarkovsky. Progress Publishers, Moscow 1990, ISBN 5-01-001973-6 .
  • The personal view. Documentaries of the 70s and 80s. In: Strategy of Glances. Constance 1996, ISBN 3-88295-228-8 .


  • Mireille Murkowski: Ebbo Demant: Lagerstraße Auschwitz (1979): Structure and cinematic design. Grin Verlag, Marburg 2006 and 2008 (POD), ISBN 3-640-15416-9
  • Annette Deeken : Land of the Void. 'The Desert' by Ebbo Demant. In: death zones. edition text + kritik, Munich 2009, ISBN 978-3-86916-005-4
  • Annette Insdorf: The New German Guilt. 'Our Street in Auschwitz'. In: Indelible Shadows. Film And The Holocaust. Random House, New York 1983, ISBN 0-394-71464-4

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