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Documentary film director awarded with the Student Academy Award. Broadcasts on Netflix, Sky, Amazon Prime, Sooner, ZDF and Deutsche Welle, among others. Author, director and cameraman of the cinema documentary MEIN FREMDES LAND as well as author and director of the Sky Originals documentary series 22. JULI  – DIE SCHÜSSE VON MÜNCHEN.


Born and raised in Berlin. Master's degree in Political Science, History and Romance Studies from the University of Bonn. In 2010 Preuss begins working as a filmmaker for development cooperation projects, primarily on behalf of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). Within this framework, Preuss produces films in Ghana, Nigeria, Mexico and Malawi.

2014 graduation with diploma from Freie Journalistenschule Berlin (FJS) and admission to the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg (FABW) in the course Directing/ TV Journalism. Preuss's first self-relient FABW production is GALAMSEY – a 28-minute documentary about illegal gold mining in Ghana. In 2017 the film wins a Student Academy Award. It's the first time the renowned Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science awards a German production in the category 'International Documentary Film'.

Preuss' second FABW film is the 50-minute documentary CARRETERA AUSTRAL about a controversial road construction project through the jungle, fjords and mountains of Patagonia. In 2018, the german public broadcaster ZDF airs the film in an edited version under the title "Auf Straße 7 ins Herz von Patagonien". The German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle subsequently includes the film in English and Spanish language versions in its worldwide programme.


Graduation from film academy with the 65-minute documentary NOLLYWOOD about the film industry in Nigeria. In 2020 Deutsche Welle releases the film internationally in various languages and Hong Kong public broadcaster RTHK creates a Cantonese-language version. Since October 2022 the film is streaming on Netflix.


In 2019 Preuss co-founds the production enterprise DOKblick. The first production is the 94-minute cinema documentary MEIN FREMDES LAND, a co-production with SWR and Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg (MFG). In June 2022, Arsenal Filmverleih releases the documentary in German cinemas. National public radio station Deutschlandfunk praises: "An emotional rollercoaster ride that hasn't been seen in cinemas for a long time - outstanding!"

In 2020 the collaboration with Constantin Dokumentation begins with the production of the documentary series 22. JULI  – DIE SCHÜSSE VON MÜNCHEN. The four-part documentary series about a mass shooting incident at a Munich shopping centre is released as a Sky Original in July 2022 . The German newspaper Berliner Tagesspiegel writes: "An equally clever and exciting piece of television."






 Johannes Preuss

Innsbrucker Str. 25

10825 Berlin

+49 (0)1525 703 0879






NOLLYWOOD released on Netflix


22. JULI released on Sky and Wow


MEIN FREMDES LAND released in German cinema by Arsenal Filmverleih




MEIN FREMDES LAND awarded Best Documentary at Filmschau Baden-Württemberg 2021


Premiere of MEIN FREMDES LAND at Hof International Film Festival 2021

May 2021

NOLLYWOOD and GALAMSEY released on VoD platform Sooner


GALAMSEY released in German and English on Amazon Prime



Nov. 2020

NOLLYWOOD released in English on South African VoD platform Showmax

Oct. 2020

NOLLYWOOD released in a 50-minute version on Deutsche Welle's international progam in English and Spanish 

Sep. 2020

NOLLYWOOD released in Cantonese on Radio Television Hong Kong 




CARRETERA AUSTRAL published in the international program of Deutsche Welle; English version title: "On Route 7 into the Heart of Patagonia"; title of the Spanish version: "Rumbo al Corazón de la Patagonia"




Work show at the SWR Doku Festival 2018; presentation of GALAMSEY and a rough cut version of NOLLYWOOD moderated by Denis Scheck


African premiere of GALAMSEY at the Goethe-Institut in Accra in the presence of the Ghanaian Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation Prof. Frimpong Boateng


CARRETERA AUSTRAL released on German public television station ZDF in a 44-minute version entitled "Auf Straße 7 ins Herz von Patagonien"




GALAMSEY wins the Golden Student Academy Award for Best International Documentary in Los Angeles; for the first time this prize goes to a German production


GALAMSEY shortlisted for BAFTA Student Film Awards 2017




ARZT DER REVOLUTION published on Süddeutsche under the title "Syrischer Arzt findet Asyl in Deutschland" as part of a series about refugee and asylum

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