Harun Farocki

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Farocki in 2013

Harun Farocki (9 January 1944 – 30 July 2014) was a German filmmaker.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Farocki was born as Harun El Usman Faroqhi[2] in Neutitschein, Sudetenland. His father, Abdul Qudus Faroqui, had immigrated to Germany from India in the 1920s, his German mother had been evacuated from Berlin due to the Allied bombing of Germany.[3][4] He simplified the spelling of his surname as a young man.[5] After World War II Farocki grew up in India and Indonesia[6][7] before resettling in West Germany.

Farocki, who was deeply influenced by Bertolt Brecht and Jean-Luc Godard, studied at the German Film and Television Academy in West Berlin. He began making films — from the very beginning, they were non-narrative essays on the politics of imagery — in the mid-1960s.[8]

From 1993 to 1999, Farocki taught at the University of California, Berkeley.[9] He later was a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.


He made over 90 films, the vast majority of them short experimental documentaries.

Farocki's work was included in the 2004-05 Carnegie International at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania.[10]

Films (selection)[edit]

(D = Director, E = Editor, S = Screenplay, P = Production)

  • 1969: Die Worte des Vorsitzenden - The Words of The Chairman
  • 1969: Nicht löschbares Feuer - Inextinguishable Fire (D)
  • 1970: Die Teilung aller Tage - The Division of All Days (D, E, S)
  • 1971: Eine Sache, die sich versteht (D, S, P)
  • 1975: Auf Biegen oder Brechen (S)
  • 1978: Zwischen zwei Kriegen - Between Two Wars (D, E, S, P)
  • 1981: Etwas wird sichtbar - Before Your Eyes Vietnam (D, S, P)
  • 1983: Ein Bild - An Image
  • 1983: Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet at work on Franz Kafka's "Amerika"
  • 1985: Betrogen - Betrayed (D, S)
  • 1986: Wie man sieht - As You See (D, S, P)
  • 1987: Bilderkrieg (D)
  • 1987: Die Schulung
  • 1989: Bilder der Welt und Inschrift des Krieges - Images of the World and the Inscription of War (D, S, P)
  • 1990: Leben: BRD - How to live in the Federal Republic of Germany (D, S, P)
  • 1991: Videogramme einer Revolution - Videograms of a Revolution (D, S, P)
  • 1993: Was ist los? - What's up? (D, S)
  • 1994: Die Umschulung
  • 1995: Arbeiter verlassen die Fabrik - Workers Leaving the Factory
  • 1995: Schnittstelle
  • 1996: Die Bewerbung - The Interview (TV) (D, S)
  • 1996: Der Auftritt - The Appearance
  • 1997: Stilleben - Still Life (D, S)
  • 1997: Nach dem Spiel (P)
  • 1998: Worte und Spiele
  • 2000: Die innere Sicherheit
  • 2000: Gefängnisbilder - Prison Images (D, S)
  • 2001: Auge/Maschine
  • 2001: Die Schöpfer der Einkaufswelten - The Creators of the Shopping Worlds (D, S)
  • 2003: Erkennen und Verfolgen (D, S, P)
  • 2004: Nicht ohne Risiko (D, S, P)
  • 2005: Die Hochzeitsfabrik (P)
  • 2005: Ghosts (S)
  • 2006: Am Rand der Städte (P)
  • 2007: Aufschub
  • 2007: Respite - first episode of Memories (Jeonju Digital Project 2007)
  • 2009: Zum Vergleich (D, S)
  • 2009/2010: Serious Games I-IV, Video series
  • 2012 Barbara (S)
  • 2014: Phoenix (S)


Images of the world and the inscription of war and Respite were released on Region 0 DVD on 7 June 2011 by Survivance.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Farocki’s first wife, Ursula Lefkes, whom he married in 1966, died in 1996. His survivors include his second wife, Antje Ehmann, whom he married in 2001; twin daughters from his first marriage, Annabel Lee and Larissa Lu; and eight grandchildren.[12]

External links[edit]

Academic Articles[edit]

Embodied histories. Harun Farocki and Andrei Ujică's Videograms of a Revolution