Helma Sanders-Brahms (born 20 November 1940) is a German film director, screenwriter, producer and actress.
She studied acting then German and English. She first worked in TV and then trained as a film director with Sergio Corbucci and Pier Paolo Pasolini making a large number of films often commissioned by German television. She came to prominence during the period of the New German Cinema. In Britain she is perhaps best known for Shirin's Wedding. She was also involved in the collaborative Lumière and Company. Her 1980 film Germany, Pale Mother was entered into the 30th Berlin International Film Festival. In 1982, she was a member of the jury at the 32nd Berlin International Film Festival.
The 2008 Geliebte Clara ("Beloved Clara") is about pianist Clara Schumann and her marriage with the composer Robert Schumann.