Harun Farocki

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Farocki in 2013

Harun Farocki (9 January 1944 – 30 July 2014) was a German filmmaker, author, and lecturer in film.[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 the family resettled in Hamburg in 1958.

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 1974 to 1984, when its publication ceased, he edited the magazine Filmkritik.

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 died unexpectedly on 30 July 2014, aged 70.


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