Author: susan gluth



Chitwan is part of the western Terai in Nepal. Tharuland. Well known for it's Royal National Park where you can explore the wilderness by feet and met easily hundreds of birds species, rhinos, elephants and tigers. Not every encounter will be survived, but mostly people are lucky. When I visited the area in December 2016, I focussed on Rapti-river and the Tharu living there. People are washing themselves, their clothes and cars in the water. Elephants come for a bath frequently. Men are fishing and women harvesting snails. Everyday life.  One morning I stood at the riverbank and Salina, 11 years old  invited me spontaneously for tea with her family while she and her brother prepared for school. We couldn't speak to each other, I only know some nepali words but we found a way to communicate. It was a very happy start into a new morning.

Life & Work

photography by doro carl, Hamburg   About the camerawoman, director and producer susan was born in Hamburg, Germany. Before studying at the Academy of Film and Television in Munich in 1995, susan joined practical training as a forest ranger, cook and a veterinarian in the 1980ies. After secondary school and studying business and commerce in Hamburg she went in 1990 for longer stays in Italy and France, developing her horsebackriding and photographic skills. In the early nineties susan explored the advertising business, working with filmproductions and photographers. From 1993-1997 she was travelling the world taping the sound for TV-features. At the filmacademy (1995-2002) susan became deeply impressed by the neorealistic italian epoque and the social and artistic aspects in films by Raymond Depardon and Ken Loach (spending a week of lectures with Loach himself). In combination with lessons by journalist Gerd Ruge (who arranged practical training as correspondent-trainee in the studios of ARD and ZDF in Nairobi, Kenia) she explored a wide branch of possibilities how to tell stories in pictures and sounds. At HFF …


2011-2016    Urmila - my memory is my power 87 min., HD, Dir: susan gluth, Prod: gluthfilm, zero fiction film GmbH 2004-2014    Playing Hooky - getting old is not for sissies 100 min., HD, Dir: susan gluth, Prod: gluthfilm 2014    Riebesehl, Gauditz, Giesel - die Spectrum Photogallerie 15 min., HD, Dir: Lars Tredup, client: Collection Regard, Berlin 2011    Familienriss 90 min., HD, Dir: Catherine Menschner, Prod: majade, Leipzig 2010    Fürstliche Orangeriekultur 12 min., HD, Prod. and Dir: Ysabel Fantou, München client: Bayerische Schlösser- und Seenverwaltung 2009    Heimatbilder 29x15 min., HD, Dir: diverse, Prod: Inter/Aktion, München, BR, BRalpha 2009    Pilawas Welt von morgen 75 min., HD, Dir: and Prod: Dethlev Cordts, Hamburg, ARD 2009    EADS-Airbus, une affaire d'Etats 90 min., HD, Dir: Fréderic Compain, Paris, ARTE, France Telèvisions, France 3 2009    Das Hüsselhuus - ein wunderbarer Ort 30 min., dv-cam, Prod. and Dir: Claudia Déja, Hamburg, client: Herbstzeitlose e.V. 2007-2008    Wasser und Seife / Soap and Water 90 min., DVCproHD and mini dv, copy: 35mm, HDSR Dir: s. gluth, Prod: gluthfilm in Coproduktion with ZDF / Das …

Magnum Photos

One of the most impressive documentary film shootings for me was at the agency MAGNUM PHOTOS in Paris in 1998. Photographs I have seen a thousand times were on the table in it’s original form as photographic negatives. In every little angle in this kingdom of pictures I could feel the energy of Capa and Cartier-Bresson and all the others. One day we were invited by HCB for lunch. I remember a light flooded apartment above the Tuilleries gardens and a little old man asking me to sit next to him. He was one of the most funny and at the same time decent hosts I ever met. Finally he gave me a little buddhist book and told me to read it over and over again. What I still do, until today. “Magnum is a community of thought, a shared human quality, a curiosity about what is going on in the world, a respect for what is going on and a desire to transcribe it visually” – Henri Cartier-Bresson


Urmila – my memory is my power

Urmila wants to change Nepal. This young woman fights with admirable energy against centuries-old social structures. She has but one goal: the end of child slavery. Her political activities drive her to assume responsibility for others, but must also think of herself.