Author: susan gluth


Gestorben wird Morgen

There is a place in Arizona, so peaceful, people come there to die. It’s a retirement community, in the middle of the desert, especially designed for seniors, with palm trees and bungalows, blue skies, red sunsets, tons of pharmacies and extra wide streets for a comfortable ride in your golf cart! In this sunny paradise, we see all the different shades of aging: as a state of excitement, fear, joy and pain. Everyone living here has to find their own way to deal with life while facing death: Olive has kept her humour, even though her body is limiting her life. She still sings, still goes for a walk, still dances with her hoover in the living room, and she is still looking for her roller blades, which remind her of good times but which she can’t use anymore. What Olive is not willing to accept, is her daughter treating her like she has Alzheimer’s. Who diagnosed that? Aging is a condition where “aches and pains are part of the deal”, as Jim states. On …



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 …