Laura Coppens

Laura Coppens

Germany

Laura Coppens is a social anthropologist, documentary filmmaker and curator from Berlin and is currently based in Bern, Switzerland. She received her Ph.D. through the University Research Priority Program Asia and Europe, University of Zurich in 2014. In the same year she joined the Institute of Social Anthropology at the University of Bern as a research assistant, teaching ethnographic media, documentary film-making, gender and sexuality as well as alternative economies. Laura lived and conducted fieldwork in Cuba, Australia, Indonesia and France. Her Ph.D. film project CHILDREN OF SRIKANDI (2012) premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and subsequently has been screened at international film festivals including the Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival, San Diego Asian Film Festival, Barcelona International Women’s Film Festival, Frameline, Outfest, Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival, among others. In addition, CHILDREN OF SRIKANDI won several awards like the International Jury Award for Best Documentary at the 2013 Identities Queer Film Festival in Vienna. Apart from teaching and making films, Laura also worked as the head programmer of the Southeast Asia section as well as the Queer Asia section of ASIAN HOT SHOTS BERLIN, a festival for Asian independent film and video art in Berlin. As film curator, Laura served on several film festival juries like, the Berlinale Teddy Award Jury. The documentary feature TASTE OF HOPE is Laura’s debut as sole director.