Biography: Marianne Gysae was born in 1955 in Hamm, Westphalia in Germany. She holds a master’s degree in Media Education from the PH in Freiburg (University of Education) and trained in conflict resolution in Birmingham, England. She has been involved in media for development projects in Southern Africa for more than 20 years, writing, producing und using print media and film. In addition, Gysae was the media outreach advisor for the Steps for the Future HIV and AIDS documentary project (Forum 2002). She co-directed the film Baraka in 2008.