Born in Mönchengladbach, Germany in 1954, she studied literature in Marburg/Lahn, graduating in 1982. She worked with video from 1976 and founded the Hyäne/Hyena film production company with Elfi Mikesch in 1984. She has directed numerous award-winning films about feminism, gender, sexuality and human rights in countries such as the USA, Brazil and Taiwan. Her comedy My Father is Coming (1991) was followed by a number of documentaries including Das rohe und das gekochte (The Rawand and the Cooked) which screened in Culinary Cinema in 2012. She also lectures at colleges and universities.