BORN AND RAISED IN HAMBURG
While getting her first degree in media engineering, Wendla also pursued a career as a singer-songwriter. Soon she had earned her engineer diploma, published two EPs, played numerous concerts and was on her way to New York City. There, she worked as a production assistant in different film productions and discovered her true passion: cinematic story-telling.
Back in Hamburg, she studied Visual Communication where her teachers Wim Wenders and Fatih Akin encouraged her to develop her own unique voice as a film-maker. Her graduation film – a feature-length doc about modern Jewish musicians in N.Y.C. - was screened at several international festivals, won numerous awards and was finally broadcast at the Franco-German TV channel arte.
It wasn't long before Wendla also started shooting her first commercials, combining all her skills to tell stories about real people, with a great sense of rhythm and images that are strong, poetic and surprising all at once.
Wendla's work with her protagonists – whether it's garbage men, rabbis, farmers in Burkina Faso or actors - is always straight to the heart. Her special gift is to create authentic encounters for the audience, and films of incredible humanity and great comic tonality.
Three years ago, Wendla finished her second feature-length doc, 'Make Me A Match', about Jewish-Orthodox singles and their matchmakers in Jerusalem, distributed by an Israeli world sales.
Currently, she is in the process of developing two original feature films.