Soleen
Yusef

Soleen Yusef is currently attached to lead direct and write on new series SAM - A SAXON for Disney+; recently announced as one of the streamer’s first greenlit European originals. She has worked as a director for several international series productions such as Amazon’s DEUTSCHLAND 89; the third and final instalment in the Emmy Award-winning ‘Deutschland’ series, and SKYLINES for Netflix.

Soleen was born in Duhok/Iraqi Kurdistan. At the age of nine she and her family had to flee to Germany because of the political circumstances. She graduated high school in Berlin and afterwards attended the Academy of Stage Arts, where she was trained as a singer and actress. Meanwhile she also finished her training as a fashion seamster and tried out her expertise in different creative fields. Eventually she ended up working in the film industry for a few years and was a production and director assistant at Mîtosfilm.

In 2008 she then started studying feature film directing at the Baden-Wurttemberg Film Academy. Her film TRATTORIA, which she had made in her third year, premiered at the 62. Berlin International Film Festival in 2012. Because of her outstanding academic achievements, Soleen Yusef was distinguished with the Germany Scholarship in 2012. She also participated as a Baden-Wurttemberg scholarship holder in the UCLA Workshop at the Film Academy in Los Angeles in 2013. Her graduate feature HOUSE WITHOUT ROOF, which she wrote and directed, shot within and around her hometown Duhok, received multiple awards at International Film Festivals and a German First Steps Award.

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Television

Writer & Director 

Producer Jörg Winger & Tyron Ricketts
Big Window Productions for Disney+

Director 

Creator Anna Winger & Jörg Winger
Starring
  • Jonas Nay
  • Maria Schrader
  • Sylvester Groth
  • UFA Fiction for Amazon Prime
    Skylines
    3 x 50'
    Creator Dennis Schanz
    Starring
  • Peri Baumeister
  • Gia Bay
  • Sahin Eryilmaz
  • Komplizen Film for Netflix
    Producer Viktor Witte & Stefan Retzbach
    Starring
  • Fritz Karl
  • Cornelius Obonya
  • Ulrike C. Tscharre
  • Mona Film Produktion for ServusTV
    Producer Jörg Winger
    Starring
  • Melanie Marschke
  • Marco Girnth
  • UFA Fiction for ZDF

    Film

    Writer & Director 

    Producer Mehmet Aktas & Jana Raschke

    Bratislava International Film Festival – Best Director
    Duhok International Film Festival – Audience Award for the best Kurdish Feature Film
    Winner of German First Steps Award
    Montréal World Film Festival – Grand Prix Special des Amériques

    Mîtosfilm in co-production with SWR/ARTE and Essence Film
    Trattoria
    (Short)
    Producer Jana Raschke & Maximilian Vetter
    Film Academy Baden-Wurttemberg