Trampe, Tamara


Tamara Trampe was born in 1942 in Voronezh, Russia; her family moved to East Germany when she was seven. She studied German Language and Literature at Rostock University. From 1967 to 1970, she was a cultural editor for the youth paper Forum. She was employed at the DEFA Studio for Feature Films as a dramaturg from 1970 until it closed in 1990; from time to time during this period, she also worked as a co-scriptwriter and director at the DEFA Documentary Film Studio.


Since 1990, Trampe has worked as a freelance director, dramaturg and author. She has also taught at various film academies, including the German Academy for Film and Television in Berlin, the Academy for Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg, and the Academy for Film of North Rhine–Westphalia. She is the co-director of remarkable, award-winning documentaries, including: her cinematic declaration of love to people living in Berlin, Wiegenlieder; a look at Russian soldiers sent to Chechnya, Weiße Raben-Alptraum Tschetschenien; and Der schwarze Kasten, a documentary about a former high-ranking Stasi officer who trained spies. She has shared the directorship for most of her films with director and cameraman Johann Feindt.

Festivals & Awards:

2005 Best German Documentary at Film Week Duisburg for Weiße Raben-Alptraum Tschetschenien
1992 German Film Award in Gold nominee for Der schwarze Kasten


D = Dramaturg | F = Director


2010 Wiegenlieder (Lullaby, doc., co-F)
2009 Die Eroberung der inneren Freiheit (The Conquest of Inner Freedom, D, doc.)
2005 Weiße Raben – Alptraum Tschetschenien (White Ravens: Nightmare in Chechnya, co-F, doc.)
1992 Rodina heißt Heimat (Rodina Means Homeland, D, doc.)
1991 Miraculi (D)
1990 Der Strass (The Rhinestone, D)
1990 Der schwarze Kasten (Black Box, co-F, D, doc.)
1989 Über die Grenzen (Over the Borders, D)
1986 Ich war einmal ein Kind (Once I Was a Child, F, doc.)
1985 Junge Leute in der Stadt (Young People in the City, D)
1982 Einer vom Rummel (The Fairground Boy, D)
1981 Wäre die Erde nicht rund (Were the Earth Not Round, D)
1981 Bürgschaft für ein Jahr (On Probation, D)
1979 Alle meine Mädchen (All My Girls, D)
1978 Der Übergang (The Border Crossing, D)
1974 Untergang der Emma (The Sinking of the Emma, D) 

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