Michael Oppitz is a German director, producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for his documentaries and short films, which are often focused on social and political issues.
Oppitz was born in 1951 in Würzburg, Germany. He studied Political Science at the University of Munich before deciding to pursue a career in filmmaking. In 1976, Oppitz began his career as an assistant director on the short film, Der Tod des Studenten, which was directed by Willy Praml.
Oppitz's first feature film, The Silence of the Birds, was released in 1981. The film was a critical success and won several awards, including the Bavarian Film Prize.
In 1986, Oppitz wrote and directed his second feature film, The White Rose. The film was based on the true story of a group of students who formed a resistance movement against the Nazi regime in Germany. The White Rose was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Screenplay.
Oppitz has also written and directed several documentary films, including Theodor Lessing (1995), In the Shadow of the Father (1998), and The Earth and the Sky (2006). His documentaries often focus on topics such as poverty, war, and civil rights.
Oppitz has won several awards for his work, including the German Film Award in 1994 for his documentary, Theodor Lessing. He was also nominated for an Emmy Award for his documentary, In the Shadow of the Father.
Oppitz is currently living in Munich, Germany. He continues to write and direct films, and is currently working on a new documentary about the history of German Jews.
Throughout his career, Michael Oppitz has demonstrated a commitment to telling stories that are often overlooked or forgotten. His work has been praised for its insight into social and political issues, and for the way it has shed light on important historical moments.