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Matti Bauer studied cultural anthropology at the LMU in Munich. After two years of field research in Amazonia and Central Brazil he began writing as a freelance author for magazines and broadcast companies and worked as an editor of more than 30 documentaries. He began directing his own films in 1993, focussing on the people of Bavaria, anthropological film essays and music documentaries, most of them produced by Tangram, the production company of his brother Christian Bauer. His feature-length documentary on the Domspatzen, the famous boys choir in Regensburg, won the Bayerischer Fernsehpreis 2009. Matti Bauer lives in Munich, Germany.