Beate Engelbrecht studied in anthropology, sociology and economics. She worked in the Museum der Kulturen Basel and taught anthropology at the universities of Basel and Göttingen. For 25 years she worked at the Institute for Scientific Film in Göttingen as a filmmaker, producer of films, and teacher of Visual Anthropology. For her films, she received several film award. She co-founded the German International Ethnographic Film Festival (GIEFF) in 1993 and the online journal AnthroVision in 2013 published by the Visual Anthropology Network of EASA. Nowadays she works freelance as filmmaker, director of AnthroVision and international coordinator of GIEFF.