Brenda Akele Jorde (1993, Hamburg, Germany) got interested in documentary film during her undergraduate studies (Media Studies at the Film University of Potsdam). Her final project included the short documentary film portrait VA-BENE which was screened at festivals around the world and which encouraged her to pursue a career as a documentary filmmaker. From 2018 until 2022 she studied Documentary Film Directing (MA) at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf and shot A WAY OF BREATHING (2020) in Iran and STICK OF JOY (2020) in Berlin. Her films so far deal with self empowerment through art, queerness or effects of migration for the individual. THE HOMES WE CARRY is her feature documentary film debut and her master’s film project at the University. 2023 RTL+ released the Documentary Series FAMILY OF CHOICE which Brenda directed. Brenda also works on film festivals in Berlin and as a circus pedagogue in social institutions.