Born in Vienna in 1973, Barbara Wurm studied Russian and German Studies as well as Comparative Literature in Vienna, Innsbruck, Warsaw, Moscow and Munich, and is now teaching Slavic Literature and Film at the Humboldt University in Berlin. She recently completed her PhD with a study on the Soviet Kulturfilm of the 1920s, has co-edited two books on Dzyga Vertov, and published several articles in the field of Russian and Soviet media, film and literature. Besides her academic interests, she has worked as a freelance critic (for Taz, epd Film, Ray, kolik.film, Senses of Cinema, Filmdienst, Cargo and Sight & Sound) and as a curator for several film festivals (goEast and Dok Leipzig) and cinematheques. Barbara has been working for DOK Leipzig since 2000 in several fields – as head of the guest office, moderator, curator and member of the selection committee. At present she is an advisor to the programming commission, with a focus on Russia and the former Soviet Union.