Burhan Qurbani was born to parents who were political refugees to Germany and grew up in various German cities as his father worked with the US Army. After graduating high school in 2000, he gained experience at theatres in Stuttgart and Hannover and studied directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg from 2002. His graduation film Shahada (2010) was invited to screen at Berlin International Film Festival and his short documentary Krieger ohne Feind (2010) was the recipient of the Grimme Award in 2011. Qurbani’s second fiction feature We are Young. We are Strong. (2014) were invited to screen at the Rome and Hof International Film Festival and awarded. His third feature Berlin Alexanderplatz screened in competition at Berlin and was critically acclaimed.