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Thomas Josef Roth

was born in Frankfurt, Germany where he was a student and assistant of the renowned avant-garde filmmaker Peter Kubelka at the Städelschule State Academy of Fine Arts. He received a Fulbright Scholarship for The New School University in New York City where he then lived for ten years. Afterwards he received a one-year Artist Residency in London.


His narrative films A Wishing Woman (2003), Creation (1999), The Armor (1993), and Hildegard von Bingen (1991, in collaboration with Laura Padgett) have been shown in many film festivals in Europe and the US and won several awards.

The Armor premiered 1993 in Rome, Italy, played at Cinequest Festival in San José, California, USA at the Main Forum of Arsenals Festivals in Riga, Latvia and won the "Gold Award for Best Feature" at the Philafilm-Philadelphia International Film Festival. His next feature film A Wishing Woman won 2003 the Festival Director's Award at MethodFest in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Times called the film in a review "risky, visionary, imaginative".

His documentary The Voice of Nothingness - Zen Buddhism and the Kyoto School Philosophy was selected by the London Raindance International Film Festival 2015 and the Princeton Independent Film Festival 2016. Nietzsche in Sils Maria (2017) premiered at the Nietzsche-Kolloquium in Sils Maria, Switzerland

In 2021/22 he finished his new film Still the Spy of God - Soeren Kierkegaard in the 21st century and portrayed three contemporary artists in Triptychon 2022.



In Development :

“Chaque être crie en silence pour être lu autrement.”

“Every being screams in silence to be read differently.”

Simone Weil (1909-1943)

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At Simone Weil's former residence Rue Auguste Comte in Paris, 2021
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