About Wolfgang Baraniecki (documentary filmmaker) ~ Wolfgang Baraniecki - Documentary Films of Tanzania, Africa

Monday, May 18, 2009

About Wolfgang Baraniecki (documentary filmmaker)

Wolfgang Max Walter Baraniecki (21 January 1950, Berlin, Germany - 30 June 2004, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania) was a documentary filmmaker and film producer. His primary focus was documenting agriculutral, social and political issues in Tanzania, Africa.

Baraniecki quit school in 1970 and worked in various jobs and for various companies including the Borsigwerke based in Berlin, Germany. From 1972 through 1975 he was a student of Directing, Camera and Production at the Deutsche Film und Fernsehakademie Berlin (dffb). His final work was the Film "Der vergessene Krieg".

From 1978 through 1980 Baraniecki worked as a development worker in Zanzibar, Tanzania for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. He continued this work for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (German Technical Cooperation) from 1980 through 1986.

After the maximum timeframe possible as a development worker Baraniecki decided to stay in Dar es Salaam to found Coco Ltd. This allowed him operate fulltime at the production of documentaries with local Tanzanian and African content. Coco Ltd. has produced documentaries for numerous clients including the BBC and Canal+.

Baraniecki died in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania shortly after falling into a coma at TMJ Hospital. He was diagnosed with Meningitis.


  • 1977 Der Vergessene Krieg (The War Forgotten, Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin GmbH)
  • 1985 Uvuvi Wa Mangogo (Fishing with Poles, Zanzibar Arts Cooperative) - link tapes
  • 1985 Ukulima Nzuri (Good Farming, Ministry of Agriculture, Tanzania)


  • [Content Awards]

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  1. great vitae overview, isn´t it possible to post this article on wikipedia?!??

  2. thank you. I don't know how to post on wikipedia but maybe someone can?

    Please add your name or contact if you want me to get back at you.

    Cheers, Baraniecki Jr.

  3. Hi,

    I am sorry to hear Baraniecki has died. I knew him well, we had business dealings togeather. (I recall meeting Jr. in England as a child).

    Baraniecki was a gentle man and a mans man. He had honour, which was rare in Africa. We had good times togeather. Like some artists his creativity came out of his inner tension, but don't get me wrong, he was also very stylish, laid back and mellow...in his individual way.

    Baraniecki had a big heart and personality which is why Africa became a natural home for him.

    I like the photo...I can almost see and hear him again.

    Best Wishes