About me

Nadine Zacharias

Director & Producer

M.A. Socio-cultural Anthropology

Dipl. Educational and scientific film

Behind the brand "Moving Ideas – Films for Museums and the Sciences" stands the film director, documentary filmmaker and cultural scientist Nadine Zacharias. The foundation of her production firm Moving Ideas is the fulfillment of a long standing desire: breaking new ground in knowledge transfer and presenting to the general public complex subjects of the world of sciences and culture.


During her studies of Socio-cultural Anthropology, Archaeology and History, Nadine found ways to make her research – among others Art Anthropology, Colonial History, Globalization Theories – accessible to a non-specialized audience. She did field work and research in North America’s Southwest, in Canada’s Subarctic and in the Kenyan diaspora in Europe. She was a visiting fellow at the Alutiiq Museum on Kodiak Island and at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle, Washington.


Nadine had her initial encounter with film at the University of Washington when studying with an international scholarship of the Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg, Germany. She joined the department of Socio-cultural Anthropology and participated in the Native Voices documentary film program. Funded by another international scholarship, Nadine completed her studies at the University of Canterbury in Kent, U. K. – where she earned her Master of Arts in Visual Anthropology with Distinction. She joined another postgraduate course at the prestigious Academy of Film of Baden-Württemberg where she earned her diploma as a film director for educative and scientific film.


Nadine has worked as a freelance filmmaker since 2011. In parallel, she worked as a scientific employee at an anthropological and historical museum in Switzerland where she was responsible for the North America collection. Here, she gained important insights into general museum structures and contributed to multiple exhibitions with her expertise as both a film director and an anthropologist. In 2014, she started her own fulltime film business "Moving Ideas – Films for Museums and the Sciences".

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