Alisa Berger was born in 1987 in Makhachkala, Republic of Dagestan, and raised in Lviv, Ukraine. She studied film and fine arts at the Academy of Media Art Cologne (KHM) and the Universidad Nacional de Colombia Bogotá. With her diploma film and fiction feature debut The Astronauts’ Bodies she was nominated for the Max Ophüls Prize and for the FIRST STEPS Award of the Deutschen Filmakademie, and was the recipient of the Best Film Award for New Directors at Int. Film Festival Uruguay and the Screenplay Award of H.W. Geißendörfer. In 2019 Alisa founded with fellow filmmakers Anna Kruglova and Yana Ugrekhelidze the international film production company FORTIS FEM FILM which dedicated its work to increasing the visibility of women and their stories in film. Since fall 2022 she is at Le Fresnoy.