Phie Ambo (Denmark)

Phie Ambo is a Danish director who grew up in Snekkersten in Denmark. She graduated as a math-student from Helsingør Gymnasium in 1992. She studied directing of documentary film at National Film School of Denmark. In 2001 she co-directed her debut film Family together with Sami Saif, which won a Robert award (Danish annual film award) for Best Documentary and Joris Ivens Award at IDFA festival in Amsterdam. Phie Ambo followed Family up with Growing Up In a Day in 2002. In 2006 she directed Gambler which is a documentary about the controversial Danish auteur-director Nicolas Winding Refn (*Pusher, Bronson), and his struggle to continue making films after going financially bankrupt in 2003.


  • Family - together with Sami Saif
    90´, Denmark, 2001
  • Growing Up in a Day
    28´, Denmark, 2002
  • The Diver Inside Me
    28´, Denmark, 2003
  • Gambler
    78´, Denmark, 2006
  • Mechanical Love
    79´, Denmark, 2007
  • Free the Mind
    80', Denmark, 2012

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