German filmmaker Helma Sanders-Brahms has died at the age of 73.

The director passed away on Tuesday (27May14) in Berlin, Germany following a long illness.

Sanders-Brahms began her career as a model and Tv presenter before moving into writing, producing and directing films.

After training with Italian filmmakers Sergio Corbucci and Pier Paolo Pasolini, Sanders-Brahms started making documentaries and feature films including Shirin's Wedding, Deutschland, Germany Pale Mother and My Heart Is Mine Alone.