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Michael Glawogger dies whilst filming in Africa

The Austrian filmmaker Michael Glawogger has died whilst filming his latest documentary in Africa. He was 54-years-old.

Glawogger was a director, screenwriter and cinematographer whose documentaries and films have won international accolades and awards, including a "Whores' Glory" in 2011 a film about prostitutes that won the Special Jury Prize in Venice.

Other well known films by him include the documentary movie "Mega Cities", made in 1998, about the cities of Mumbai, New York, Moscow and Mexico City as well as "Workingman's death" in 2005.

Born in Graz on 3 December 1959, Glawogger studied both at the San Francisco Art Institute in the early eighties and then at the Vienna Film Academy between 1983 and 1989.

His production company reported that Glawogger died from malaria whilst filming in Liberia. It's understood that he had been travelling with friends on a year-long trip, starting in Eastern Europe, and also visiting Sierra Leone, Gambia and Senegal.

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