Director Michael Glawogger Dies In Africa

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April 23, 2014 | 11:23am EST

Documentary filmmaker Michael Glawogger has died after reportedly contracting malaria while filming in Africa.
The 54-year-old Austrian director was in Liberia on a shoot when he fell ill, and he passed away in the early hours of Wednesday.
Producer Danny Krausz announced the news in a post on the Film and Music Austria website, writing, “With horror and great sadness we received the news of the sudden death of Michael Glawogger while filming in Africa.
“Glawogger was one of the most prolific feature film and documentary film directors (Austria has) ever produced… (his) unexpected and tragic early death leaves an eternal hole in our film industry!”
Glawogger was famous for his hard-hitting documentaries, focusing mainly on the world’s poor and abused. His works include Megacities, Workingman’s Death and Whores’ Glory, which won the Special Jury Prize at the 2011 Venice Film Festival in Italy.