Lydie Wisshaupt-Claudel resides in Brussels since 2001. She studied editing at the Higher National Institute of Performing Arts (INSAS).
After graduating in 2006, she made her directorial debut with “There’s still light” (Il y a encore de la lumière), a travel journal in Iceland on how to face solitude. Based on a long road trip in the American West, she made a documentary film called “Sideroads” (2012). Along with her partner, she met Americans wavering between faith and disillusion and who question the American dream in the face of their reality. During the journey, she came across the California military town of Twentynine Palms, where she came back to direct “Killing Time – entre deux fronts”, her third documentary, that has won multiple awards and international recognition in festivals in 2015. Her new feature documentary, “Leading lights”, invites us to question our educationnal system and bias, through the observation of the daily work and research of two teachers, working with nonschooled refugees children in Brussels.
She still works alternately as a film director and editor, as she’s convinced that both activities are complementary and enrich one another.