Hanno Baethe was born in 1947 in Anholt. In 1973, he completed his studies in Education at the FFH in Berlin, and in 1975 began working in a children's shelter and community centre. Since 1982, he has taught theory and practice in theatre documentation at the Berlin Institute of Theatre Sciences. In 1993, he founded the video studio Confu-Baja with Monika Funke Stern, Hartmut Jahn and Gerd Conradt. Since then, he has produced many documentaries and experimental videos, which have been shown in festivals in Berlin, Bonn, Saumur, Montbéliard, Tokyo and elsewhere. He currently teaches at the SFB in Berlin and continues to produce many industrial and institutional films.