Maestras – The Long Journey of Women to the Podium

Germany | 2016 | 53 min
German, English | Subtitles in English
Cinematography: Stephan Boerger, Michael Boomers, Aurelio Galfetti
Distribution: Accentus Music GmbH
Editing: Dirk Seliger
Producer: Markus Wicker
Sound: Christoph Wonneberger
Production: Accentus Music GmbH
 

Synopsis

Being a female conductor means being an exception. Even today. When a woman stands on the podium she is, in most cases, “the first”: the first to lead a world-class orchestra, the first to conduct a certain work, the first to win such and such a prize. For decades, this sensationalized character has been the norm. Why are there so few women at the helm of world-class orchestras? How did this relatively new profession develop such a notorious mythos? What roles do power and masculinity play? Are things beginning to change? This documentary takes a closer look at the situation, interweaving historical footage, interviews with experts from various disciplines, and the words of some of the greatest women conductors of yesterday and today.

Directors

Günter Atteln

Günter Alten found his way into film through music. After leaving school, he apprenticed with and later joined a renowned Mannheim recording studio. While studying musicology, psychology and economics at the universities of Oldenburg and Berlin, he made a number of short films. After an internship with EuroArts Music in Berlin, he directed his first full-length documentary, Sexo Puro – The Spanish Composer Maria de Alvear (1999). Since then, he has written and directed many documentaries, some of which have won awards, including Soulscapes – The Choreographer Uwe Scholz (2007), Die Thomaner and The Lost Paradise – Arvo Pärt / Robert Wilson (2015).”
Filmography | The Pianist of Yarmouk – Ayham Ahmad (2016) ; The Lost Paradise – Arvo Pärt | Robert Wilson (2015) ; Classical Music For Everyone? (2014) ; Amarcord – The Book of Madrigals (2013) ; Sounds of the Sidewalk (2012/2013) ; Die Thomaner – A Year in the Life of the St. Thomas Boys Choir (2010 – 2012)

Maria Stodtmeier

Maria Stodtmeier worked for LiteraturWERKstatt Berlin following graduation. After a stint as production assistant for the millennium project “Literature Express Europe 2000,” a train odyssey across Europe with 100 authors, she pursued cultural studies in Potsdam. While studying, she worked for the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra in Vienna, helping organize tours under conductors like Claudio Abbado and Pierre Boulez. A 2006 trip to Venezuela inspired El Sistema, a documentary she co-directed with Paul Smaczny. Since the creation of the ACCENTUS Music company, she has been involved as writer, director and producer.
Filmography | Music in Times of the Great War (in production) ; ISANG YUN – Composer between North and South Korea (2014) ; Arnold Schönberg Die Vereinsjahre (2012) ; Romantic Offering (2011) ; El Sistema - Music to change life (2009) ; An Evening with Gabriela Montero (2009)

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German, English | Subtitles in English

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UQAM - Salle Jean-Claude Lauzon
Screening # 106
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Maestras – The Long Journey of Women to the Podium
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Maestras – The Long Journey of Women to the Podium

Germany | 53 min | 2016

German, English | Subtitles in English

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Zhu Xiao-Mei: How Bach Defeated Mao

Germany | 58 min | 2016

Chinese, French | Subtitles in English

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