A true pioneer of feminist cinema in West Germany, Helke Sander has been dedicating her films to specifically female experiences and ways of seeing reality since 1966. She didn’t just deal with gender inequality and the patriarchally determined structures of her society as the subject of her work, but also sought to change these as the basis of her own artistic production. Her oeuvre reflects the interrelationships between artistic practice, feminist engagement, and theoretical reflection. As such, her experiences as a freelancing single mother found their way into her films, while she also campaigned for a more up-to-date approach to childcare. She founded both a women’s film festival and “Frauen und Film”, Europe’s first feminist film magazine. This retrospective to coincide with Sander’s 85th birthday shines a light on her filmmaking oeuvre from four decades and presents the most recent digital restorations of her works. All the film screenings that make up the retrospective will be accompanied by introductions and discussions. (ah)
A program of the Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen.