Born in 1949 in Ifigha, Algeria, Djouhra Abouda Lacroix is known as a singer of Kabyle music under the stage name Djura. She came to France with her parents as a child. In Paris, she completed a degree in fine arts. Against her family's wishes, Abouda chose an artistic career that led her from theater to film and finally to music. She founded the music group DjurDjura in 1979. Abouda published two autobiographical books: Le voile du silence and La saison des narcisses. With Alain Bonnamy, Abouda made three films: Algérie Couleurs (1970-1972), Cinécité (1973-1974) and Ali au pays des merveilles (1976).
Madeleine Bernstorff (Berlin), writer und film curator. Research-based, mostly collaborative projects. Co-founder of Kino Sputnik Berlin in 1984 as well as the feminist film group Blickpilotin in 1989. Film/video programmes about Early Cinema and the Suffragette Movement, filmmaker René Vautier in an internationalistic and anti-colonialistic context, Carole Roussopoulos’ video activism, „Kamerahelm“-artist Margaret Raspé or the political/technical surroundings of film activist Ella Bergmann-Michel’s works. Bernstorff is a member of the commission of International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and teaches film history. Occasionally films/videos of the „small kind“: trailers, video-letters, Super8-movies. In 2016/17 she produced the 23-video-series NSU-Komplex auflösen! with the group SPOTS.
Atlanta Ina Beyer teaches in the Gender and Diversity program at the Rhine-Waal University of Appled Sciences in Kleve and is currently finishing her dissertation on queer utopias in the aesthetics of queer, audio/visual punk productions. She is co-editor of "Queere Prekariat, Klasse und unteilbare Solidaritäen" (Münster: Edition Assemblage 2022, with Katharina Pühl and Lia Pecker) and of Perverse Assemblages. Queering Heteronormativity Inter/Medially (Berlin: Revolver, together with Barbara Paul u.a.).
Farah and Nabila are the founders of LOST FILM, a film collective that makes horror short films on socially critical topics, working in front of and behind the camera in a gender-sensitive way that is aware of racism. Literatur and philosophy PhD student Farah Bouamar and sociology PhD student Nabila Bushra are convinced of the power of storytelling and stand for a paradigm shift with their productions.
Cinzia Bullo grew up in a small Italian village by Lake Maggiore and lived in Milan for some time before moving to Berlin in 1984. While studying at the dffb (1986-93) and in the following years she directed her own films. In addition, she worked as a director of photography and as an assistant director for other productions. She also developed the material for several fiction films, raised three children, co-founded a high school, and directed and produced a number of videos on school and education in Berlin. Currently Cinzia Bullo is working on a long-term documentary about a Berlin high school whose students mostly are from immigrant families.
Louise Burkart (she/her) is a film restorer at the DFF - Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum. After graduating in film studies, she worked at the Murnau-Stiftung and at ARRI Media Restoration. During the past several years, she has curated film series on experimental or marginalised cinema in German-speaking countries and France and was also a co-founder of the Filmkollektiv Frankfurt. She worked for the Kinothek Asta Nielsen during seven years.
Born in 1955 in Schwerte/Ruhr, studied art history and german language and literature in Bonn, took the second state examination in Oberhausen and subsequently taught at grammar schools in Düsseldorf, Lisbon and Luxembourg. Early interest in literary adaptations and encounters at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen led to the foundation of the women's film festival femme totale in the mid-1980s. The collaboration there increasingly concentrated on the artistic framework program of the festival with themed (art) exhibitions.
Born 1961, film scholar, curator and filmmaker, lives in Cologne. Since 1989 staff member of Feminale; co-founder of the program section "Quer Blick - Queer Looks". "Quer Blick" early on presented a broad panorama of lesbian, queer, trans* and gender issues and pushed debates. As a curator, she designed film series, cultural events, discussion forums (focus among others: Experimental Films, Art Films, Feminist Film Theory, Play Gender). She makes documentary films and is co-editor of the book "Girls Gangs Guns - Zwischen Exploitation-Kino und Underground" (Ed.: Carla Despineux/Verena Mund; 2000). She reflects on her experiences with "Quer Blick" in the essay "Queer Cinema - Kino in Bewegung", in: "bild:schön" (Ed.: Dorothée von Diepenbroick / Skadi Loist, 2009).
* 1958 in Wetter/Ruhr. Studied theater, film and television studies, German and philosophy at the University of Cologne. Also lecturer in youth and adult education, specializing in media education, political education and basic education for adults. Organization and program development of the Feminale (1986 - 1998). From 1999 project manager for virtual learning and working environments and learning communities in youth and adult education and later responsible for the implementation of the digital strategy of the German Adult Education Association. Today, freelance consultant for digitalization and organizational development in educational institutions.
Studies of psychology, medicine and literary science in Helsinki and Hamburg. Magister treatise on Ingeborg Bachmann's written imagery, Studies at HFF München (Academy of Film and Television Munich) 1967-1970. Own film production since 1974 (Theuring-Engström Filmproduktion).
Films (a.o.) Dark Spring (1970), Kampf um ein Kind (1974) Narration (1975) together with Harun Farocki, Escape Route to Marseilles (1977) together with Gerhard Theuring, Last Love (1979), Flight North (1985), New Angel. Westward (dir. Gerhard Theuring 1987, IE producer), Ginevra (1992), Mrs. Klein (1994). Publications a.o.: "Etwas über Schlussbilder und meine Liebe zum Kontinent" in Filmkritik 3/1976, "Fluchtweg nach Marseille" with G,Theuring, Filmkritik 2/1978, "Escape Route to Marseilles", dossier in framework 18/19, 1982, "Doppelskizze" on Harun Farocki, close up 1998, further materials and conversations in: Renate Möhrmann "Die Frau mit der Kamera" 1980, in Frauen und Film 22/1979, epd film 5/1986. a.o. Recent publications: Materials to Escape Route to Marseilles (HaF-Institute 2019), "D' autres heritages", Claire Angelini in Europe mai 2020, dossier I.E in Swedish in walden filmtidskrift 17/18 2020. Coming: several films in DVD edition filmmuseum, Munich.
Born in 1973. She studied Philosophy, Modern German Literature and Sociology, as well as Editing at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf. Herpich is a member of the collective fsk Kino and the distribution company Peripher Filmverleih in Berlin, where she lives and works as a freelance filmmaker and editor.
Lecturer in media studies at the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. Her research interests center around the history, theory and aesthetics of documentary film. She has edited a book about the theory of documentary (Bilder des Wirklichen, fourth edition, Berlin 2012) and the only book about Frederick Wiseman in German language (Kino des Sozialen, Berlin 2009).
Ute Holl teaches media aesthetics at the University of Basel, studies audiovisual knowledge formations, including early cinema, as well as media dispositifs and cultural techniques of colonial and postcolonial archives.
Born 1959 in Essen, living and working in Munich and Berlin. Cultural editor. From 1990 director for public German TV. Lecturer at universities such as Cologne's Academy of Media Arts and the Universities of Bochum and Berlin. Since 2000 director and producer of full-length documentaries. Awards include: FIPRESCI, Berlinale Forum / ARTE-Dokumentarfilmpreis / Prix Regard Neuf, Visions du Réel / ADOLF GRIMME AWARD / First Documentary Award, HOT DOCS, Toronto.
Since October 2017 professor for documentary film at the University for Film and Television (HFF) Munich.
Born 1958, studied theater, film and television studies and art history in Cologne and Florence. 1985-1987 teaching at the University of Bari. Co-organizer of the women's film festival Feminale in Cologne (1985-1999), besides and afterwards working as a freelance film critic, author for television and radio, curator of film events. Since 2005 regular research, publications and event organization in the field of Cologne film and cinema history, founding member of Köln im Film e.V.
Labournet.tv is an online archive of films about strikes and social movements. A small women's collective from Berlin collects and subtitles the films and makes them accessible for free. In addition, the collective regularly films strikes in Berlin and elsewhere and then shows the videos in the "Cinéma Klassenkampf" series, where workers give first-hand accounts of their labor struggles and engage with a public in solidarity. The last longer labornet.tv film is Luft zum Atmen ("Air to Breathe"), the political portrait of a group of militant workers at Opel in Bochum. Currently, the collective is working on Der laute Frühling ("The loud Spring"), a documentary about the causes and extent of the climate catastrophe - and possible ways out.
Angelika Levi is a Berlin based filmmaker. Her work is shown at international film festivals, cinemas and exhibitions. Her short film Faust aufs Auge (1988) won the No Budget Video Prize Hamburg, and Desiree & Polylepis (1994) was rated “high quality” by the German Film Classification Board in Wiesbaden. My Life Part 2, her first full-length documentary, won several awards and had its premiere at the Forum/International Berlin Film Festival 2003. Her essay film Absent Present (2010) had its Premiere at The Women´s Film Festival in Barcelona. Children of Srikandi had its Premiere at the Panorama/ international Berlin Film Festival 2012 and won also several awards. Miete Essen Seele Auf (Rent eats the soul) was shown as a 3-channel film installation in the exhibition "Housing Question" in "Haus der Kulturen der Welt" in Berlin 2015. Levi is working also as an editor and dramaturgic advisor. Her new film Ahorita Frames premiered at the 71st Berlinale in Forum Expanded in 2021.
*1959 in Bendorf /Rhine. Studied theater, film and television studies at the University of Cologne 1977-1985, 1979 co-founder of the autonomous women's department in the Asta of the University of Cologne. In 1983 co-organizer of the first women's festival Pure Lust and subsequently co-founder of Feminale, FrauenFilmFestival Köln 1984. Managing director and head of organization of the festival 1986-2001. 2001-2006 video work with seniors at the Jugendfilmclub Köln. From 2006 project manager at the employment organization Ehrenfelder Verein für Arbeit und Qualifizierung, for urban beautification and environmental projects with long-term unemployed.
Director, born in 1947 in Zwickau, Abitur and carpenter, trained as a physiotherapist in Erfurt, assistant director at youth television, 1978-1982 studied directing at the Babelsberg Film Academy. From 1983 freelance at the DEFA Studio for Documentary Films. 1985-88 Meisterschülerin with Heiner Carow at the Academy of Arts of the GDR, 1988-91 permanent position at the DEFA Studio for Documentary Films, then freelance writer and director. 1997-2014 Professor of directing at the HFF KONRAD WOLF in Babelsberg. Since 1991 member of the Academy of Arts Berlin.
Films include: Ein Leben, Haus.Frauen., Stilleben/Eine Reise zu den Dingen, Tangotraum, Winter adè, Who's Afraid of the Bogeyman, Sperrmüll, Herzsprung, Meine Liebe/Deine Liebe, Engelchen, Fremde oder, Helga Paris/Fotografin, The Poet’s Wife.
Verena Mund is coordinator in the Graduate Research Training Program "Configurations of Film" at Goethe University Frankfurt. From 1995 she worked in the programming of Feminale, Internationales FrauenFilmFestival Köln, from 2001 to 2003 as co-director. She then worked in the Fim/Video Department at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis (2004-2008) and at the University of Minnesota (2010-2014). In 2020, she published "Blumen und Tabak. Tischgesellschaften in Amour fou und Western" in Isabella Reicher's Eine eigene Geschichte. Frauen Film Österreich seit 1999 (Sonderzahl Verlag). In fall 2021 her book Brücke, Switchboard, Theke – Working Girls vor Ort (transcript) will be published.
Following a 15 years career as a journalist and an actress, Aude Pépin has worked with directors such as Mia Hansen-Løve and Maïwenn. Sheroes is her debut feature.
Born in Vienna. Studied Visual Media Design at Universität der Angewandten Kunst in Vienna under Prof. Peter Weibel. Studied Elektroacoustics and Composition at Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna under Prof. Dieter Kaufmann Mag.art. (with honor). Lives in Berlin since 1995, works as film editor since 1996. Directed by (i.a.): Gerecht ist, was falsch ist (2019, screenplay), Blueprint (2001, experimental feature, 66 min), Flaming Ears (1992 with Ashley Scheirl+ Dietmar Schipek, 84 min), The Drift of Juicy (1989, Video, 10 min). Edited by (i.a.): Demokratie unter Druck (2019, 92 min, arte, directed by Inga Turczyn+Manuel Gogos), Carte blanche für Pia Marais Cari Compagni (2018, 22 min, arte, directed by Pia Marais), Hitlers Hollywood (2017, 106 min, arte + Kino, directed by Rüdiger Suchsland).
Studied German, politics, history and educational sciences. Worked first for a film distributor, then managed a cultural education project for children and young adults for the city of Dortmund. From 1986, worked at the Dortmund International Women's Film Festival, becoming its director in 1992. Since 2007 – 2018 artistic director of the Dortmund | Cologne International Women's Film Festival. 2009 – 2016 member of the selection committee for the feature film competition at the Max-Ophüls-Preis Film Festival in Saarbrücken. 2009 - 2019 conception and development of the cinema in the Dortmunder U and chairwoman of the association Kino im U. She is a member of the jury at FBW, the German federal authority for evaluating and rating of film and media in Wiesbaden and a member of the NRW regional committee of Deutsche Künstlerhilfe.
Director and writer. Studied visual communication at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg. 1979 Co-founder of Bildwechsel, cultural and media center for women in Hamburg. Grimme Award 2000 for the 10-part documentary series Abnehmen in Essen (together with Carl-Ludwig Rettinger for Arte+WDR). Nominated for the Künstlerinnenpreis NRW 2000. Mother of two children. Lives in Eckernförde. Currently working on a documentary film about Helke Sander.
Eva Rieger, born 1940, was professor of the social history of music at the University of Bremen. She wrote the book Alfred Hitchcock und die Musik. Eine Untersuchung zum Verhältnis von Film, Musik und Geschlecht (Bielefeld 1996) and has published on the influence of Richard Wagner on numerous film music composers. 2022 will see the publication of Isolde – Richard Wagners Tochter. Eine unversöhnliche Familiengeschichte bei Insel. She lives in Liechtenstein.
Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi is the Curator of Silent film at Eye Filmmuseum. Born in Istanbul, graduated from the Univ. of Amsterdam Film& TV Studies in 1997, she is employed at the Eye Filmmuseum since 1999. Next to being responsible for the internationally renowned Desmet Collection, she has worked on the discovery, restoration and presentation of many presumed lost films, with a particular focus on the oeuvre of forgotten actresses such as Rosa Porten, Sarah Duhamel, Mary Miles Minter, and many other unnamed comediennes. Elif is an executive committee member of the Women and Film History International and also directly involved with the archival festivals Il Cinema Ritrovato, Le Giornate del Cinema Muto.
*1956 in Salzburg. Studied at Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Vienna from 1975-80. In the early 1980s she worked for the weekly evening of performance „Wednesdays at A’s“. 1987 Scheirl starts to live and work in London and among an international scene of queer and transgender artists. In the mid 90s she/he adopts the transgender identity of „Hans“. Graduation as Master of Arts at Central Saint Martins College London in 2003. Beneficiary of the Austrian governmental scholarship in 2006. Chair of „Kontextuelle Malerei“ (contextual painting) at Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Vienna since 2006. Won the city of Vienna’s award for visual arts in 2012. Annual DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) scholarship in Berlin in 2018/19. In 2019: Austrian Art Award for Visual Art and attendance of Biennale Lyon together with Jakob Lena Knebl. Also with Knebl, Scheirl will represent Austria at the Venice Biennale in 2022.
Sissi Tax is a writer. born in 1954, she has lived in Berlin since 1982. She’s written a book about Marieluise Fleißer, translated Gertrude Stein and David Markson, and published multiple books of prose: manchmal immer (1995), je nachdem (2001), und so fort (2007), vollkommenes unvollkommenes (2014) and stumm filme schauen (2019). the looks, not the books (2016) deals with film. various texts on film have been published in the journal cargo, and she is currently editing an english edition of the selected writings of Frieda Grafe together with Annett Busch, which is set to appear in 2022 through archive books.
Monika Treut is one of the pioneers of New Queer Cinema, works as a writer and director and manages production company Hyena Films. Her work includes award-winning documentaries, narrative and experimental features, which focus on gender roles and sexuality from a feminist perspective. Treuts most prominent films include Seduction: The Cruel Woman, Die Jungfrauenmaschine and My Father Is Coming. She is a member of Pro Quote Film, Deutsche Filmakademie, AG DOK and Freie Akademie der Künste in Hamburg.
*1953 in Trier. She graduated in German literature in Marburg as well as in visual communication at HfbK Hamburg. 1979 she was one of the founding members of Bildwechsel - Frauenmedienladen in Hamburg. She lives in Vienna since 1987, working as a conceptual artist, using photography, graphics, film and video, installation as well as auditive and performative techniques. She worked as a visual artist and lecturer in the Netherlands and the US and for more than 16 years as professor and head of the Department for Experimental Art at the University of Art and Industrial Design in Linz.
International solo shows, group exhibitions and residencies, various projects in public space as well as in art and architecture. Her works can be found in international private and public collections, her videoworks in various festivals as well as in museum- and gallery shows. Her work is represented by Galerie Raum mit Licht, Vienna.
Barbara Wurm is an author and curator and studied Slavic studies in Vienna, Moscow, Munich and Leipzig, among other places. She worked on the selection committees of DOK Leipzig and the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, currently works for the goEast Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival, and programs for various film festivals and cinematheques. As an Eastern European film expert, she has written a doctoral thesis on Soviet cultural film and edited books on Dziga Vertov, among others. Her main areas of research and teaching at the Humboldt University of Berlin are Eastern European cultural studies and the theory and history of film. She writes film reviews for newspapers and professional publications.
Zara Zandieh is a Berlin based filmmaker:in. Zara's films are dedicated to a decolonial, queer gaze that weaves complexity and multi-layered representations of post-migrant and marginalized subjects into poetic narratives. Zara's work has screened and been nominated at numerous international film festivals. Zara is also part of the Queer Feminist Film Network.
Born 1950 in Nürtingen. Working as a bookseller for 3 years, studied photography, studied documentary filmmaking at Kunsthochschule Hamburg. Working as a director, author, editor, cinematographer since 1978.
Co-founder of Wendländische Filmkooperative. Made about 30 documentary features and essays for cinema/ German TV. Subjects: Anti-nuclear movement, social issues, women, motherhood, love, money, rockets, environmental subjects, biographies, history. Awards: Bundesfilmpreis ,Preis der dt. Filmkritik for Zwischenzeit, best documentary Guangzhou Filmfestival, nominated for the Grimme Award, Kunstpreis des Landes Niedersachsen; Festival participations, commissioned works for ARD/ZDF/ARTE.