Edda Chiemnyjewski, a freelance press photographer and single mother living in 1970s West Berlin, is confronted with the fact that “a cook has no time for affairs of state”. She also fails to find a market for the project she has been working on with her women’s photography group that seeks to document the city. While from today’s perspective the city, which becomes one of the film’s protagonists, looks like post-war Berlin, little has actually changed as regards the precarious existence of free-lancers. With a heavy dose of self-irony Helke Sander, who also plays the leading role, tells of a divided life in a divided city. –BAFICI
Helke Sander (born January 31, 1937 in Berlin) is a German feminist film director and writer.
Sander attended a drama school in Hamburg. While married to Finnish writer Markku Lahtela, with whom she had a son, she worked as director at the worker’s theatre and for Finnish television. She returned to Berlin in 1965.
From 1966 to 1969, she studied at the newly founded film school ‘Deutsche Film und Fernsehakademie’. Sanders’ work in cinema is very closely linked to her political engagement as a feminist. In 1968, she co-founded the Aktionsrat zu Befreiung der Frauen (Action Committee on the Liberation of Women). In September 1968, she participated at the conference of the Socialist Students Association (SDS). Her speech, in which she criticized her male colleagues for their sexist attitudes, was yelled at.
Together with Claudia von Aleman, she organized the feminist film conference ‘Erste internationale Frauenfilmseminar’ which took place in 1973 in Berlin. In 1974… read more