Maestra + Q&A

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CertificateNot Rated
GenreDocumentary, Music
Director(s)Maggie Contreras
LanguageEnglish, Greek
CountryUSA, Poland, France
Running Time1HR 28MINS
Extra InfoPartial English Subtitles
SeasonMain Programme

Five women from around the world who are boldly breaking glass ceilings in the male-dominated world of orchestral conducting take centre stage in Maestra, filmmaker Maggie Contreras’ directorial debut.

They gathered in Paris for ‘La Maestra’, the only competition in the world for female conductors, to show the world the singular talent that unites them and which, for far too long, has been considered the pursuit of only men. Mothers, daughters, rebels, leaders – over four days, each takes to the stage to compete.

Personal stories of survival, passion and perseverance are woven together with the drama and excitement of this one-of-a-kind event. The struggles and triumphs of the gifted artists in Maestra offer a microcosm for the challenges faced by women in every industry and in every walk of life today, while also providing valuable insights into how we may conduct ourselves as we create a new movement for a more equitable future.

We are delighted to welcome director Maggie Contreras to Belfast to talk about her film post-screening, alongside the editing team from Red Wolf Films based in Holywood, Co. Down. 

Presented by Ulster Orchestra, QFT, Oh Yeah Centre, Out To Lunch and Red Wolf Films.

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