Producer
Director
Torsten Körner
Producer
4K | 5.1
Genre
Documentary
Broadcaster
Leopold Hoesch
Length
99'
Editor
Year
2020
FEMOCRACY

For a long time, the Bonn Republic was a smoky place with heavy leather armchairs, old men in them. Women were largely excluded from the male sport of politics. In FEMOCRACY, the top female politicians of the time tell how they fought against all odds to gain a voice and power - along the way or even more so during the great crises and debates of the Bonn Republic.

"Women, if we do nothing today, we will live tomorrow like the day before yesterday."
Annemirl Bauer, 1988

Political discrimination was followed just as extensively by historical discrimination, as shown not least by the male statues, foundation and street names. What would it be like to turn this one-sided historiography around? How would the image of the Bonn Republic change if only women presented their views? Based on this question, the documentary develops an emotionally moving chronicle of West German politics from the 1950s to reunification. The female perspective reveals archival treasures that have never been seen on conventional documentary television, or perhaps last seen decades ago - because no one was looking for them.
FEMOCRACY allows numerous pioneering women from all camps of the Bonn Republic to have their say, including Herta Däubler-Gmelin (SPD), Marie-Elisabeth Klee (CDU), Ursula Männle (CSU), Christa Nickels (The Greens), Ingrid Matthäus-Maier (FDP/SPD), Renate Schmidt (SPD) and Rita Süssmuth (CDU). Through their experience and special insight, the film provides valuable impulses for the present and the future - and a reminder that many achievements of the women's movement of that time are once again in danger today.

With the support of
Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, German Federal Film Fund, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

FEMOCRACY

For a long time, the Bonn Republic was a smoky place with heavy leather armchairs, old men in them. Women were largely excluded from the male sport of politics. In FEMOCRACY, the top female politicians of the time tell how they fought against all odds to gain a voice and power - along the way or even more so during the great crises and debates of the Bonn Republic.

"Women, if we do nothing today, we will live tomorrow like the day before yesterday."
Annemirl Bauer, 1988

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