Masterclass: Monika Treut

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Independent German filmmaker Monika Treut, a pioneer of LGBTQIA+ German cinema, talks about her pathway while investigating transgressive sexual ideas and gender mysteries and ambiguities through countless documentaries and fictions, over thirty years of career. Mix Brasil Festival brings two of Monika’s films in its program this year: “Gendernauts” (1999) and “Genderation” (2021), where she rejoins the “Gendernauts” queer characters twenty years later.

Monika Treut

Monika Treut: Born in Mönchengladbach, Germany in 1954, Monika Treut began working with video in 1976 and founded Hyena Films with Elfi Mikesch in 1984, the same year she completed a PhD in literature at Marburg. Her feature and documentary films have shaped queer cinema for over 35 years. The love story “Seduction: The Cruel Woman”, the sex melodrama “Virgin Machine” and the comedy “My Father is Coming” were followed by a series of documentaries, including the multi-award-winning trans-futuristic “Gendernauts”. Her films have featured at the Berlinale 13 times already; in 2017, she received the Teddy Award for her lifetime achievement. She also teaches at universities in California and New York and, since 2018, has been Deputy Professor of Media at the University of Hildesheim.

Guest mediator: Regina Facchini: Anthropologist, researcher at Center for Gender Studies Pagu and professor at the post-graduation program from University of Campinas (Unicamp). Has published dozens of books and articles on the LGBTQIA+ movement as well as gender and sexuality in their conjunctions with public policy, healthcare, class, generation and corporalities. She co-coordenates commissions on Gender and Sexuality at the Brazilian Association of Anthropology and at Unicamp.