About Monika Treut

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Acclaimed German filmmaker Monika Treut is in residency at Indiana University through the end of October, where she’s teaching an interdisciplinary graduate seminar with IU Assistant Professor Brigitta Wagner in the Department of Germanic Studies.  She will give a Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker Lecture on October 21 at 3:00 pm.

Treut’s documentary and fiction films been shown at prominent festivals around the world in Berlin, Toronto, Cannes, Thessaloniki and Hong Kong, among other places. She runs an independent production company, Hyena Films, in Hamburg.  Wrote Sight and Sound magazine: “Treut’s transgressive brand of filmmaking is a much needed intervention in the arena of sexual politics. Her misbehaving women are a vital form of resistance.”

Treut’s retrospective includes the films My Father Is Coming, Gendernauts, Seduction: A Cruel Woman, the award-winning Warrior of Light, Virgin Machine, Jump Cut: A Travel Diary and Tigerwomen Grow Wings. It is supported by Communication and Culture, the East Asian Center, Gender Studies, Germanic Studies, The Institute of German Studies, The IU Cinema, The Kinsey Institute, Latin American Studies and the Office of LGBT Support Services as well as the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany (Chicago).

The screenings will showcase a range of Treut’s documentary and fiction work in Germany, the U.S., Brazil and Taiwan, and production students across the Bloomington campus will have the opportunity to attend a workshop with the filmmaker.

Monika Treut is a filmmaker whose curiosity about the world seems to increase rather than wane the longer she makes films.  She's truly engaged in the world, in politics, in educating spectators about a variety of lifestyles, social struggles and gender dynamics and diversity.

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