Female to Empower

Concert and film weekend at silent green 
­–10 August 2019

Female composers, DJs and producers are and have always been part of the musical present. However, in the great, male-dominated narratives of music history they are still hardly mentioned today. The concert and film series Female to Empower therefore wants to tell the barely heard small and big stories of music from an exclusively female perspective.

To this end, Female to Empower combines music documentaries with live concerts, not only to provide a historical-documentary retrospective, but also to take a contemporary look at the musical work of women in popular music. 
The series immerses itself in the biographies and working environments of musical pioneers, who not only aim to be role models, but also to point out perspectives and strategies.

A project of silent green Film Feld Forschung gGmbh.
Supported by Musicboard Berlin GmbH.

Medienpartners: taz, askhelmut, filmlöwin, Aviva-Berlin, Missy Magazine





Thursday, August 8 2019

Grandma Lo-Fi: The Basement Tapes Of Sigridur Nielsdottir 
film start: 7:30 pm

This charming documentary, filmed mainly on Super-8, is dedicated to Sigrídur Níelsdóttir, the great old lady of Icelandic music. Although she made music all her life, she only began to record it late. When she produced her first album on cassette at the age of 71 in 2001, her self-made avant-garde "kitchen music" with keyboard and household items quickly became a cult in Iceland. From then on nobody could stop her: To date Sigrídur has recorded over 600 songs and 59(!) albums at home.

(R: Kristin Björk Kristjánsdóttir, Orri Jónsson, Iceland/Denmark 2011, 62 Min.)

Thurday, August 8

Concert start: 9pm

For a decade Tellavision has been one of our most exciting sonic inventors, carving out her own inimitable style through her previous three albums, two EPs and countless tracks. New music abstractions echo against a backdrop of old Krautrock mechanical-motorik rhythms, allied to the physically gripping immediacy of techno and noise. Her concerts have consistently been nothing less than spectacular: she has sung and sampled beats from every imaginable and unimaginable variety of live percussion instruments; a loop station virtuoso, an engineer of a technically crafted musical "i" in which the innate and the alien mirror one another ad infinitum.

Friday, August 9

“Monika Enterprise” 
Exhibition, Start: 7:30pm 

A foray through the video archive of the label "Monika Enterprise" founded by Gudrun Gut, supplemented by music videos of some "Monika Werkstatt" artists*, with contributions by, among others, Gudrun Gut: Barbara Morgenstern, Cobra Killer, Contriva, Danielle de Picciotto, Greie Gut Fraktion, Islaja, Masha Qrella, Natalie Beridze, Pilocka Krach, Sonae.


"Monikas Werkstatt" live 
concert start: 8:30 pm

"Monikas Werkstatt" is a female producer and artist collective from Berlin, founded by Gudrun Gut, with musicians from the label Monika Enterprise and Moabit Musik. 

Monika Werkstatt makes music that is not pure weekend entertainment, but has a clear experimental approach, opens up and is also vulnerable in its freedom. At the same time the experienced artists inspire others and encourage them in their work - the best inspiration comes from the past life, also the past life of mistakes and experiments, which inevitably arise during improvisations. Monika Werkstatt wants to be more than music.

with Gudrun Gut, Barbara Morgenstern, Pilocka Krach, Lucrecia Dalt

Saturday, August 10

"The music journalist: The one who stands above it."
Panel, Start: 7pm

Panel: "The music journalist: The one who stands above it."

Music journalists in talk. 

Music journalists are women* who claim power of definition in a genre still dominated by men. About their life and work between: Power and powerlessness, feminism and sexism, knowledge and enthusiasm, and the pure joy of music.


With the aim of making "rap soft again" Miriam Davoudvandi has worked as chief editor for splash! Mag and as a freelance journalist for various other music magazines. She also advises labels, tours with her Lecture "I've got 99 problems but being a feminist listening to rap ain't one" and convinces as DJ Cashmiri with a selection in which Dancehall Queens shake hands with legends of German Rap and heartbreaking R&B meets dark Memphis Rap.

Diviam Hoffmann is deputy managing director of the radio station ByteFM and writes as a freelance author for taz, Deutschlandfunk, NDR and WDR about music, society and feminism.

Kerstin and Sandra Grether are regarded as "pioneers of pop feminism in Germany." (TAZ).
The Grether sisters became known already in the 1990s, when they set the style for the music magazine SPEX, among other things because of their feminist manifestos. Currently they run the indie label "Bohemian Strawberry Records" (with a focus on female* artists), the blog and are curators of the event series "Ich brauchen eine Genie" and "Krawalle und Liebe".

hosted by Sandra Grether


Saturday, August 10

Live programme
Start: 8pm

Doctorella ist die Electro-Rock Chanson Band von Kerstin & Sandra Grether. Bei Female To Empower spielen sie im Duo-Set alte und neue Krawall-Hits.

Lena Stoehrfaktor
rapping underground great from Berlin, has been a part of the barren hip hop scene since 2004. To date, Lena has released three solo albums, three crew albums with "Conexion Musical" and proves her skills in various musical projects.

Maike Rosa Vogel
has become one of the most important German-speaking protest singers* in this decade. Not least because of her strong songs about social injustice, she became a star and darling of the German indie scene overnight at the beginning of the 2010s. On her current album "Alles was ich will", the musician recorded (almost) all instruments herself, produced them herself and of course wrote, sang and texted everything herself.

Saturday, August 10

Play Your Gender
film start: 9:15pm

At the time this documentary was made, the figures speak for themselves: the proportion of women as music producers is only 5% and stands in stark contrast to their role as pop stars on the stage of the music business. Throughout the history of the Grammy Awards since 1959, only six women have been nominated as "Producer Of The Year", and not a single woman has won the Grammy in this category. This documentary looks for explanations for this extreme discrepancy in the music industry and interviews Sara Quinn (Tegan & Sara), Melissa Auf der Maur (Smashing Pumpkins) and Patty Schemel (Hole).

(R: Stephanie Clattenburg, Can 2016, 80 Min.)

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