Helke Sander

Helke Sander

Additional Names: Helke Sander-Lahtela (Weiterer Name)
Darstellerin, Regie, Regie-Assistenz, Drehbuch, Kamera, Schnitt, Sonstiges, Produzent
*31.01.1937 Berlin

Biography

After graduating from school in 1957/58, Helke Sander, who was born as the daughter of an engineer, attended drama school in Hamburg. In 1959, she married the Finnish author Markku Lahtela (who died in 1981). After the birth of their son Silvo, Sander relocated to Helsinki where she studied German literature and psychology from 1960 until 1962. Between 1962 and 1965, she produced stage plays in several Finnish cities. Furthermore, she arranged happenings and improvisations. In 1964, she directed movies for Finnish television.

Sander returned to Germany in 1965 and worked intermittently as a lawyer"s secretary. From 1966 until 1969, she studied at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin. In 1966, she shot her first short film, "Subjektitüde". She also got involved with the German students movement. In 1968, she directed the critical documentary "Brecht die Macht der Manipulateure" ("Break The Power Of The Manipulators"), an analysis of the protest campaign against the Springer press group. Sander is a co-founder of the Berlin "Aktionsrat zur Befreiung der Frauen" ("Coalition for the Liberation of Women"). In the autumn of 1968, her widely-noticed speech at the delegate conference of the Socialist German Student Union in Frankfurt/Main initiated West Germany’s women’s movement.

Sander’s political activities are reflected in her movies. Thus, "Kindergärtnerin, was nun?", "Kinder sind keine Rinder" (both 1969) as well as "Eine Prämie für Irene" ("A Bonus for Irene", 1971) were inspired by her engagement for alternative kindergartens, while "Macht die Pille frei?" (1972/73) calls for the legalization of abortion. In 1973, Sander co-organized the first international women’s film seminar in Berlin. In 1974, she initiated the magazine "Frauen und Film", the first European feminist film journal, which she published until 1981.

In 1977, Sander directed, wrote and starred in her first feature film "REDUPERS – Die allseitig reduzierte Persönlichkeit" (1977), an essayistic mixture of documental and staged episodes. Despite their inherent political statements, "REDUPERS, Der subjektive Faktor" (1980/81) and "Der Beginn aller Schrecken ist Liebe" ("Love Is the Beginning of All Terror", 1983/84) are at the same time very personal films. It is this combination of individual and broadly political perception that characterizes Sander’s feature films.

In addition to working on her own movies, Sander also writes books and articles. Since 1981, she holds a professor’s chair at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg. Furthermore, she continues to direct short films such as "Aus Berichten der Wach- und Patrouillendienste" (1984–86), as well as documentaries such as "Die Deutschen und ihre Männer" (1989) and "BeFreier und BeFreite" (1990–92), in which she dealt with the mass rapes of German women by Allied soldiers after the end of World War II. "Muttertier Muttermensch" (1999) examines the views of today’s women concerning the maternal role.

Filmography

2005 Mitten im Malestream
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
2002-2005 Wer ist Helene Schwarz?
Participation
 
2001/2002 Bungalow
Cast
 
2001 Dorf
Participation, Voice, Director, Screenplay, Commentary, Interviews, Editing, Producer
 
1999 Zwischen Lust und Last
Participation
 
1998/1999 Muttertier - Muttermensch
Participation, Voice, Director, Screenplay, Editing, Producer
 
1997 Dazlak
Director, Screenplay
 
1994/1995 Die Nacht der Regisseure
Participation
 
1992/1993 Des Lebens schönste Seiten
Cast
 
1992/1993 Krieg und sexuelle Gewalt
Director, Screenplay
 
1990-1992 BeFreier und Befreite. Krieg - Vergewaltigungen - Kinder. 2 Teile
Director, Screenplay, Interviews, Editing, Research, Co-Producer
 
1989 Die Deutschen und ihre Männer. Bericht aus Bonn
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1988 Die Meisen von Frau S.
Director
 
1988 Das schwache Geschlecht muss stärker werden
Participation
 
1987 Farbe bekennen
Director, Screenplay
 
1986 Sieben Frauen - Sieben Sünden. 2. Episode: Völlerei - Völlerei? Füttern!
Director, Screenplay
 
1986 Felix. Episode 2: Muß ich aufpassen?
Director, Screenplay
 
1986 Nr. 5 - Aus Berichten der Wach- und Patrouillendienste
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1986 Nr. 8 - Aus Berichten der Wach- und Patrouillendienste
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1985 Die Erfahrungsschere
Cast, Director, Producer
 
1984/1985 Nr. 1 - Aus Berichten der Wach- und Patrouillendienste
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1983/1984 Der Beginn aller Schrecken ist Liebe
Cast, Director, Screenplay, Producer, Co-Producer
 
1982/1983 Die Gedächtnislücke. Film-Miniaturen über den alltäglichen Umgang mit Gift
Producer
 
1982/1983 Vater und Sohn
Participation
 
1982-1984 Fräulein Berlin
Cast
 
1981 Wie geht das Kamel durchs Nadelöhr?
Participation, Director
 
1980/1981 Der subjektive Faktor
Voice, Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1980 Friedensfrauen
Director, Producer
 
1980 Mit den Füßen auf der Erde, mit dem Kopf in den Wolken
Participation
 
1977 REDUPERS - Die allseitig reduzierte Persönlichkeit
Cast, Voice, Director, Screenplay
 
1976 Unsichtbare Gegner
Cast
 
1976 Es stirbt allerdings ein Jeder
Participation
 
1973 Männerbünde
Director, Screenplay
 
1972 Macht die Pille frei?
Director, Screenplay
 
1971 Filmstudenten - in die Praxis entlassen
Participation
 
1971 Eine Prämie für Irene
Director, Screenplay
 
1970 Das schwache Geschlecht muss stärker werden
Participation
 
1969 Nicht löschbares Feuer
Assistant director
 
1969 Kindergärtnerin, was nun?
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography, Editing, Producer
 
1969 Kinder sind keine Rinder
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography
 
1968/1969 Die Rote Fahne
Director
 
1968 Finnische Schüler-Gewerkschaften
Director, Screenplay
 
1968 Ihre Zeitungen
Participation, Assistant director
 
1967/1968 Brecht die Macht der Manipulateure
Director, Screenplay
 
1967/1968 Die Brille
Cast
 
1967 Finnisches Theater
Director, Screenplay
 
1967 Finnische Schriftsteller
Director, Screenplay
 
1967 Die Worte des Vorsitzenden
Voice, Assistant director, Commentary
 
1967 Silvo
Cast, Director, Screenplay
 
1967 3000 Häuser
Cast
 
1966 Thérèse Raquin
Assistant director
 
1966 Subjektitüde
Director, Screenplay, Editing
 
1965 Naurukierukka
Director
 
1965 Skorpioni
Director
 
1964 Viimeinen Yö
Director
 

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