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Name: Helke Sander  
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Date of Birth: 31st January 1937
Place of Birth: Berlin, Germany
Profession: Director
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Helke Sander (* January 31, 1937 in Berlin) is a german feminist film director and writer.

After finishing High School she attended a drama school in Hamburg. During her marriage with the finish writer Markku Lahtela she worked as director at the worker's theatre and for finish television. They had one son. She returned to Berlin in 1965.

From 1966 to 1969 she studied at the newly founded film school 'Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie'. Sanders' work in cinema is very closely linked to her political engagement as a feminist. In 1968 she founded together with other women the Aktionsrat zu Befreiung der Frauen [Action committee on the liberation of women]. In September 1968 she participated at the conference of the Socialist Students Association (SDS). Her speech in which she critized her male colleagues for their sexist attitudes was yelled at.

Together with Claudia von Aleman she organized the feminist film conference 'Erste internationale Frauenfilmseminar' which took place in 1973 in Berlin. In 1974 she founded Frauen und Film (journal), the very first feminist european film journal which she edited until 1981. Her film The All-Around Reduced Personality is among the most important german feminist films of the seventies. Her later Film BeFreier und BeFreite- Liberators Take Liberties (1992) on rape committed by soldiers of the Red Army was very controversial.


  • Not mentioned in the imdb is the documentary film "Brecht die Macht der Manipulateure!" about the campaign of the student movement against Springer, a big german media group, which she made in 1967/68 for finish television.


  • Die Geschichten der drei Damen K., München : Frauenbuchverlag,

ISBN 3-88897-123-3

  • Oh Lucy : Erzählung, 2. Aufl., München : Kunstmann, 1991

ISBN 3-88897-044-X

Secondary sources

  • Julia Knight, Women and the New German Cinema, Verso 1992
  • Helke Sander : mit den Füßen auf der Erde, mit dem Kopf in den Wolken, [ed.] Freunde der Deutschen Kinemathek e.V. [Red.: Michael Töteberg], Berlin : Freunde der Dt. Kinemathek, 2003 (=Kinemathek Nr. 97), ISBN 3-927876-21-6

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