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      Maestra

      Released May 24 1h 28m Documentary Music List
      100% Tomatometer 11 Reviews Five incredible women from around the world who are boldly breaking glass ceilings in the male-dominated world of orchestral conducting take center stage in MAESTRA, filmmaker Maggie Contreras' directorial debut. These women gathered in Paris for 'La Maestra', the only competition in the world for female conductors, to show the world the singular talent that unites them and which, for far too long, has been considered the pursuit of only men. Mothers, daughters, rebels, leaders -- over four days, each took to the stage to compete: a mother of young twins from Athens, determined to show her kids anything is possible; a Ukrainian doing all she can to focus on her art and the competition in front of her while Russia invades; a Polish student just starting out; a newlywed American grappling with the decision to start a family; and a French immigrant returning to the city that closed its doors to her many years ago. Personal stories of survival, passion and perseverance are woven together with the drama and excitement of this one-of-a-kind event. The struggles and triumphs of the gifted artists in MAESTRA offer a microcosm for the challenges faced by women in every industry and in every walk of life today, while also providing valuable insights into how we may conduct ourselves as we create a new movement for a more equitable future. Read More Read Less

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      Christy Lemire RogerEbert.com One of the coolest revelations to come from “Maestra” is the affectionate way these women regard each other. Rated: 3/4 Jun 7, 2024 Full Review Caryn James Hollywood Reporter Even when it chooses to put the rosiest gloss on things... the film is bracing and inspiring, giving some talented conductors much-deserved visibility. Jun 21, 2023 Full Review Carla Renata The Curvy Film Critic Contreras grasps the intimacy of her subjects with a nuanced precision leaving my heart was so full a whole new generation of young female musicians will be inspired to come out of the pit and into a spotlight once only reserved for men Jun 15, 2024 Full Review Richard Schertzer Battle Royale With Cheese All in all, this film is a symphony of beautiful and dulcet tones that makes for such entertaining viewing. Jun 2, 2024 Full Review Tim Miller Cape Cod Wave Magazine Maggie Contreras profiles five female conductors who take part in La Maestra, an international competition in Paris. ... we experience their joy of success, their heartbreak of disappointment, and the sense of camaraderie that develops among them. Rated: 4/4 Aug 1, 2023 Full Review Valerie Kalfrin AWFJ.org An engrossing look at a select group of women at the top of their profession, MAESTRA soars not just on its music but in the details. Jul 8, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Five incredible women from around the world who are boldly breaking glass ceilings in the male-dominated world of orchestral conducting take center stage in MAESTRA, filmmaker Maggie Contreras' directorial debut. These women gathered in Paris for 'La Maestra', the only competition in the world for female conductors, to show the world the singular talent that unites them and which, for far too long, has been considered the pursuit of only men. Mothers, daughters, rebels, leaders -- over four days, each took to the stage to compete: a mother of young twins from Athens, determined to show her kids anything is possible; a Ukrainian doing all she can to focus on her art and the competition in front of her while Russia invades; a Polish student just starting out; a newlywed American grappling with the decision to start a family; and a French immigrant returning to the city that closed its doors to her many years ago. Personal stories of survival, passion and perseverance are woven together with the drama and excitement of this one-of-a-kind event. The struggles and triumphs of the gifted artists in MAESTRA offer a microcosm for the challenges faced by women in every industry and in every walk of life today, while also providing valuable insights into how we may conduct ourselves as we create a new movement for a more equitable future.
      Director
      Maggie Contreras
      Producer
      Maggie Contreras, Neil Berkeley, Emma West, Melanie Miller, Lauren Lexton
      Screenwriter
      Maggie Contreras, Neil Berkeley
      Production Co
      BRKLY, Worldwide Pants
      Genre
      Documentary, Music
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      May 24, 2024, Limited
      Runtime
      1h 28m