Meaza Ashenafi
Film: Difret

Conversation with the audience:
Sunday, 23.11.2014, 8:30 pm, Studio Museum
Monday, 24.11.2014, 6:00 pm, Studio Museum

Meaza Ashenafi was born 1964 in Assosa, Ethiopia. At the age of 17 she began her studies at the Addis Ababa University. Her educational background covers a wide range of areas with a main focus on Law, International Studies and Gender Studies. In 1986, she was the only woman who graduated from Addis Ababa University with an LL.B. degree in that year. She also has an M.A. in Women’s Studies from the University of Connecticut. After her graduation she first worked as a high court judge before she became a legal advisor to the Ethiopian Constitution Commission of the Interim Government, which drafted the country’s first constitution after many years of civil war. In that position, she was able to effectively advocate women’s and children’s needs, which were ultimately incorporated into the Constitution. As an unwavering advocate for gender equality, Meaza produced the first drafts of the constitution’s articles on the rights of women and children. In 1995, she co-founded the Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association (EWLA), the first and only one of its kind in Ethiopia, of which she is still the Executive Director. EWLA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the political, social, and legal rights of women. It also established a free legal aid program for indigent women whose rights have been infringed upon.

EWLA’s pioneering work was nationally and internationally recognized for its effectiveness - for waging an effective campaign, bringing about law reform, and, more significantly, for putting women’s issues on the national agenda. In 2011 Meaza together with 11 other Ethiopian women teamed up to create a bank that is focused on empowering women financially. They established the first Women’s Bank (Enat Bank = Mother Bank), which is expected to improve access to financial services to women and women entrepreneurs and to have an impact on the perception and reality of women’s status in the country. Since 2012 she works as a Women's Rights Advisor for UNECA (United Nations Economic Commission for Africa), where she identifies and develops new and emerging areas of conceptual analysis to promote and protect women’s rights in Africa. Besides her involvement at the ENAT Bank and UNECA she continues to provide free legal aid to indigent women victims of injustice down to the present day.

2008 International Women of Courage Award by the US Government
2005 Proposed for the Nobel Peace Price
2003 African Leadership Prize


Prof. Andreas Kleinert
Film: Monsoon Baby

Conversation with the audience:
Tuesday, 25.11.2014, 8:30 pm, Studio Museum

Andreas Kleinert was born in Berlin in 1962. After his graduation from the secondary school in 1980, he took on several responsibilities in the DEFA Studio and worked his way up to Director’s Assistant. From 1984 to1989 he studied at the Konrad Wolf University for Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg, where he graduated with honors. Kleinert has been working as a freelance director and author since 1990. He is among the most well known German directors, and many of his cinema and television films have been awarded numerous prizes and have been represented at international film festivals. His highly acclaimed black comedy „Free Swimmers“ was the German entry for competition in the Venice Film Festival in the category „Giornate degli Autori“ . Andreas Kleinert’s films have been awarded every significant film prize, among others, the National Film Award for the feature „Paths into the Night“ (Wege in die Nacht) and the U.S. American Emmy Award for his television Alzheimer’s drama „My Father“ (Mein Vater). His films have been considered many times for the sought-after Adolf-Grimme-Preis.
Andreas Kleinert has been Professor of Film and Television Direction at the HFF since 2006.

Filmography (Selection):
2013 Crime Scene—Borowski and the Angel (Television)
2012 The Woman from the Past (Television)
2009/2010 Barriers (Cinema)
2008/2009 Endgame (Television)
2008/2009 House and Child (Television)
2006/2007 Free Swimmer (Cinema)
2002 My Father (Television)
1998 Paths into the Night (Cinema)
1989 Farewell, Joseph (Cinema)

Awards (Selection):
2014 Nominaton for the Adolf Grimme Prize (The Woman from the Past)
2014 Nomination for the Adolf Grimme Prize (Crime Scene: Borowski and the Angel)
2013 Television prize from the Performing Arts Academy, Baden-Württemberg
Television Film Festival (The Woman from the Past)
2009 Geisendorf Prize (Police Alarm 110-Rosis Baby)
2009 Television Award from the Performing Arts Academy, Baden-Baden (House and
2009 Audience Award, Art Film Festival Schwerin (House and Child)
2007 Entry in Le Giornate degli Autori, Venice Days (Free Swimmers)
2003 Emmy Award, New York (My Father)
1990 Students Oscar Nomination (Farewell, Joseph)


Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Films: Baba Film Darad – Daddy’s School & The Gardener

Conversation with the audience:
Wednesday, 26.11.2014, 6:00 pm & 8:30 pm, Studio Museum

Mohsen Makhmalbaf was born in Tehran in 1957. As a 17 year old resistance fighter against the Shah regime, he was imprisoned for five years until his release in 1979. In this time he distanced himself from politics and as an autodidact focused on art and especially film. Mohsen Makhmalbaf is considered one of the founders of the New Iranian Cinema, who celebrated international success from the 90s onwards and founded an unconventional film school, at which he also taught his family. During his film career he created 20 feature films and 8 short films, which were shown in more than 40 countries and received several awards and recognitions. His film “Journey to Kandahar“ received an award at Cannes and also marks the start of his vehement engagement for the people of Afghanistan. Today he acts internationally for the democratic opposition movement in Iran and lives in exile in London. His current film „The President“ which premiered at the Venice Filmfestival 2014, has gained much recognition at further international filmfestivals, as well as awards in Beirut ans Chicago.

Filmography (Selection):
2014 The President
2012 The Gardener
2006 Scream Of The Ants
2005 Sex & Philosophy
2001 Kandahar
1997 Silence
1995 A Moment Of Innocence
1992 Actor
1987 The Cyclist

Awards (selection):
2014 Gold Hugo for Best Film, Chicago International Film Festival (The President)
2014 The Société Générale Award for Best Feature Film by the audience, Beirut International Filmfestival (The President)
2012 Golden Award, Beirut International Film Festival (The Gardener)
2011 Special Award for a life time activity for human right through art and cinema, Sao Paulo Festival
2010 Honorary Degree of Doctor of Literature, St Andrew Univercity
2009 „Freedom to Create Prize“ for his human right activity and promoting social Justice through his art, Art Action, England
2009 "Grand Human Right award" for his life time achievement and activity for human right through his art and actions, Nürnberger Filmfestival für Menschenrechte
2001 “Federico Fillini Honor” der UNESCO in Paris (Kandahar)
2001 Grand prize from Society of churches of world, Cannes (Kandahar)
1997 Golden Prize of Italian Parliament - Venice Festival (Silence)
1996 Special Jury Award – Locarno Festival (A Moment Of Innocence)


Luna Mijovic
Film: Traumland

Conversation with the audience:
Friday, 21.11.2014, 8:30 pm, Studio Museum
Saturday, 22.11.2014, 8:00 pm, Waldhorn Rottenburg
Sunday, 23.11.2014, 6:00 pm, Kino Cinema Stuttgart

Luna Mijovic was born 1991 in Sarajevo. She grew up in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia and Russia. Her acting career started in 2005 at the age of 13 years, when she was chosen to play the role of Sara in Esmas Geheimnis – Grabavica directed by Jasmila Zbanic and winner of the Berlinale Golden Bear 2006. With this movie she attended 2007 the Filmfestival Women’s Worlds in Tuebingen. She took part in many movies in the next years, amongst others in Dreileben – Etwas besseres als den Tod directed by Christian Petzold. For her latest movie La Giovinezza she stood in front of the camera with Rachel Weisz, Jane Fonda, Harvey Keitel and Michael Caine.

For her leading part as the prostitute Mia in Traumland she started to investigate about the real life experiences of prostitutes, and for several months she wrote a diary as „Mia“ and walked around in „her“ clothes, in order to „get into their skin“. Today she studies film directing at the Sarajevo Film Academy.

2015 La giovinezza
2013 Traumland
2012 Venuto al mondo
2010 Atmen
2010 Zwischen uns das Paradies
2010 Nick
2011 Dreileben – Etwas besseres als den Tod
2008 I Don’t Dream In German
2008 Cirkus Fantastikus
2006 Esmas Geheimnis - Grabavica

2012 Nomination for Best German TV Actress, Jupiter Award
2011 Best Acting Achievement, Pula Film Festival (Cirkus Fantastikus)


Christina Schiewe
Film: Be My Baby

Conversation with the audience:
Saturday, 22.11.2014, 8:30 pm, Studio Museum
Sunday, 23.11.2014, 6:00 pm, Waldhorn Rottenburg
Sunday, 23.11.2014, 8:30 pm, Museum Kino 2

Christina Schiewe was born in Brussels in 1980 to German-Brazilian parents and grew up in Brussels, Stockholm and Düsseldorf. She studied Directing at the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy from 2002-2007.
She was awarded the Best Director Prize at the Granada Film Festival in Spain in 2005 for her short film „Lena“. For her graduation film „The Easy Life“ (Das leichte Leben) she received not only the award for the best student short fim at the Rome Festival, but also the title „Particularly Valuable“.
„ Be My Baby“ is Christina Schiewe’s first feature film and was awarded for Best Script at the München Film Festival. In the film she dealt deeply with the lives of people with Down’s Syndrome. She currently works as a film director and author in Köln.

2014 Be My Baby (Feature film)
2009 Besser Als Nix (Advertisement)
2007 Das Leichte Leben (Short film)
2005 Lena (Short film)
2003 Vollmilch (Short film)

2014 Best Script, München Film Festival (Be My Baby)
2014 Best Film, Ahrenshooper Film Nights (Be My Baby)
2007 Best Student Short, Rome Independent Film Festival (Das Leichte Leben)
2007 Title „Particularly Valuable“ (Das Leichte Leben)
2005 Best Director, Film Festival Granada (Lena)


Petra Volpe
Film: Traumland

Conversation with the audience:
Friday, 21.11.2014, 8:30 pm, Studio Museum
Saturday, 22.11.2014, 8:00 pm, Waldhorn Rottenburg
Sunday, 23.11.2014, 6:00 pm, Kino Cinema Stuttgart

Petra Volpe was born in Suhr, Switzerland, in 1970, she has Swiss and Italian citizenship. From 1992 to 1994 she was an art student in Zürich, which was followed by one year in New York. From 1995-1997 she worked as a cutter (editor) in Zürich, after which she studied dramaturgy and script-writing at the Konrad Wolf University for Film and Television in Potsdam from 1997-2001. She has worked as a freelance author and film director since 2001. For the film „Dreamland“, she spent several years intensively researching the red light district where she had many conversations with women who worked as prostitutes. After these encounters, she asked herself how a customer could ever ignore how exhausted, sad and worn out many of the women were. She will be glad if her film makes society more sensitive toward the hard reality of prostitutes.

Filmography (Selection):
2013 Dreamland (Feature)
2011 Lovely Louise (Feature)
2011 Ne Pesce Ne Uccello (Documentary)
2009 Frühling im Herbst (Television film)
2007 Kleine Fische (Television film)
2006 Schönes Wochenende (Television film)
2004 La Fidanzata (Short Film)
2002 Maier Marilyn (Television film)
2002 Schlorkbabies an der Raststätte (Short Film)
2001 Crevetten (Short film)
1999 Der Kuss (Short film)

Awards (Selection):
2014 Nomination for Best Film, Best Script, Swiss Film Awards (Dreamland)
2010 Main Prize and Student Prize from the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy,
Television Film Festival Baden-Baden (Frühling im Herbst)
2002 dkf Incentive Prize for Direction, Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Short Film Prize (Schlorkbabies an der Raststätte)
2001 Action Light Prize, Locarno International Film Festival (Crevetten)
2000 Jury’s special Mention Award, Film Festival D’Automonde Gardanne, European
Competition (Der Kuss)
2000 Best Student Film, Bratislava Gay Film Festival (Der Kuss)


Monireh Baradaran
Film: My Stolen Revolution

Conversation with the audience:
Sunday, 23.11.2014, 4:00 pm, Museum Kino 2

Monireh Baradaran was born in northern Iran in 1955 and grew up in a politically active family in Teheran. She and her relatives paid dearly for their fight against the dictatorship, with prison sentences, kidnappings and executions. Baradaran was arrested for the first time under the dictatorship of the Shah in 1978. She was released in the winter of 1979. Another imprisonment followed in October of 1981, this time at the instigation of the newly founded Islamic Republic of Iran. Monireh Baradaran spent the following 9 years in various prisons in Teheran. At this same time her brother, who had already spent eight years in prison during the Pahlewi dictatorship, was executed. Baradaran has lived in Germany as an author in exile since 1991. Here she has again studied social sciences, with interruption. She was occupied for four years with writing her memoirs and with the painful process of working through her immensely moving past. Today she writes articles, stories and book critiques for various Iranian magazines, which are published in exile.


As author: Awaking out of the Nightmare. My Years in the Prisons of Teheran
(Autobiographical Report), 1998
The Social-psychological Examination of Torture in Iran
(Published in Farsi/Persian)
Against Forgetting (Published in Farsi/Persian)

1999 Karl-von-Ossietzky Medal, International League of Human Rights, for her
report on experiences during nine years’ imprisonment in the Islamic Republic of Iran


Sandra Brandl
Film: Flowers of Freedom

Conversation with the audience:
Saturday, 22.11.2014, 6:00 pm, Studio Museum

Sandra Brandl finished her training as an Audio-Visual Media Assistant with focus on film editing at the Essen Mediahouse. She gathered practical experience in the fields of implementation, camera, sound and image engineering and graphics. Along with her training she did an internship of several months at the production company Zeitsprung Pictures in Köln, which resulted in a two-year permanent position there. Sandra Brandl has been working for 17 years as a freelance cutter for the WDR Köln (West German Broadcasting). Her focus is on reporting, features, documentaries, and short films.

Filmography (Selection):
2014 Flowers of Freedom (Documentary for Cinemas)
2014 Holiday in your Home Country (Docu-Series)
2014 The Lioness from the Nile (Documentary)
2013 The Bayer Story (Documentary)
2011 From Paderborn to Pakistan (Report)
2011 Wounded Souls (Documentary)
2010 Silk Road—The Heroin Highway
2009 Ruins, Sadness and Tears (Documentary


Cornelia Grünberg
Film: Achtzehn

Conversation with the audience:
Saturday, 22.11.2014, 4:00 pm, Studio Museum

Cornela Grünberg was born in Berlin in 1959. After her studies in direction and script-writing at the DFFB in Berlin, she worked in television, film and theater. She has been a freelance director and script writer since 1995, and she has also worked as an instructor at different film institutes since 2002. Her motto is variety, which is reflected also in her productions. In her documentary film „Eighteen“ (Achtzehn), she accompanies very closely and with astonishing objectivity four 18-year-old mothers. The film is the second part in Cornelia Grünberg’s long-term documentary film series accompanying the four girls through their pregnancy and the birth of the children of these children, to the point where the children themselves become 14 years old.

Filmography (Selection):
2014 Achtzehn (Documentary)
2012 Das Kunstseidene Mädchen (Theater production/performance)
2012 Vierzehn (Documentary)
2004 Das Geheimnis der Druiden (Documentary)
2002 Wahnsinnsweiber (TV Series)
1997 Zeit des Schweigens (Feature Film)

Awards (Selection):
2014 Nomination German Director’s Award Metropolis in the Category Best Direction for a Documentary Film (Achtzehn)
2012 Special Mention at the international FSFF, Starnberg (Vierzehn)
2007 Grimme Award Nomination (The Ten Commandments)
Main Award in the Competition of the 9th Austrian Film Festival, Cottbus (Two in a Boat)
Golden Sparrow and Award of the MDR Broadcasting Council, Gera (Paul Vier)


Prof. René Harder
Film: Die Hüter der Tundra

Conversation with the audience:
Thursday, 20.11.2014, 8:30 pm, Studio Museum

René Harder was born in 1971 and grew up in the city of Konstanz on Lake Constance. He has worked his way through many stages of study as intern, student of acting and directing to graduation as a film director. He studied acting and directing at the State Institute of St. Petersburg (Russia), applied theater sciences in Giessen, and graduated with a degree in directing at the Institute for Theater, Musical Theater and Film at the University of Hamburg. Since 1999 he has been working freelance at theaters in Hamburg, Görlitz, Leipzig and Konstanz, and as a director, author and actor in film and television. He has been teaching at the Academy of Art and Society in Alfter since April of 2008 and in October of 2008 was named Professor of Acting with focus on scenic studies and project development.
For five years (2007-2012), René Harder researched and filmed the German-Norwegian Documentary The Guardians of the Tundra, which had its premiere at the International Film Festival in Locarno in 2013.

Projects (Selection):
As Director:
--Production of own works: Theater Görlitz, 1999, God’s Acre is Blooming, 2009, All or Nothing
--Production of other works: 2011 Kasimir and Karoline by Ödon von Horvath, Theater Bonn/Alanus University, 2007 Parked Away, premiere by Ulrike Syha
--Film (Script and Direction): 2012 The Guardians of the Tundra, 2009 Mr. Pilipenko and the Red Carpet, the supporting film about Danach 2006 Mr. Pilipenko and His Submarine.
As Author:
--2013 Ash Gray and Shimmering. The Debut between Drama and Crisis, Drama, Theater Bonn
--2004 The Go-Hear Walk, a walkable radio play through the Biblical landscape and historical old town of Görlitz
As Actor:
--Theater: 1999-2010 Gobius, God’s Acre is Blooming, 2004 Ernst Moritz, Lost --Television Film: 2011 Detective Inspector in „Heist“ (short film),
direction: Florian Hoffmann

Audience Award at the renowned Festival in Yamagata (Japan)
„ Best Documentary“ Award in Cleveland
Intermedia-Globe-Silver (Human Relations and Values) at the Hamburg World Media
Festival for Mr. Pilipenko and his Submarine.


Mirjam Leuze
Film: Flowers of Freedom

Conversation with the audience:
Saturday, 22.11.2014, 6:00 pm, Studio Museum

Mirjam Leuze is a Germany based filmmaker living in Cologne. She studied Cultural Anthropology and Theatre- Film- and Television Studies at the University of Cologne and at the National University in Bishkek/Kyrgyzstan. Her work is mainly related to socio-political and development issues. She did films on the environmental and socio-economic impact of gold mines in Northern Peru and the US, the struggle to reach the Millenniums Development Goals in Rwanda and Burundi and the impact of globalization following the life cycle of a mobile phone. The feature length documentary Flowers of Freedom is the most recent project she has been working on. It premiered in February 2014 during the Berlin Film Festival. Flowers of Freedom tells the story of a group of women, who were part of the democratic opposition in Kyrgyzstan and took part in the revolution movement. In 2010 she founded the filmproduction company TOPOS to produce FLOWERS of FREEDOM independently. Besides her own filmmaking she is a facilitator in Participatory Video, working together with young people with an often marginalized background in empowering them to make their own films about their views of the world.

2013 Flowers Of Freedom


Uschi Madeisky
Film: Wo die freien Frauen wohnen

Conversation with the audience:
Monday, 24.11.2014, 6:00 pm, KoKi Herrenberg
Tuesday, 25.11.2014, 6:00 pm, Studio Museum

Uschi Madeisky studied pedagogy and sociology at the University of Hamburg, during which time she also worked in film production. From 1973 to 2002 she was head of the film production company Colorama, which produced films in the cultural category for ZDF, ARD (German public broadcasting stations) and for training institutions. She has been focusing on documentary films about matriarchal cultures since the middle of the 1990’s. She passes on her knowledge about these cultures through film presentations, lectures and conferences. She also teaches at the Academy ALMA MATER in Karlsruhe, publishes in professional journals and writes reviews. In 2006, she founded the Matria Val Association together with renowned researchers of matriarchy, and she serves as the president. Through this network she has participated with her documentary films in large conferences, such as the World Congress for Matriarchal Research.

Filmographie (Selection):
2014 Wo die freien Frauen wohnen
2011 Die Tochter – eine Clansaga aus dem Matriarchat der Khasi
2010 Die furchtlos hinter den Tod gehen
2007 Das Jahr der Erde


Dagmar Margotsdotter-Fricke
Film: Wo die freien Frauen wohnen

Conversation with the audience:
Monday, 24.11.2014, 6:00 pm, KoKi Herrenberg
Tuesday, 25.11.2014, 6:00 pm, Studio Museum

The nurse, certified social education worker and author experienced patriarchal family
structure as a daughter and later as a wife. She could free herself , and she now lives
closely with her mother, her three sons and brothers, with friends and strangers. She is
a family trainer, has studied shamanic practices and works together with many others
on a matriarchal view of the world. She currently teaches and studies at the

2014 Wo die freien Frauen wohnen


Daniela Parr
Film: Wo die freien Frauen wohnen

Conversation with the audience:
Monday, 24.11.2014, 6:00 pm, KoKi Herrenberg
Tuesday, 25.11.2014, 6:00 pm, Studio Museum

After graduation as a film and media major at the Film Academy of Baden-Württemberg
in Ludwigsburg and at UCLA in Los Angeles, Daniela Parr teaches at the University of
Esslingen in the Media Pedagogy Department. She holds film seminars on script,
direction and camera, and conducts workshops on preparation for entrance
examinations at the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy in Ludwigsburg and the
München University for Film and Television HFF, among others. She spent two months
with the matriarchal society of the Mosuo in China in 2012 to shoot the film.

2014 Wo die freien Frauen wohnen
2011 The Daughter - a Clansaga from the Khasi Matriarchy


Monika Schäfer
Film: Aufstand der Putzfrauen. Kein Job, kein Geld, aber Power!

Conversation with the audience:
Sunday, 23.11.2014, 4:00 pm, Studio Museum with subsequent talk show

Monika Schäfer is a TV Journalist and works as an editor for North German
Broadcasting and as a freelance author. Born in Bensheim an der Bergstraße, she
studied political science, public relations and German studies in Mainz and London. She
wrote radio reports for Deutschlandfunk (German Broadcasting Station), die Deutsche
Welle (Germany’s International Broadcaster) and SWR (Southwest German Broadcasting). From 2002 to 2006 she worked as a reporter and author for North German Television, for the programs ARD Exclusive, Mare TV, The Market, Plus Minus and for the Arte channel editorial staff. In April of 2006 she took a research trip to India for the organisation Journalists.Network. Monika Schäfer lives in Hamburg.

Filmography (Selection):
2007 Die Glockengießer-Familie aus Innsbruck
2007 Angeln wie im Wohnzimmer (am Sankt Lorenz-Strom)
2006 Fyne-Kost (Loch Fyne – der edelste Fjord Schottlands)
2006 Bitte anschreiben. Brot und Schnaps auf Rädern
2005 Aufstand der Putzfrauen. Kein Job, kein Geld, aber Power
2004 Tschechen. Deutsche. Autos – Reise ins neue Europa

2006 Medienpreis Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Bitte anschreiben. Brot und Schnaps auf Rädern)
2006 Axel Springer Peis für Junge Journalisten (Aufstand der Putzfrauen. Kein Job, kein Geld, aber Power!)
2005 Juliane-Bartel-Förderpreis, Niedersächsischer Frauen-Medien-Preis (Aufstand der Putzfrauen. Kein Job, kein Geld, aber Power!)


Christian Vizi
Film: Flowers of Freedom

Conversation with the audience:
Saturday, 22.11.2014, 6:00 pm, Studio Museum

Born in 1961 in Güssing, Austria, Christian Vizi studied psychology and film and photo design at the University of Applied Sciences in Dortmund. He first worked as a cameraman, and until the end of 1997 he was involved in several international cinema co-productions (POUSSIERES D’AMOUR, THE HARPIST, THE SHOE, etc. ) as the production manager and producer for the Schlemmer Film Company. From 2000 to 2004 he produced several international feature and documentary films for the Troika Entertainment Company. His last project was to complete as Executive Producer the documentary film SPIEL VERDERBER (SPOILSPORTS), which won the Hessian Film Award and was screened successfully in the cinemas. His main focus has been script development and the realization of emotional and creative documentary films.

Filmographie (Selection):
2012 Liebe letzte Grüße
2012 Die Mühen der Ebene
2011 Dein Vater hat sich gemeldet
2011 elektrostancija
2009 Spielverderber
2000 101 Reykjavik

2000 Youth Jury Award, Locarno Wettbewerb (101 Reykjavik)
2000 FIPRESCI Award, Thessaloniki Film Festival (101 Reykjavik)
2000 Discovery Award, Toronto Film Festival (101 Reykjavik)


Heike Hänsel

Panel Conversation:
Sunday, November 23, 2014, 6:00 p.m., Cinema Studio Museum

Heike Hänsel was born in Stuttgart in 1966 and after her High School Graduation studied Catholic theology and nutritional sciences, including in Jakarta, Indonesia. Since 1988 she has taken many foreign trips to different countries in Latin America, the Balkans and the Middle East, among them with a delegation of women in 2007 which went to Lebanon, Syria and Israel/Palestine, and she also attended the World Social Forums in Venezuela and Kenia. She has worked since 1997 with the Society Culture of Peace, since 2001 with ATTAC, and in 2000 she was active in the campaign for a fair trade department store, organized by the contact point for the environment and development in Stuttgart.

As of 2005, she has been elected to the German Bundestag for three successive legislative periods as a member of the party DIE LINKE and is currently the spokeswoman on development issues for the Left parliamentary group. She has worked on different Bundestag committees, among them as Chairwoman of the United Nations Subcommittee, on the Committee for International Organizations and Globalization, the Foreign Affairs Committee, the Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid, and the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Sustainable Development. She has worked with a number of bilateral parliamentary groups which have to do with Latin America, Greece, Bosnia, Iran, and the Middle East. She is also a member of the German parliamentary forum for sexual and reproductive health and justice.

Peace Plenum/Antiwar Alliance Tübingen
Attac Germany
Trade Union ver.di
Sponsoring member of the Left Party youth (solid)
German Peace Society—United Opponents of War (DFG-VK)
School of Thought for the Solar Age
Pax Christi
Association of the Victims of the Nazi Regime—Federation of Antifascists


Margrit Paal

Panel Conversation:
Sunday, November 23, 2014, 6:00 p.m., Cinema Studio Museum