USA | 2023 | 88 min. | Maggie Contreras

October 7, 2023

SIFF DocFest

Five women from around the world gather to compete in the prestigious, ultra-competitive “La Maestra” competition, the only competition in the world for female classical orchestra conductors.

Sunny Xia (Douglas F. King Assistant Conductor, Seattle Symphony) scheduled to introduce the film.

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“Shot with an 80% female crew (a staggering statistic and an all-too-rare one), Maestra is earnest, authentic, and wholehearted in its attempts to capture the life, passion, and spirit of women in a cutthroat field.” —Oscars Central

In March 2022, fourteen women assembled in Paris to show the world the singular talent that unites them and which, for far too long, has been considered the pursuit of only men. Following five of the competitors, Maggie Contreras’ debut documentary feature offers a riveting look at the challenges and triumphs experienced by the five contestants over the four day competition: from an introverted Ukrainian struggling to focus on the event while Russia invades her country, to an inexperienced Polish student who's only performed four times, to a French expat who fled her country many years ago but now returns seeking personal validation. Along the way, these mothers, daughters, rebels, and leaders share their personal stories of survival, passion and perseverance—all masterfully woven together with the drama and excitement of this one of a kind event created to break yet another glass ceiling for women.

  • Director: Maggie Contreras
  • Principal Cast: Marin Alsop, Deborah Borda, Mélisse Brunet, Ustina Dubitsky, Tamara Dworetz, Kwamé Ryan, Anna Sułkowska-Migon, Zoe Zeniodi
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: USA, Northern Ireland
  • Year: 2023
  • Running Time: 88 min.
  • Producer: Mel Miller
  • Screenplay: Maggie Contreras, Neil Berkeley
  • Editors: Elisa Bonora, Finola Couling, Rupert Hall
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: English, Greek