7:30 PM, 29th August, 2023
PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE EMBASSY OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY
Despite her historic 16-year tenure as the first female Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel remains something of an enigma. This intimate documentary attempts to paint a personal portrait of one of the world’s most powerful women, using vast archival material and interviews with friends, journalists, political allies, and critics alike.
Spanning the decades from Merkel’s upbringing as a pastor’s daughter in communist East Germany, her studies in quantum chemistry and a surprising start in politics, the film serves as a sobering reminder of the double standards facing women leaders – and just how adept Merkel was at often outsmarting and outstaying her male opponents. A thoughtful re-examination of her life and career from both a domestic and international perspective, this is a life story told with humour, subtlety, and poignancy befitting its remarkable subject.