Maggie Contreras, USA 2023, 88’
Polish premiere
Lakota Nation vs. United States Nuclear Now

Maggie Contreras shows the Parisian La Maestra competition for women conductors as not a place of fierce competition, but a space of community and unifying the participants in their struggle for existence in an environment dominated by men and patriarchal orders.

‘Maestra’ Review: Uplifting Documentary Follows a Competition for Women Conductors (The Hollywood Reporter)

Jakub Demiańczuk

Maggie Contreras

Director and producer Maggie Contreras graduated from Boston University and George Washington University. She began her career as a theatrical actress in London, later she played in episodes in television series (including Criminal Minds and Colony), and ultimately settled on directing various documentary forms: short and full-length films, and social campaigns. Maestra is her directorial debut.


2023 Maestra

Cast & Crew

director Maggie Contreras
screenplay Neil Berkeley, Maggie Contreras
cinematography Neil Berkeley, Patrick Bolton, Olympia Mytilinaiou, Isabelle Razavet
editing Elisa Bonora, Finola Couling, Rupert Hall
music Anne Chmelewsky
cast Marin Alsop, Anna Sułkowska-Migoń, Ustina Dubitsky
producer Neil Berkeley, Maggie Contreras, Lauren Lexton, Melanie Miller, Emma West
production BRKLY, Foothill Productions
sales BRKLY
language English
coloration colour
stay in touch
festival partners