A short letter

Dear friends and supporters,

it is pleasant to take a look at the current cinema programme – at last there are movies about remarkable women of the last century. The dancer Loïe Fuller, the double Noble Prize winner Marie Curie, the painter Paula Modersohn-Becker, the psychoanalyst Lou Andreas-Salomé; all living in times in which women could study medicine only in liberal-minded Zurich, in which they could neither vote nor sign contracts without their husband’s permission. These are, however, no feminist movies. They are carefully designed portraits showing that women go their own ways relying on their own convictions and strength. We would like to add Dr. Ita Wegman to this illustrious circle. I have come much nearer to the achievement of this goal.

The film project has developed well in 2016. Today I will give a short summary of this progress.

The summer was full of inspiration. I visited the old mystery site near Ephesos – an impressive place. There I was able to deepen my ideas concerning Ita Wegman, finish my exposé and develop the first treatment. By means of interviews with filmmakers and film distributors I tried to find out how the potential of my topic is being assessed. The interviewees gave me full support which inspired me to go on. An online survey provided additional, interesting results. We distinguished between people who are rather closely related to the anthroposophical movement and those who are not. The latter group demonstrated much more interest in the topic. I also got some important advice, e.g. that, even tough she was not in his shadow, Ita Wegman’s story cannot be told without including Rudolf Steiner. They were close friends.

In this autumn we had a stroke of luck: the producer Hartmut Schwenk by Schwenk Film has joined the project. Ita Wegman’s biography can be told from several viewpoints. In the last months it has become apparent that Schwenk and I will be able to develop a joint perspective that suits the performance on television, in the cinema as well as on festivals. We consider it possible to use all available dramaturgical and cinematic means for our movie. We plan a documentary drama, which means that several fictional scenes are integrated into the documentary narrative. The success of our next steps will show if we can realise this idea.

A short forecast:  The “advisory board for the movie“ will have its constituent meeting in January. Ita Wegman’s Europe-wide activity opens up the opportunity for an international cooperation among TV channels and film funds. We hope to be able to present our final financing plan in spring. Our next big step for the presentation of the project at channels is the preparation of the script.

I wish a good, fulfilling time and look forward to further support and sympathy for our project.

With warm regards
Ruth Bamberg