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Madame Mars (Frankfurt, Germany)

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In celebration of this year’s Women’s History Month, the U.S. Department of State, American Film Showcase, the U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt and DAZ Stuttgart proudly present the exclusive screening of the documentary film Madame Mars: Women and the Quest for Worlds Beyond (32 min) followed by an online discussion via Zoom with the filmmaker Jan Millsapps, the German astrophysicist Dr. Suzanna Randall (European Southern Observatory, Garching / Die Astronautin Foundation) and Anna Green (Head of Project INTENSE and Exhibits, Education, Berlin Planetarium Foundation).

Please join us for a riveting conversation on the role of women and diversity in the past and future of space exploration. The invited speakers share their insights into challenges women continue to face on their journey to space and how they wish to succeed in empowering girls and young women to pursue an education and profession in STEM fields and receive training as astronauts and aeronautical engineers.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: You must register separately for the Zoom panel and the screening. The event will start with the virtual screening on the platform Eventive at 6.30 pm. The panel discussion will start at 7.15 pm.



March 23, 7.15 pm (GMT+1/MEZ)

Organized by the U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt and DAZ Deutsch-Amerikanisches Zentrum James-F.-Byrnes-Institut e.V. Stuttgart  

Presented by the U.S. Department of State and American Film Showcase

In cooperation with Carl-Zeiss-Planetarium Stuttgart, Atlantische Akademie Rheinland-Pfalz e.V., DAI Heidelberg. Das Haus der Kultur, dai Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut Saarland e.V., and d.a.i. Deutsch-Amerikanisches-Institut Tübingen

Film Synopsis Madame Mars: Women and the Quest for Worlds Beyond

In our first space age, we watched as buff-bodied astronaut heroes and can-do men in mission control got us to the moon and back, while space exploration remained an impossible dream for women. Before affirmative action policies, the few women who managed to find positions in the aerospace industry faced formidable and unrelenting workplace challenges. Before STEM education efforts, there were few opportunities and little or no encouragement for girls who yearned to someday explore space. Now, nearly half a century since humans left Earth orbit, a new space age has begun. How can we ensure that women play integrated roles in current and future space exploration efforts worldwide, not only as high-profile astronauts, cosmonauts, and taikonauts, but as skilled members of the global “village” it will take to make all of this happen?

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  • Runtime
    32 minutes
  • Director
    Jan Millsapps