Alondra ¡La Maestra!
de la Parra Portrait
(in progress)
Director: Christian Berger
Distributor: C Major Entertainment
Length: approx. 52 min.
16:9 shot in HD-Cam
© 2018, a BFMI production in co-production with ZDF/Arte, Deutsche Welle and Dorn Music
36-year old Mexican con­ductor Alondra de la Parra is one of those trailblazers who has just made history by be­ing ap­pointed the first female con­ductor and mu­sic di­rector of the Queens­land Sympho­ny Or­chestra, one of Aus­tralia’s three largest Or­chestras. In 2004 she became the first Mexican woman to conduct in New York and in 2014, she led the Or­chestre de Paris. Clearly breaking barri­ers is standard fare for Alondra. Howev­er, her approach to this as­pect of her job is to show girls that their identity should be mul­ti-dimen­sion­al, not just dictated by gender or any single ti­tle.

“I am a woman, I am a Mexican, but that is just part of the many ingre­di­ents that make me who I am. We bring to the podium ev­ery­thing that one is. One can only be who one is and noth­ing else, it’s the expe­ri­ences of your life that you share with oth­ers.”
Her lat­est ap­point­ment as the Queens­land Sympho­ny Or­chestra’s Mu­sic Di­rector of­ficially starts in 2017. This marks a special point in the or­chestra’s history, not only because they decided on a young woman but also because it is the first time they have ev­er ap­pointed a mu­sic di­rector. Aside from her mu­sical prowess, the doc­u­mentary traces the mul­ti­ple facets of Alondra’s life, accompa­nies her on her tours as well as Brisbane, and gives in­sight into Alondra’s fam­ily history. The film also cap­tures Alondra in her home­town Mexico City.