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Monika Treut

Monika Treut (born April 6, 1954 in Mönchengladbach) is an openly lesbian German filmmaker. Monika Treut was born on April 6, 1954 in Mönchengladbach, North Rhine-Westphalia, in what was then West Germany. She attended high school at an all girls state school. She studied German and Political Science at university. After passing the state examination she graduated in 1978. During her studies at university in the mid-1970s she began working with video. She worked as a media associate in Marburg, Frankfurt, and Berlin. In 1984, Treut earned her doctorate degree in philology from the University of Marburg. That same year she founded Hyena Filmproduktion together with Elfi Mikesch, and began producing, writing, and directing independent feature films. The following year Treut made her feature film debut with Seduction: The Cruel Woman, a film that explored sadomasochistic sex practices. Throughout her film career Treut has been involved in several aspects of filmmaking including: acting, directing, producing, writing, filming, and editing. Her film catalogue includes over 20 films, in both her native German, as well as English, languages.

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