Friday Film Fest: Die Glasbläserin (2016)
This made for television movie is the literary adaptation of the first part of the bestselling trilogy by Petra Durst-Bennings. It is set in Lauscha in the forest of Thuringia in 1891. It tells the story of the two sisters Johanna and Marie Steinmann who try to continue their family owned glass blowing business after the death of their widowed father. They encounter great resistance since women are not allowed to own these type of businesses in this male dominated world. Sexual insults and attacks on both of them test their resilience as they strive to carve out a living with more artistic designs which includes the invention of the Christmas ornament, the “Weihnachtskugel”. The two sisters were and are role models for female entrepreneurs everywhere.