Balkan Dox

Sisters with Transistors

United Kingdom
2020 — 86 min / Colour and B&W



SISTERS WITH TRANSISTORS is the remarkable untold story of electronic music’s female pioneers, composers who embraced machines and their liberating technologies to utterly transform how we produce and listen to music today. The film maps a new history of electronic music through the visionary women whose radical experimentations with machines redefined the boundaries of music, including Clara Rockmore, Daphne Oram, Bebe Barron, Pauline Oliveros, Delia Derbyshire, Maryanne Amacher, Eliane Radigue, Suzanne Ciani, and Laurie Spiegel. The history of women has been a history of silence.

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Directors' Biography

Lisa Rovner is an artist and filmmaker based in London. All of her creative projects are strung together by a fascination with archives and sound and her underlying aspiration to transform politics and philosophy into cinematographic spectacle. Her films have been presented internationally in art venues and theaters. SISTERS WITH TRANSISTORS is her first feature documentary.

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Lisa Rovner


Anna Lena Vaney


Bill Kirstein


Michael Aaglund

Kara Blake

Mariko Montpetit


Martin Schulz

Screenings & Awards

CPH:DOX, Denmark, 2020

Sheffield Doc/Fest, United Kingdom, 2020

SXSW, United States, 2020

AFI Fest, United States, 2020

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