Putting a much-needed spotlight on electronic music’s founders, new documentary Sisters with Transistors seeks to tell the story of the genre’s origins and, most importantly, the lesser known women who made modern electronic music possible. 

Sisters with Transistors, which premiered earlier this year at SXSW, Sheffield Doc Fest and CPH:DOX, where it won a special mention in the Next Wave award category, is now slated for a screening at the upcoming AFI Fest, hosted by the American Film Institute. With the event taking place from October 15th to 22nd, Sisters with Transistors is one of seven LGBTQ films to be featured, according to Q Voice News. You can watch it on October 17th at 12PM PT. 

Diving into the origins of electronic music in the early 20th century, the film will highlight female music composers who pioneered the use and development of machines and technologies that ultimately formed the basis for today’s production tools. Even more, Sisters with Transistors will highlight the lack of awareness about these women, sharing a deeper message about gender-based discrimination in the industry and their resulting erasure from mainstream music history. “The history of women has been a history of silence,” the film’s website reads. “Music is no exception.” 

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