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Monti, Adriana

Video, film and documentary maker During the 1970s, Monti was deeply involved in the feminist movement and worked mostly in television and experimental video art. In 1979 she began filming a group of housewives involved in a mature age education scheme called the ‘150 hours’, a process that lasted several years and which eventually became the 16mm documentary Scuola senza fine (School Without End) (1983). In the early 1980s she also worked as assistant director to Luigi Comencini and directed her first feature, Gentili signore (Kind Ladies), in 1988. Less well known to the wider public than to other filmmakers, she has nevertheless provided an important contribution to women’s cinema and to documentary film-making in Italy.