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As a filmmaker engrossed by women and politics, Margarethe von Trotta could hardly have found a better place to begin her career than in ’70s West Germany, where gun-toting female bank robbers with ideological agendas were suddenly prominent. Made in 1977, The Second Awakening of Christa Klages was von Trotta’s solo debut as a director. (She had already made The Lost Honor of Katherina Blum with her then-husband, Volker Schlondorff.) It’s a tale of a woman who knocks over a bank in order to save the day-care center where she works—and which her young daughter attends. Christa finds herself pursued by both the police and a former hostage in the film, which presages such masterly von Trotta studies as Marianne and Juliane. The director, whose latest movie is Rosenstrasse, will attend screenings of this film and (on Friday, Sept. 10) of her 2003 political/adultery drama The Other Woman (see Showtimes for a complete schedule) at 6:30 p.m. at the Goethe Institut, 812 7th St. NW. $5. (202) 289-1200. (Mark Jenkins)