Women Filmmakers

Women Filmmakers

Women Filmmakers
  • Variety
    Movie + 1 extra


    Movie + 1 extra

    Directed by Bette Gordon • 1983 • United States
    Starring Sandy McLeod, Will Patton, Richard M. Davidson

    The provocative, sexually charged tale of a woman’s journey of self-discovery, Bette Gordon’s independent landmark offers a bold challenge to conventional notions of feminism and pornography. ...

  • Mary Jane’s Not a Virgin Anymore

    Movie + 1 extra

    Directed by Sarah Jacobson • 1996 • United States
    Starring Lisa Gerstein, Chris Enright, Greg Cruikshank, Marny Snyder Spoons

    The punk-spirited films of Sarah Jacobson combine B-movie aesthetics, riot grrrl feminism, and the DIY ethos of the 1990s zine scene into unfiltered and subversive looks...

  • Alma Punk


    Directed by Sarah Minter • 1991 • Mexico
    Starring Ciro Basilio, Ana Hernandez, Marco Pavon

    Alma (Ana Hernández) spends her days in screen printing, selling records at swap meets, and rehearsing plays and making fanzines with her friends. But Mexico City’s vibrant counterculture scene won’t keep...

  • Girlfight
    Movie + 4 extras


    Movie + 4 extras

    Directed by Karyn Kusama • 2000 • United States
    Starring Michelle Rodriguez, Jaime Tirelli, Paul Calderon

    Bullied by her father at home and feeling adrift at school, Diana Guzman (Michelle Rodriguez) finds refuge in an unexpected pocket of her native Brooklyn—a timeworn boxing gym, where she lea...

  • Girlhood


    Directed by Céline Sciamma • 2014 • France
    Starring Karidja Touré, Assa Sylla, Lindsay Karamoh

    Fed up with her abusive family situation, lack of school prospects, and the “boys’ law” in the neighborhood, Marieme starts a new life after meeting a group of three free-spirited girls. She changes he...

  • Old Boyfriends
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    Old Boyfriends

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    Directed by Joan Tewkesbury • 1979 • United States
    Starring Talia Shire, Richard Jordan, Keith Carradine

    The sole theatrical feature directed by Joan Tewkesbury—whose screenplays for NASHVILLE and THIEVES LIKE US yielded two of Robert Altman’s finest films—is an endlessly intriguing, shaggy-dog ...

  • Directed by Ayoka Chenzira

    1 season

    Working across narrative, documentary, animation, experimental, and interactive cinema, Ayoka Chenzira brings the inner worlds of Black women—their hopes, dreams, anxieties, and struggles—to life with heart, humor, and insight. An all-around creative force, she made her mark as an animator with a...

  • Directed by Sara Driver

    1 season

    Everyday reality slips into surrealist reverie in the uncanny visions of Sara Driver, whose films possess the hallucinatory textures and hypnotic rhythms of a waking dream. A central but often overlooked linchpin of the 1980s downtown New York arts scene, Driver made her directorial debut with YO...

  • Directed by Lizzie Borden

    1 season

    Revolutionary in both content and form, the films of Lizzie Borden testify to the potential of a politically committed cinema to fight back against prevailing representations of women on-screen. Her first three features—the long-unavailable experimental documentary REGROUPING, the dystopian sci-f...

  • Directed by Rosine Mbakam

    1 season

    Working across both documentary and narrative, Cameroonian auteur Rosine Mbakam makes intimate, exquisitely observed portraits of West African women both at home and abroad that illuminate their inner lives with quiet force. In her early shorts DOORS OF THE PAST and YOU WILL BE MY ALLY and in her...

  • Directed by Kinuyo Tanaka

    1 season

    Kinuyo Tanaka was already one of Japan’s greatest actors—celebrated for her collaborations with auteurs like Kenji Mizoguchi, Yasujiro Ozu, and Mikio Naruse—when she took an unprecedented risk by embarking on a directing career in a studio system that actively discouraged female filmmakers. The s...

  • Directed by Marleen Gorris

    1 season

    Director of some of the most provocative and uncompromising films to emerge from the women’s-liberation movement, Dutch filmmaker Marleen Gorris explores questions of gender, sexuality, and violence—and the links between the three—with startling boldness. Her first three features—A QUESTION OF SI...

  • Bergman Island
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    Bergman Island

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    Directed by Mia Hansen-Løve • 2021 • France
    Starring Vicky Krieps, Tim Roth, Mia Wasikowska

    Writer-director Mia Hansen-Løve embarks on a luminous summertime odyssey to the home of Ingmar Bergman for her seventh feature, a graceful, shape-shifting tale about the interplay of life and art and the ...

  • Our Body


    Directed by Claire Simon • 2023 • France

    Timely, intimate, and deeply empathetic, OUR BODY observes the everyday operations of the gynecological ward in a public hospital in Paris. In the process, veteran documentarian Claire Simon questions what it means to live in a woman’s body, filming the d...

  • Our Father, the Devil


    Directed by Ellie Foumbi • 2021 • United States
    Starring Babetida Sadjo, Souleymane Sy Savane, Jennifer Tchiakpe

    Ellie Foumbi’s elegant moral thriller is a grippingly intense exploration of trauma, revenge, and forgiveness that stands as one of the most exciting feature debuts in recent memory. ...

  • Yeast


    Directed by Mary Bronstein • 2008 • United States
    Starring Greta Gerwig, Mary Bronstein, Amy Judd

    A defiantly lo-fi, ripe-for-rediscovery transmission from the early-aughts microbudget boom, Mary Bronstein’s rawer-than-raw portrait of toxic friendship traces the emotional fallout that follows a ...

  • Directed by Shirley Clarke

    1 season

    Experimental icon Shirley Clarke synthesized jazz, modern dance, and abstract expressionism into a dynamic vérité style that put her at the forefront of the emergent American independent film scene of the fifties and sixties. Beginning her artistic career as a dancer, she brought a choreographer’...

  • Directed by Isabel Sandoval

    1 season

    “I’m drawn to women with secrets,” says acclaimed Filipina director Isabel Sandoval, who toys with genre conventions in her subversive portraits of women tangled up in complex sociopolitical realities. A true auteur, Sandoval wrote, produced, directed, and starred in her feature debut, SEÑORITA, ...

  • Plan 75


    Directed by Chie Hayakawa • 2022 • Japan, Philippines
    Starring Chieko Baisho, Hayato Isomura, Stefanie Arianne

    In a dystopian future, Japan’s government launches Plan 75, a program encouraging the elderly to terminate their own lives to relieve its rapidly aging population’s social and economic ...

  • Farewell Amor
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    Farewell Amor

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    Directed by Ekwa Msangi • 2020 • United States
    Starring Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Zainab Jah, Jayme Lawson

    In her luminous feature debut, filmmaker Ekwa Msangi chronicles a broken family’s journey to wholeness with empathy and insight. Seventeen years after his family was separated by the civil wa...

  • Morvern Callar


    Directed by Lynne Ramsay • 2002 • United Kingdom, Canada
    Starring Samantha Morton, Kathleen McDermott, Raife Patrick Burchell

    Lynne Ramsay’s intoxicating study of grief and transformation stars a magnetic Samantha Morton as the eponymous enigma, a young woman who embarks on an audacious, freewhe...

  • Directed by Lina Rodriguez

    1 season

    The search for identity is at the core of Colombian-Canadian director Lina Rodriguez’s intimate, richly impressionistic films. Informed by her own immigrant experience, her narrative features like SO MUCH TENDERNESS and THIS TIME TOMORROW and her acclaimed documentary MY TWO VOICES capture women ...

  • Drylongso
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    Movie + 8 extras

    Directed by Cauleen Smith • 1998 • United States
    Starring Toby Smith, April Barnett, Will Power

    A rediscovered treasure of 1990s DIY filmmaking, Cauleen Smith’s DRYLONGSO embeds an incisive look at racial injustice within a lovingly handmade buddy movie/murder mystery/romance. Alarmed by the rat...

  • De Lo Mio
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    De Lo Mio

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    Directed by Diana Peralta • 2019 • United States
    Starring Sasha Merci, Darlene Demorizi, Héctor Aníbal

    Sibling bonds are both rekindled and tested in the achingly alive feature debut from Diana Peralta. Rita (Sasha Merci) and Carolina (Darlene Demorizi), two high-spirited sisters raised in New Y...