Watch films directed by women through March.
Cohosted with the amazing adwest
Why this challenge?
adwest wrote:As a newcomer to the worship of film in all its grandeur, I have been most looking forward to participating in this challenge because I have spent the majority of my adult life studying gender and sexuality. Whether it’s due to biological reasons (i.e. some women choose or are forced to have children) or social differences (i.e. nearly everything else) – women view the world through a different lens. Yet, from the work being done to gather data on the film industry, it’s clear (at least in the U.S.) women aren’t being allowed the same opportunities as men, nor are we represented fairly on the screen. That’s why I think it’s so important to celebrate the films born from the hearts and minds of brave women around the world and I’m looking forward to taking this journey with you, my forum friends.
ii This Changes Everything (2018), directed by Tim Donahue; https://womenandhollywood.com/resources/statistics/; Gina Davis Institute on Gender in Media Research Reports
- Rewatches allowed.
- A feature film (Anything 40 minutes or over) counts as one entry
- A total of 80 minutes of short films/episodes counts as one entry
- Please include the name of the filmmaker and year.
- Regarding films co-directed by women (50% or another percentage due to omnibus films), they all count as one point.
Many thanks to allisoncm for hosting this challenge for years and for doing most of the work to gather all the links in the OP.!
Challenge runs from March 1st, 2021 - March 31st, 2021
BBC's 100 Greatest Films Directed by Women
Female Directors Present on the Jonathan Rosenbaum List
Official movies with a woman director
ICMForum's Favourite Films Directed by Women
Links (not ICM-related):
IndieWire : The 100 All-Time Greatest Films Directed by Women
Sight and Sound's 100 Overlooked Films Directed by Women
Films Directed By Women
100 Films Directed by Women
Allison's Favorite Films Directed by Women
Actresses Who Have Tried Their Hand at Directing
Films Directed by Danish Women
Films Directed by French Women
Films Directed by Norwegian Women
Films Directed by Portuguese Women
A Female Director a Day
Female Directors in Hollywood
Female Directors on UBUWeb
Baalman78's Top 50 Female Directors
https://letterboxd.com/michaelhaneke/li ... -by-women/
Bonus Challenge: Watch any 5 of adwest’s recommendations below to complete this bonus challenge.
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Pariah (2011) – this is a perfectly written screenplay in the way the drama unfolds. It’s also got nearly perfect dialogue, rich with subtext. I learned a lot from it for my own writing life. As a film, I think it’s important because it is an all too common story for young, black lesbians who face rejection from family and community.adwest wrote:On multiple occasions I have been described as fiercely protective of women. Yes, I am a bit sexist. I can admit it. But as a group, women have been oppressed by patriarchy through time and across multiple cultures. We absolutely have to fight for one another and continue to share both our happy and not-so-happy stories. So, the recommendations for this bonus challenge are skewed toward a journey through the myriad ways women’s bodies and often psyches can become broken in a patriarchal world. For this, I don’t apologize but simply ask that you come to them with an open mind, even if you’ve seen them already and thought you didn’t like them.
Brave Miss World (2013) – gender-based violence and rape undeniably important topics that, though difficult to discuss, still need to be faced head-on until we can rid the world of this notion that men have a right to women’s bodies whenever and however they choose. This film does an incredible job of illustrating the long-term impact rape can have on a victim as Miss World goes around and speaks with other survivors.
She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry (2014) – This film took me right back to a class I took in college on Second Wave Radical Feminism. Was the movement perfect—nope—it was racist and homophobic at its core. But these women did forge a path for many of us to have greater opportunities today and for that I think it’s worth spending some time with them, imperfect though they were.
Sex Trafficking in the USA (Part of A Path Appears Series) (2015) – people are often surprised when I mention that most girls and boys who are in prostitution in the United States are U.S. citizens, and often minors. If that surprises you, give this film a chance. Sex Trafficking (forced prostitution) is one of the greatest human rights violations of our time. Let’s change that. [Available on Kanopy]
The Mask You Live In (2015) – I would recommend all of Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s documentaries, but this one specifically is so important to women’s rights. Women’s rights? But it’s about boys and masculinity. Yes, and how we socialize our boys has a direct impact on how our girls are treated and changing a patriarchal rape culture. Plus, every guy I’ve talked to who watched this was like “Yup—I saw myself in it for sure.”
Las Hijas del Fuego (a.k.a. Daughters of Fire) (2018) – Pornography is an issue that splits the feminist movement into two camps – one that sees representations of women’s sexuality as empowering and the other that sees it as exploitative and sometimes violent. What this filmmaker did that was so incredible was try to make a pornographic film that merges these two camps. I think she was incredibly successful at stripping away the things that are so objectionable to feminists while still honoring women’s bodies (every shape/size) and sexuality.
Hannah Gadsbey: Nanette (2018) – I have to throw in a little comedy after all the heaviness on this list. But, not only is Gadsbey funny, she’s got an important story that’s worth hearing.