It's a Woman's World

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    More and more films by female filmmakers examine being a woman in our world today. From celebrities to obscure dreamers, from the filmmaker's own self to large-scale socio-political research, these films present a holistic, though never complete, view.

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    The Ambassador’s Wife

    • Theresa Traore Dahlberg
    • 2018

    An incisive and amusing portrait of a slightly frustrated ambassador’s wife in Burkina Faso, West Africa.


    • Yaser Talebi
    • 2018

    The 82-year-old Firouzeh prefers a hard, solitary herder’s existence with her cows to a more comfortable life among people.


    • Naomi Kawase
    • 2006

    This intensely intimate and sometimes painful film is part of Naomi Kawase’s series of short films about her adoptive mother.


    • Sara Fattahi
    • 2018

    What does war do to your mind? Three Syrian women make us their companions in grief and inner disengagement. Winner of a Golden Leopard at Locarno.

    Doomed Beauty

    • Helena Třeštíková
    • 2016

    Film diva Lída Baarová looks back at her life, which has been marked by her affair with the Nazi Joseph Goebbels.


    • Naomi Kawase
    • 1992

    In this first film in a short series about her family, Naomi Kawase searches for her father.

    In Search...

    • Beryl Magoko
    • 2018

    Director Beryl Magoko seeks the advice of fellow survivors of female genital mutilation. Can reconstructive surgery help to heal her traumas?


    • Naomi Kawase
    • 1994

    Naomi Kawase’s affectionate and poignant portrait of the great-aunt who adopted her, and of their intimate bond.

    La bonita

    • Maria del Mar Rosario
    • 2018

    Close-up shots without commentary of often painful cosmetic treatments reveal how heavily women can be burdened by the dictates of beauty.


    • Helena Třeštíková
    • 1975

    In this graduation piece, the young director’s eye for detail brings an everyday miracle to life.

    Mirror Cookie

    • Sophia Al-Maria
    • 2018

    At a dressing table-cum-hall of mirrors, the Chinese-American actor Bai Ling recites her monologue packed with self-validating mantras.

    Mussolini’s Sister

    • Juna Suleiman
    • 2018

    Within the small world of the elderly Hiam, large themes such as arranged marriage, loneliness and decline are explored through her granddaughter’s camera lens.


    • María Silvia Esteve
    • 2018

    A poetic family chronicle in which a diplomat’s daughter and her sisters try to come to grips with the tragic life of their mother.

    Sylvana, Demon or Diva

    • Ingeborg Jansen
    • 2018

    When former TV personality Sylvana Simons enters the Dutch political arena with her party BIJ1, the going is tougher than she ever expected.


    • Rahima Gambo
    • 2018

    A multimedia story encapsulating the experiences of Nigerian students who want to continue learning, despite the atrocities carried out by Boko Haram.

    The Trial

    • Maria Ramos
    • 2018

    A courtroom drama about the impeachment of Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff, documenting the political theater and structures of power.

    Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist

    • Lorna Tucker
    • 2018

    A fantastically documented portrait of flamboyant fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, who has most recently become a climate activist.

    What Walaa Wants

    • Christy Garland
    • 2018

    The rebellious Walaa is growing up with few prospects in the dangerous environment of a Palestinian refugee camp. The escape route she dreams of is to join the police.

    Yours in Sisterhood

    • Irene Lusztig
    • 2018

    Letters published in the feminist magazine Ms. cover everything from nuclear energy to sex. Forty years on, the letters are read again.


    • Young Sun Noh
    • 2018

    A poetic musing in which the Korean filmmaker Young Sun Noh dreams about her Japanese grandmother, whom she never knew.

    #Female Pleasure

    • Barbara Miller
    • 2018

    Mechanisms of hostility toward women span cultures, religions and continents, as we see in this portrait of five women fighting for their sexual freedom and autonomy.