Women, World, Wonder: From a Woman's Perspective

Women are breaking through to the forefront of the film industry after decades of being beaten back. A power structure is withering and fading away, allowing for female voices to be heard above the constant murmur of decades and centuries.

 

Women are breaking through to the forefront of the film industry after decades of being beaten back. A power structure is withering and fading away, allowing for female voices to be heard above the constant murmur of decades and centuries. But the revolution in who seizes that platform has only just begun: here we bring you 14 essential female voices, in 14 films, in both documentary and experimental modes, as a small but fierce contribution to this epic shift. Let’s blow open the debate.

In the very waters where Melville’s pequod gave chase to Moby Dick, Véréna Paravel’s Leviathan (co-directed with Lucien Castaing-Taylor) captures the collaborative clash of man, nature, and machine. Shot on a dozen cameras — tossed and tethered, passed from fisherman to filmmaker — it is a cosmic portrait of one of mankind’s oldest endeavors.

Sofia Bohdanowicz's quiet masterpiece Maison du bonheur is a documentary that studies the day-to-day life of a Parisian astrologer, who has been residing in the same Montmartre apartment for over 50 years. Bohdanowicz brings her characteristic tenderness to bear on a subject whose purposeful, ordered existence exudes an all-encompassing joy rarely felt in contemporary cinema.

American Passages reveals some of the cultural practices in American society, an impressive road-traveling collage of the United States in the era of the Obama administration, and tribute to Robert Frank’s trailblazing collection of photographs, The Americans. Ruth Beckermann documents debates around race, class and gender, mapping subjective geographies as only a peripatetic anthropologist would.

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