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Directed by Women

Directed by Women

A curated collection of films directed by women with featured selections by AWFJ. Filmmakers include Maren Ade, Véra Belmont, Marleen Gorris, Jessica Hausner, Atsuko Hirayanagi, Wanuri Kahiu, Mélanie Laurent, Maiwenn, Rungano Nyoni, Alice Rohrwacher, Julie Taymor, Cathy Yan, and more!

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Directed by Women
  • Oh Lucy!

    Movie

    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selection! Read an excerpt from Liz Whittemore's AWFJ review: "At the suggestion of her niece, lonely middle-aged Setsuko takes English lessons. When her plucky teacher John goes missing, Setsuko gets on a plane to California in search of love and a life-changin...

  • Over the Limit

    Movie

    Superstar rhythmic gymnast Margarita Mamun has reached a crucial moment in her career. At the age of twenty, she is soon to retire but has one final goal: winning Olympic gold. As Margarita pushes her body to its breaking point, Irina Viner-Usmanova, her strict coach, assails her with caustic, wi...

  • Queen of Hearts: Audrey Flack

    Movie

    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selection! Read an excerpt from Liz Braun's AWFJ review: "QUEEN OF HEARTS: AUDREY FLACK is a love letter to the artist and a mini-lesson in 20th Century gender politics and American art history. Lauded as a pioneer of photorealism, Flack was famous in the 1970s ...

  • Rara
    Movie

    Rara

    Movie

    Since their parents split up, Sara and her younger sister live with their mother, whose new partner is a woman. Everyday life for the four of them is very similar to any other family. While the situation is perfectly fine with Sara, not everyone sees it the same way. Her father, in particular, ha...

  • Silent Land

    Movie

    After arriving at an Italian villa, vacationing couple Adam (Dobromir Dymecki) and Anna (Agnieszka Żulewska) discover that the swimming pool is empty. Ignorant to the fact that the island is facing a water shortage, they call for it to be repaired. But when the migrant worker sent to fix the prob...

  • Song Without a Name
    Movie + 1 extra

    Song Without a Name

    Movie + 1 extra

    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selection! Read an excerpt from Diane Carson's AWFJ review: "In SONG WITHOUT A NAME, Peruvian director Melina León with tender compassion tells a tragic tale of abducted newborns. Never hurried, the story, inspired by actual events, unfolds at a measured pace wi...

  • Sun, Heart, Love

    Movie

    Lifelong friends Eli (Isabella Ragonese) and Vale (Eva Grieco) have chosen very different paths in life: Eli has four children, an unemployed husband and a job with an almost impossible commute. Vale is single, a dancer and performer and makes ends meet by working in clubs. Tied by a profound emo...

  • The Cambridge Squatter

    Movie

    In search of a place to stay, refugees, only recently arrived from the Congo, Palestine and Syria, join forces with homeless migrant families and occupy a building in downtown São Paulo. Together they transform what used to be the Cambridge Hotel into a stage for their struggles and tragicomic ev...

  • The Dreamed Path

    Movie

    In the 1980s, foreign travelers Kenneth and Theres sing on the streets to make money while backpacking around Greece. The two are in love, but upon learning that Kenneth's mother had an accident in England, he hastily abandons Theres and returns home. Thirty years later in Berlin, Ariane, a 40-ye...

  • The Last Autumn

    Movie

    Centuries ago, humans first arrived with their livestock on the isolated Icelandic coast – a remote land pushed up against the inhospitable Arctic Ocean that has been home to generations of farmers. Úlfar and Oddny, an aging Icelandic couple, are among this legacy, completely in rhythm with the l...

  • The Pencil

    Movie

    Antonina, an artist from Saint Petersburg, follows her husband, a political prisoner, to the deep north province of Russia. As she starts teaching art in a local school, she finds herself opposed by a twelve-year-old boy, Misha, whose brother is a feared local gang leader.

    DIRECTED BY NATALYA NA...

  • The White King
    Movie + 1 extra

    The White King

    Movie + 1 extra

    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selection! Read an excerpt from Lonita Cook's AWFJ review: "When we try to create perfection, something gruesome might emerge instead. Unyielding, unforgiving. This is certainly the dystopian nature of THE WHITE KING's fictitious Homeland where Djata and his mot...

  • When the Trees Fall

    Movie

    Five-year-old Vitka and her teenage cousin Larysa both yearn for a life beyond the archaic rules and restricting confines of their small, godforsaken Ukrainian village. Despite her family's staunch objections, Larysa falls wildly in love with Scar, a handsome ex-convict. Hoping to leave their tro...

  • White River

    Movie

    Yang Fan lives in quiet Yanjiao and follows a daily routine that consists of cooking, cleaning and observing strict quarantine rules. But this mundane existence soon gives way to erotic entanglements when she begins sleeping with a neighborhood waiter under the watchful eye of her husband.

    The f...

  • Yugodivas

    Movie

    An actress, a painter, and three musicians from Belgrade pursue their dreams while seeking a new beginning in New York City. The outbreak of the war in 1991 and the bomb raids on Belgrade in the spring of 1999 have changed their lives forever. Despite the vibrant lives and careers they enjoy, mem...

  • Yuni
    Movie

    Yuni

    Movie

    Having rejected a marriage proposal and now facing limited options after graduation, Indonesian high school student Yuni (Arawinda Kirana) finds herself having to define her desires within a society attempting to prescribe her fate. Navigating her burgeoning sexuality and educational prospects wh...