Directed by Women


KARAMA HAS NO WALLS
KARAMA HAS NO WALLS

Middle Eastern Studies  Political Science  World History  Media Studies  Peace & Conflict  Short Films  2014  Academy Award Winners & Nominees  The Arab Spring  Directed by Women 

2014 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Short Subject, Karama Has No Walls is a gripping, eye-witness account of a tragic day that changed the course of the revolution in Yemen; when pro-government snipers opened fired on a peaceful gathering of protesters, sparking national outrage and ultimately leading to the end of 33 years of autocratic rule.

SUITCASE OF LOVE AND SHAME
SUITCASE OF LOVE AND SHAME

American Studies  Human Sexuality  Media Studies  Anthropology  Psychology & Psychiatry  Sociology  Women's Studies  2014  Directed by Women 

A forbidden love story played out in a decade that would soon spawn the sexual revolution, Suitcase of Love and Shame reconstructs a mesmerizing and erotic narrative from 60 hours of reel-to-reel audiotape discovered in a suitcase purchased on eBay. A fascinating, one-of-a-kind documentary, it addresses issues of morality, sexism, privacy vs. exhibitionism, and the impact of technology in yesterday's America as well as today's.

FINDING HILLYWOOD
FINDING HILLYWOOD

African Studies  Cinema Studies  Peace & Conflict  2014  Directed by Women 

A stirring documentary about the very beginning of Rwanda's film industry, Finding Hillywood looks at the people - the filmmakers, festival organizers, and audience - that are part of this blossoming film community and shows how it has become a beacon of hope and healing for a country still grappling with its past.

AGNES VARDA: FROM HERE TO THERE
AGNES VARDA: FROM HERE TO THERE

Art History  Cinema Studies  2014  Directed by Women 

The much-anticipated follow up to Agnes Varda's The Beaches of Agnes, From Here to There is a five-part documentary series that chronicles the peerless and indefatigable director's travels around the world, meeting friends, artists and filmmakers, for an expansive view of the contemporary art scene.

YOUR DAY IS MY NIGHT
YOUR DAY IS MY NIGHT

Asian-American Studies  Asian Studies  American Studies  Urban Studies  Women's Studies  New York City  2014  Directed by Women  Immigration 

Blending autobiographical monologues, intimate conversations, and staged performances, Lynne Sachs' Your Day Is My Night documents the lives of Chinese immigrants sharing a "shift-bed" apartment in the heart of New York City's Chinatown, offering a deeply felt portrait of the Asian-American immigrant experience.

PEOPLE'S PARK
PEOPLE'S PARK

Anthropology  Asian Studies  Cinema Studies  Cultural Studies  2014  Sensory Ethnography Lab  Directed by Women 

Produced at Harvard's groundbreaking Sensory Ethnography Lab (Sweetgrass, Leviathan, the upcoming Manakamana), People's Park is an exhilarating single shot documentary that immerses viewers in an unbroken journey through an urban park in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, offering a fresh gaze on public interaction, leisure and self-expression in China.

ZIPPER: CONEY ISLAND'S LAST WILD RIDE
ZIPPER: CONEY ISLAND'S LAST WILD RIDE

Urban Studies  New York City  Architecture  American Studies  Political Science  2013  Directed by Women 

A documentary about greed, politics, urban development and renewal, the award-winning Zipper: Coney Island's Last Wild Ride is an absorbing chronicle of the efforts to redevelop an iconic American landmark, Coney Island.

NOWA CUMIG: THE DRUM WILL NEVER STOP
NOWA CUMIG: THE DRUM WILL NEVER STOP

Environmental Studies  Native American Studies  Anthropology  American Studies  2013  Directed by Women 

Featuring extensive interviews, rare photographs and archival footage, this is a fascinating, candid portrait of Dennis Banks ("Nowa Cumig" in Ojibwe), co-founder of the American Indian Movement. The film chronicles the history of the American Indian Movement, from the Custer Trail to Wounded Knee to the Longest Walk.

MUSICWOOD
MUSICWOOD

Environmental Studies  Native American Studies  Music  Performing Arts  2013  Business  Directed by Women 

For hundreds of years, the acoustic guitar has been made from the same species of Spruce. Today, due to an extreme logging practice known as clear-cutting, this tree is in danger of disappearing - and with it, the acoustic guitar. In this captivating documentary, owners of the top guitar makers unite with Greenpeace and travel to the largest forest in the US to meet with Native American landowners in the hope of finding a sustainable solution.

BOB AND THE MONSTER
BOB AND THE MONSTER

Music  Alcohol & Drug Abuse  Psychology & Psychiatry  2013  Directed by Women 

Bob and the Monster follows outspoken indie-rock hero Bob Forrest through his life-threatening struggle with addiction to his transformation into one of the most influential and controversial drug counselors in the US today (appearing alongside Dr. Drew Pinsky on shows such as "Celebrity Rehab" and "Sober House.")

THE HILL
THE HILL

2013  African-American Studies  American Studies  Sociology  Urban Studies  Directed by Women 

Clinging to the last affordable housing in a rapidly gentrifying city, a determined group of neighbors come together when the city claims eminent domain over their land in order to build a new school. An absorbing look at the complex issues surrounding urban planning, gentrification and economic renewal.

ANDRE GREGORY: BEFORE AND AFTER DINNER
ANDRE GREGORY: BEFORE AND AFTER DINNER

Performing Arts  Literature  New York City  American Studies  2013  Directed by Women 

A wonderful exploration of the life and work of groundbreaking director, actor and artist Andre Gregory. A witty and often hilariously funny raconteur, Gregory looks back on a career that spanned decades, from his influential theatre work to the making of the Louis Malle-directed classic My Dinner with Andre, in which he starred and co-wrote.

LEVIATHAN
LEVIATHAN

Anthropology  Cinema Studies  Environmental Studies  Labor Studies  2013  Sensory Ethnography Lab  Directed by Women 

One of the most critically-acclaimed documentaries in recent years, Leviathan is a groundbreaking, immersive portrait of the contemporary commercial fishing industry. Directed by the award-winning filmmakers of Sweetgrass and Foreign Parts, Leviathan is a purely visceral, cinematic experience.

THE WELCOME: a healing journey for war veterans and their families
THE WELCOME: a healing journey for war veterans and their families

Psychology & Psychiatry  American Studies  Native American Studies  Performing Arts  2013  Directed by Women 

An up-close and emotionally resonant look at a diverse group of veterans, from Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq, who come together to participate in a healing retreat. The Welcome offers an intimate view of life after war: the fear, anger and isolation of post-traumatic stress that affects veterans and family members alike.

THE YOUNG ANCESTORS
THE YOUNG ANCESTORS

Native American Studies  Anthropology  Sociology  American Studies  2013  Directed by Women 

The Young Ancestors explores the growing movement within American Indian communities to revitalize their native languages before they become extinct. An inspiring documentary, it follows a group of teenagers, who as part of a pilot program created by the Indigenous Language Institute, are learning their native language for the first time.

ELEMENTAL
ELEMENTAL

Environmental Studies  Native American Studies  Asian Studies  2013  Directed by Women 

A powerful and unusually intimate portrait of modern environmental activism, Elemental captures the stories of three eco-warriors, separated by oceans, but united by their deep connection with nature and commitment to confront some of the most pressing ecological challenges of our time.

RESTORING THE LIGHT
RESTORING THE LIGHT

Anthropology  Asian Studies  Disabilities  Health  Economics  Cultural Studies  Children & Young Adult  2013  Medicine  Directed by Women 

A heart-wrenching documentary, Restoring the Light observes the work of a dedicated ophthalmologist who operates a non-profit mobile eye clinic in one of China's poorest regions, as well as the lives of his patients. It captures the adversities and hopes of a population that has been left behind in the wake of China's dizzying economic boom.

WORDS OF WITNESS
WORDS OF WITNESS

Middle Eastern Studies  Women's Studies  Media Studies  Political Science  World History  Peace & Conflict  Family Relations  2013  The Arab Spring  Directed by Women 

A fascinating account of Egypt post-revolution, Words of Witness follows a 22-year-old female reporter, an incredible, fearless young woman, as she covers her country's unsteady transition to democracy. From the director of Garbage Dreams, a dynamic portrait of the youth movement that sparked the revolution and its continued reliance on social media.

SEE YOU SOON AGAIN
SEE YOU SOON AGAIN

Jewish Studies  Psychology & Psychiatry  Education  World History  2012  Directed by Women 

Do people still want to hear stories about the Holocaust? This question plagues Leo Bretholz, a Holocaust survivor who has recounted his story to thousands of students across the country. See You Soon Again is a singular film about the weight of history, about how hard it is to tell a story of unspeakable suffering, and how impossible it is not to.

35 SHOTS OF RUM (narrative)
35 SHOTS OF RUM (narrative)

Narrative Films  Cinema Studies  2012  Directed by Women 

Widely hailed as one of the best films of 2009, the latest from the renowned director of Beau Travail, Claire Denis' sublime 35 Shots of Rum is the moving story of a father and daughter whose close-knit, tender relationship is disrupted by a handsome young suitor.

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