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“Sisters Rising” Co-Directors Willow O’Feral and Brad Heck on the power of documentary storytelling for the audience and themselves

“Sisters Rising” is an intimate portrait of 6 Native women who have survived sexual violence and/or domestic violence in their lives, and how that has transformed them. Through their trauma, they have become inspiring women who are fighting to help other women in their communities […]

Asian Pop-Up Cinema Film Fest Season 15: Hoi Yeung on Hong Kong’s “The First Girl I Loved,” co-directed with Candy Ng

Last week Chicago’s Asian Pop-Up Cinema Film Festival wrapped up its 15th season showing eight Hong Kong productions. I was fortunate to interview one of the filmmakers behind one of these movies, Hoi Yeung, about the coming-of-age gem “The First Girl I Loved”, which he […]

Dina Amer takes us on a transformative experience in “You Resemble Me,” now playing in select theaters

I was very fortunate to interview “recovering journalist” and producer (“The Square”) Dina Amer about her feature directorial debut “You Resemble Me,” inspired by a story she first got wrong. The story is about a Muslim woman in France named Hasna who got mixed up […]

Cinema Femme’s 225 Essential Films to see directed by women and non-binary people: Part Two (1982 – 2004) The emergence and discovery of indie gems during the pandemic

The list has been generated by Cinema Femme contributors, and the titles are listed chronologically on our Letterboxd HQ account. Here we highlight some of these films, breaking them down by theme. Today we feature Part Two, highlighting independent films directed by women and non-binary […]

You Can Never Tell What Private Tragedies People Have Had: Filmmaker Marian Mathias on her feature debut, “Runner”

“The world stands out on either sideNo wider than the heart is wide;Above the world is stretched the sky,—No higher than the soul is high.The heart can push the sea and landFarther away on either hand;The soul can split the sky in two,And let the […]

Cinema Femme’s 225 Essential Films to see directed by women and non-binary people: Part One (1906 – 1972) “The Silent Era”, “The Experimental”, and “The Early Auteurs (Agnès Varda, Ida Lupino, and Elaine May)”

The list has been generated by Cinema Femme contributors, and the titles are listed chronologically on our Letterboxd HQ account, here we highlight some of these films breaking them down by theme. Today we feature Part One, highlighting films from 1906 – 1972 titled “The […]

Abigail Fuller’s latest doc “Shepherd’s Song” embraces visual cinematic approaches to non-narrative storytelling

Filmmaker Abigail Fuller (“Chef’s Table”, “Do You Dream in Color?”) was the recipient of the 2019 The North Face’s Move Mountains Film Makers Grant that empowered her to hire female department heads in her newest documentary, “Shepherd’s Song”. This female-backed film focuses on Jenya, a […]