Five feminist films you should see, according to Indiwire
Since the beginning of the cinema, women have played an important role thanks to their innovative vision as producers, directors and screenwriters; in some cases they even ran studies during the silent era.
Films directed by women increasingly becomes more relevant, nevertheless the feminine participation in front of the cinematographic projects continues not being enough. According to a study conducted by the University of San Diego in 2018, led by Dr. Martha Lauzen (director of the Center for Women’s Studies in Television and Film), only 20 percent of women worked as directors, executive producers, screenwriters, editors or photographers in the 250 most outstanding films of that year. With regard to 2017, there was a decrease of 3 percent of women directors, since their participation went from 11 to 8 percent in 2018.
To pay tribute to women’s power in cinema, Indiewire selected five fundamental feminist films that pay tribute to strong women who had to face great challenges in life.
Black is Blue (2014, dir. Cheryl Dunye)
Black is Blue is a short film that tells the story of Black, a trans-African American man who works as a security guard inside an apartment complex in Oakland, California. On the night of a “stallion party”, Black is forced to face his past prior to his transition, fighting to make his exterior match his interior.
Nitrate Kisses (1992, dir. Barbara Hammer)
A documentary structured around four lesbian couples making love, from one partner at a time; older women talking about what it was in the thirties, forties and fifties; A look at the hidden eroticism of films, the representation of homosexuals under the Third Reich, and the work of the Lesbian Herstory Archives of New York.
L’opéra-mouffe (1958, dir. Agnès Varda)
It is a 16-minute short film that shows the vision of a pregnant woman in the Parisian district of La Mouffe.
Rosemary’s Street (2013, dir. Constanza Mirré)
This short film looks at a community in its daily life, on the streets and inside the stores of Los Sures, New York. This routine environment is the setting for Rosemary’s 16th birthday party, an unrepeatable event for a girl. This contemplative short film combines common rituals with an unique event in life, which reflects the passage of time in a very united Dominican community. Through extreme approaches, the camera plays the role of a kind of observer from the inside, and sometimes from the outside, to a densely populated area.
Rocks in My Pockets (2014, dir. Signe Baumane)
The film is based on real events involving five women from Signe Baumane’s family, including herself, and her battles against depression and suicide. It raises questions about how far the family genetics determines what we are and if it is possible to “cheat” the DNA itself.