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Celebrating Women in Global Cinema

In 2019 we will host a year-long programme of films and special events highlighting and celebrating women in film from across the world.

From specially curated retrospectives, seasons and special events, to takeovers of annual favourites such as Not Just Bollywood, this branded series of screenings and events will explore and challenge the place and space of female filmmakers from a variety of cultural, social and political perspectives.

“We look forward to celebrating what women from across the world have achieved in film to date, whilst empowering the female creatives of the future so that female voices in our industry become louder in the years to come.” Rachel Hayward, HOME’s Film Programme Manager and co-curator of Celebrating Women in Global Cinema.

Here’s a taste of what you can look forward to this year:

  • Retrospectives of work from ground-breaking female directors including; Margarethe von Trotta, one of the leading lights of the New German Cinema of the 1970s and 1980s; Hong Kong pioneer Angie Chen; Euzhan Palcy, the first black woman to direct a Hollywood studio picture; controversial Italian director Lina Wertmüller, the first woman to be nominated for the Best Director Oscar; and Mira Nair, one of India’s most critically acclaimed filmmakers.
  • Talks and events celebrating inspirational women in Hollywood, including Ida Lupino who worked on more than 130 films and TV programmes, as an actor, producer, writer and director; and Barbra Streisand, a major industry figure and undoubtedly one of the biggest cross-media stars of the 1960s and 1970s.
  • Some of our most popular annual events will be celebrating women in 2019 including Pride and Sexuality Summer School.
  • Women, Organise! a season of films that focuses on women’s activism and trades unions.
  • Girls On Film podcast come to HOME for a live event of the all-female review show presented by film journalist Anna Smith, featuring live debates, interviews and film reviews.
  • Eight-week evening courses on Women in Science Fiction and Women in Film Comedy.

We have many more features to be announced over the coming year, but for now keep an eye out for the Celebrating Women in Global Cinema badge in our programme and join in the celebration and conversation online with #WomenAtHOME. 

This programme is co-curated by Rachel Hayward, HOME’s Film Programme Manager and Andy Willis, Senior Visiting Curator: Film and Professor of Film Studies, School of Arts and Media at University of Salford.