In Her View: Women Documentary Filmmakers

As part of Celebrating Women in Global Cinema, this season will explore women documentary filmmakers. Still overlooked in contemporary cinema, women have been making documentaries on a vast range of topics since the early days of cinema.

The history of nonfiction cinema is dominated by male names, from Robert Flaherty and Dziga Vertov through to well-known names in contemporary documentary filmmaking. Aside from a handful, the dominant narrative of documentary film rarely includes the many women working in this field. Yet there were women documentary filmmakers from the very earliest days of the form, making important films that deserve to be included in the wider history of cinema. From the silent era women have produced forward-thinking, significant work. Here, we present work by those who broke through such as Shirley Clarke to Barbara Kopple through to contemporary female directors from Mexico, India and the UK. This season will focus on such filmmakers and present their work in a new light.

Curated by Dr Kirsty Fairclough, University of Salford.



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In this season

The Swirl + Introduction

This screening of The Swirl will be preceded by a recorded introduction from director Laura Herrero Garvin.

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Previously in this season

American Dream

Kopple’s acclaimed documentary is a sobering and fascinating depiction of the social, economic and emotional ramifications of a community being torn apart.

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Waste Land

Walker’s Oscar-nominated documentary depicts the Brazilian artist and photographer Vik Muniz- an uplifting documentary highlighting the transformative power of art and the beauty of the…

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From the Sea to the Land Beyond

Penny Woolcock’s poetic meditation on Britain's unique coastline and the role it plays in our lives was made from over 100 years of archive footage.

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A Suitable Girl

Khurana and Mundhra’s film follows three young women over four years in India struggling to maintain their identities and follow their dreams amid intense pressure…

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The Swirl

Issues of feminine identity and power, memory, and the influence of family poignantly converge in director Laura Herrero Garvin’s languid and beautiful film.

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One Hour Intro: In Her View – Women Documentary Filmmakers

This introductory talk will explore the In Her View mini season and contextualise how and why the dominant narrative of documentary film rarely includes the…

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Portrait of Jason

A gay African-American hustler and aspiring cabaret performer, Jason Holliday is the sole on-screen presence in this classic piece of cinema verité.

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