An Alternate Feminist Cinema

For a decolonial, anticapitalist, emancipated-from-heteronormativity transfeminist future.
This is a list capped at 100 films threading a counter history to cinema. This is not a "ra-ra girl power" collection, or even a list of women's influences on a cinematic canon, but a collection of cinema that is unique in its willingness to show and to radicalize the female experience. Early films on here that may be less overt in their feminist messaging are included either because they show women's place in revolutionary causes, are a first to depict an experience, or have been key in the discussion surrounding this alternate text.
All films are briefly annotated explaining why they're here. Discussion is welcome, but please understand that this is made…

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  • The Consequences of Feminism
  • Madame's Cravings
  • Shoes
  • The Smiling Madame Beudet
  • Mädchen in Uniform
  • Working Girls
  • Witch's Cradle
  • Outrage
  • The Eternal Breasts
  • Diary of a Pregnant Woman
  • Meat Joy
  • Being Women
  • Bad Girls Go to Hell
  • Daisies
  • Blow Up My Town
  • The Girls
  • I Am Somebody
  • I Don't Know
  • Wanda
  • Growing Up Female
  • Janie's Janie
  • Joyce at 34
  • Sambizanga
  • Betty Tells Her Story
  • The Other Side of the Underneath
  • Solidarity
  • Dyketactics
  • The Hour of Liberation Has Arrived
  • Je, tu, il, elle
  • Semiotics of the Kitchen
  • Always Love Your Man
  • The Kitchen
  • Chris and Bernie
  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles
  • Scum Manifesto
  • Eva's Man
  • Not a Pretty Picture
  • Riddles of the Sphinx
  • One Way or Another
  • Hidden Memories
  • Union Maids
  • Invisible Adversaries
  • One Sings, the Other Doesn't
  • Baxter, Vera Baxter
  • Madame X: An Absolute Ruler
  • Guerillere Talks
  • Inside Women Inside
  • Your Children Come Back to You
  • A Scream from Silence
  • Soft Fiction
  • Simone Barbes or Virtue
  • Daughter Rite
  • Audience
  • Be Pretty and Shut Up!
  • Marianne and Juliane
  • Suzanne, Suzanne
  • Illusions
  • A Man, When He Is a Man
  • Clotheslines
  • A Question of Silence
  • Losing Ground
  • The Gold Diggers
  • Sheer Madness
  • Variety
  • Born in Flames
  • NavelFable
  • Topos
  • Measures of Distance
  • Dreaming Rivers
  • Virgin Machine
  • A Preponderance of Evidence
  • Surname Viet Given Name Nam
  • The Juniper Tree
  • Song of the Exile
  • I, the Worst of All
  • Privilege
  • The Salt Mines
  • Strangers in Good Company
  • The Body Beautiful
  • The Amazonian Angel
  • Lesbian Avengers Eat Fire Too
  • I Was a Teenage Serial Killer
  • The Transformation
  • The Portrait of a Lady
  • MURDER and murder
  • Compensation
  • Baise-moi
  • The Day I Became a Woman
  • Frontiers of Dreams and Fears
  • Women Without Men
  • Apparition
  • Wadjda
  • Have You Ever Killed a Bear? Or Becoming Jamila
  • Mustang
  • Venus
  • Speak Up
  • A Trans with a Movie Camera
  • The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire
  • The Giverny Document (Single Channel)