STREAMING: #DirectedbyWomen2018 43,200 minutes of Film Viewing Possibilities

September is #WomanDirectorAwarenessMonth. All month long we celebrate women directors and their work during the #DirectedbyWomen Worldwide Film Viewing Party. Over the next few weeks I'll be adding films by women directors to this list. My aim is to include 43,200 minutes worth of film viewing possibilities. That's one minute for every minute during the month of September. I'll aim to include films that are available to stream somewhere in the world—perhaps not where you are but somewhere. (I'll share links where I can in the notes). I hope it inspires you to explore films you've not yet seen by filmmakers whose work may be new to you. Please invite friends to join the fun. directedbywomen.com/

  • Naturally Native

    Naturally Native

    "...Beautiful and intelligent siblings, Valerie Red-Horse, Irene Bedard and Kimberly Norris Guerrero deliver such strong, committed portrayals that the sisters and the issues they confront become very real. Stirring... heartfelt and illuminating film." Kevin Thomas, LOS ANGELES TIMES

    Directed by Jennifer Wynne Farmer and Valerie Red-Horse Mohl. (120 min) Full feature streaming free on Valerie Red-Horse Mohl's Vimeo channel: vimeo.com/225933690

  • Thursday Till Sunday

    Thursday Till Sunday

    ★★★★★

    "It all begins on a Thursday when two children go on a holiday trip with their parents to the north of Chile. It all ends on a Sunday." Directed by Dominga Sotomayor. Streaming on Fandor: www.fandor.com/films/de_jueves_a_domingo

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  • Against the Grain

    Against the Grain

    "Josh is wonderful. The cinematography is gorgeous. It's an exciting new direction for Pakistani cinema" Mohsin Hamid, author "The Reluctant fundamentalist", "Moth Smoke", "How to get filthy rich in rising Asia"

    Directed by Iram Parveen Bilal. Streaming on Seed&Spark: www.seedandspark.com/watch/josh-against-the-grain

  • Sami Blood

    Sami Blood

    "An eloquent coming-of-age drama set in 1930s Sweden that revolves around a spellbinding performance by young Lene Cecilia Sparrok." Sheri Linden, LA Times. Directed by Amanda Kernell. Streaming on Sundance Now: www.sundancenow.com/sami-blood/documentary/4048502. Also Amazon Prime.

  • Lane 1974

    Lane 1974

    " I first wanted to tell the hidden story of so many counter culture kids. But I was so gratified at SXSW when four 16-year-old girls approached me days after they had seen the film and gushed about how much they loved it. Girls don’t get to see very many genuine stories told about themselves. I’m so grateful that people of all ages have connected to the story, and I think there are so many reasons for that. The most surprising demographic deeply moved by the film is men – specifically fathers of tween-age girls. It really gives me hope for the upcoming generation of girls that so many people are able to connect with Lane." Read director SJ Chiro's complete #DirectedbyWomen Conversation here: directedbywomen.com/sj-chiro-accessing-memory-to-reveal-a-hidden-story/

    Lane 1974 is streaming on Hoopla: www.hoopladigital.com/title/12012887 (Ask your library if they offer Hoopla to their patrons)

  • The Owl Who Married a Goose: An Eskimo Legend

    The Owl Who Married a Goose: An Eskimo Legend

    "In this short animation based on an Inuit legend, a goose captures the fancy of an owl, a weakness for which he will pay dearly. The sound effects and voices are Inuktitut, but the animation leaves no doubt as to the unfolding action. A story with the wry humor characteristic of many Inuit tales." Directed by Caroline Leaf. Streaming on NFB of Canada: www.nfb.ca/film/owl_who_married_goose/

  • Denis

    Denis

    "After being diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) at the age of 43 and rendered paralyzed and unable to speak, a Civil Technician is left by his family to the sole care of his wife to fight the aggressive, debilitating and degenerative disease for the remainder of the five years he has left to live." Directed by Gabrielle Blackwood. Streaming on Studio Anansi TV: studioanansi.tv/denis-3/

  • 12th & Delaware

    12th & Delaware

    "12th & Delaware takes place over one year on a single street corner in coastal Florida. On one side of the street stands an abortion clinic. On the other a pro-life operation whose single objective is to persuade women who are considering abortion to continue with the pregnancy." Directed by Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady. Streaming on Culture Unplugged: www.cultureunplugged.com/documentary/watch-online/play/10774/12th---Delaware

  • Searching for Ester

    Searching for Ester

    "It is a unique event in any cinema whenever two brilliant female artists work together." Stanislava Přádná Kino Kultura.

    Directed by Věra Chytilová. Streaming (for a limited time) on Doc Alliance: dafilms.com/film/10146-looking-for-ester

    There are 11 more of her films on Doc Alliance right now. And of course if you've yet to see her brilliant 1966 Czech New Wave film Daisies, I urge you to track it down.

  • Salt of This Sea

    Salt of This Sea

    "Follows the passionate journey of a Palestinian American determined to return to her obliterated ancestral roots." Prairie Miller, News Blaze.
    Directed by Annemarie Jacir. Streaming on trigon-film: www.trigon-film.org/en/vod/collection/Salt_of_this_Sea

  • Lover's Game

    Lover's Game

    "The rules are always changing when you love two different people."

    Directed by Danielle Earle. Streaming on Section II: sectionii.com/watch/lovers-game-2/

  • Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story

    Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story

    "A team of conservationists embark on a daring mission across Thailand to rescue a 70-year old captive and blind Asian elephant and bring her to freedom."

    Directed by Ashley Bell. Streaming on Starz: www.starz.com/movies/38832

  • The Ascent

    The Ascent

    "Set during World War II’s darkest days, THE ASCENT follows the path of two peasant soldiers, cut off from their troop, who trudge through the snowy backwoods of Belarus seeking refuge among villagers. Their harrowing trek leads them on a journey of betrayal, heroism, and ultimate transcendence."

    "...hailed around the world as the finest Soviet film of its decade"

    Directed by Larisa Shepitko. Streaming on FilmStruck: www.filmstruck.com/us/watch/detail/1300002954

  • Italian for Beginners

    Italian for Beginners

    "The result is that rarest of things -- a heartwarming love story that bears not a trace of cheap feeling or false emotion." Ann Hornaday, Washington Post. Directed by Lone Scherfig. Streaming on TubiTV: tubitv.com/movies/358328/italian_for_beginners

  • Ekaj

    Ekaj

    "It presents a world that is rarely seen onscreen like this, recognisable to those who have lived in it. It tells a story that is cruel and urgent, passionate and real." Jennie Lermode, Eye for Film

    Directed by Cati Gonzalez. Streaming on Film Doo: www.filmdoo.com/films/ekaj/

  • La Flor Settlers

    La Flor Settlers

    "La Flor Settlers is a pictorial and human documentary about the feeling of belonging and the struggle for the land."

    Directed by Florencia Bohtlingk. Streaming on Women's Voices Now: www.womensvoicesnow.org/films/la-flor-settlers/

  • Say Grace Before Drowning

    Say Grace Before Drowning

    "After meeting her African Refugee mother for the first time in six years, 8 year old Hawa is forced to coexist with a woman teetering on the brink of insanity."

    Directed by Nikyatu Jusu. Streaming on Vimeo: vimeo.com/channels/directedbywomen/14624401

  • Little Miss Eyeflap

    Little Miss Eyeflap

    "A liveaction shortfilm in a painted world"

    Directed by Iram Haq. Streaming on Vimeo: vimeo.com/channels/directedbywomen/59147477

  • Woman Walks Ahead

    Woman Walks Ahead

    "Jessica Chastain and Michael Greyeyes bring smarts and chemistry..." Tomris Laffly, Time Out

    Directed by Susanna White. Streaming on Amazon Prime.

  • I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors

    I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors

    "Using the healing power of humour, the film probes the taboos around a very particular second-hand trauma, leading us to a more universal understanding of human experience. The film sensitively explores identity and loss through the audacious proposition that the Holocaust is addictive and defining."

    Directed by Ann Marie Fleming. Streaming on NFB of Canada: www.nfb.ca/film/i_was_a_child_of_holocaust_survivors/

  • The Other Side of Carnival

    The Other Side of Carnival

    "... exploring Carnival’s social and economic impact on Trinidad & Tobago. With more than 60 interviews from professors, medical staff, police officers, government officials, students, tourists, every day locals and more, the film is able to highlight Carnival is an exciting occasion."

    Directed by Charysse Tia Harper. Streaming on Studio Anansi TV: studioanansi.tv/side-carnival-2/

  • Tokyo Idols

    Tokyo Idols

    "This eye-opening documentary looks at the idol industry - with its seemingly endless supply of squeaky, cutesy, Manga-styled schoolgirl pop stars - and its principle consumers, predominantly adult males." Wendy Ide, Screen International

    Directed by Kyoko Miyake. Streaming on Kanopy: www.kanopy.com/product/tokyo-idols

  • The Levelling

    The Levelling

    "The flat, flooded plains of Somerset provide fertile soil for writer/director Hope Dickson Leach in this remarkably powerful tale of blighted farms and fractured families." Mark Kermode, The Guardian

    Directed by Hope Dickson Leach. Streaming on Hoopla: www.hoopladigital.com/title/11850524

  • Songs My Brothers Taught Me

    Songs My Brothers Taught Me

    "Chloé Zhao's directorial debut Songs My Brothers Taught Me is a quiet, sensitive indigenous coming-of-age story set as high school graduation nears on the Pine Ridge Reserve." Alex Heeney, Seventh Row.

    Streaming on Sundance Now: www.sundancenow.com/songs-my-brothers-taught-me/documentary/2550925

  • January Hymn

    January Hymn

    "My own experience of grief—and that’s what informs a lot of my work, and my approach to representation—has never been convenient or neat and I haven’t really experienced much catharsis, especially not from the film. So it was important for me to craft the film into an acknowledgment of my experience rather than presenting a tidy conclusion. I’m also very aware that this is only my experience of grief, and I’m very wary of talking about anyone else’s. This informs my decisions as a filmmaker, and is something of a preoccupation for me."

    Read filmmaker Katherine Canty's complete Evolving a Patient Filmmaking Practice #DirectedbyWomen Conversation here: directedbywomen.com/katherine-canty-evolving-a-patient-filmmaking-practice/

    Streaming on Seed&Spark: www.seedandspark.com/watch/january-hymn

  • Phantom Love

    Phantom Love

    "Outstanding black and white cinematography, compelling narrative structure and extraordinary use of sounds creates a surreal atmosphere offering access to deeper levels of reality.” — Jury Statement – Best Artistic Achievement Award, Bangkok World Film Festival

    Directed by Nina Menkes. Streaming on Fandor: www.fandor.com/films/phantom_love

  • Trans-Cutucú

    Trans-Cutucú

    "The mountain massif of Cutucú in the south of the Amazon region in Ecuador was a kind of defense against the environmental destruction for the native population but in the same time an obstacle. The people had no access to the modern world outside. The road through the Cutucú now allows mobility in order to exploit the fossil resurces but it grants the natives a way to reach the so called civilized world."

    Directed by Lisa Faessler. (92 min) Streaming on trigon-film: www.trigon-film.org/en/vod/collection/Trans-Cutucu%2C_back_in_the_rainforest

  • The Monastery: Mr. Vig and the Nun

    The Monastery: Mr. Vig and the Nun

    "Mr. Vig has serious doubts: should he leave his castle to the Russian church by will and carry out his dream of a monastery? Or should he keep his castle to himself and continue his lonely life as a bachelor? Mr. Vig, who has never known love, is having a lot of conflicts with the apparently difficult Sister Amvrosija, but she does strangely enough not want to leave him and his castle, even if she will be the last and only nun left."

    Directed by Pernille Rose Grønkjær. (84 min) Streaming on Doc Alliance: dafilms.com/film/7471-the-monastery-mr-vig-and-the-nun

  • Dukhtar

    Dukhtar

    "Dukhtar grabs you from the outset and never lets go." Katie Walsh, LA Times.

    Directed by Afia Nathaniel. (93 min) Streaming on Netflix: www.netflix.com/title/80114155

  • Love and Anarchy

    Love and Anarchy

    "Wertmuller’s skill in creating the extraordinary in the ordinary results in flesh and blood characters whose credibility is never subverted by heavy handed political messages or special effects." Patricia Erens, Jump Cut

    Directed by Lina Wertmüller. (126 min) Streaming on Film Struck: www.filmstruck.com/us/watch/detail/1300013715

  • Pui Chan: Kung Fu Pioneer

    Pui Chan: Kung Fu Pioneer

    "Follow the journey of a Chinese immigrant who learns the value of hard work and perseverance through kung fu training, and achieves the American dream. Pui Chan is a pioneer responsible for bringing traditional kung fu to America from China."

    Directed by Mimi Chan (85 min) Streaming on Culture Unplugged: www.cultureunplugged.com/documentary/watch-online/play/51772/Pui-Chan--Kung-Fu-Pioneer

  • Seventh Grade

    Seventh Grade

    "Everyone is growing up except Patrice. But when a raunchy rumor threatens her best friend's reputation, she's forced to join the party and embrace adolescence."

    Directed by Stefani Saintonge. (11 min) Streaming on Vimeo: vimeo.com/131421041

  • The Burning Times

    The Burning Times

    "This documentary takes an in-depth look at the witch hunts that swept Europe just a few hundred years ago. False accusations and trials led to massive torture and burnings at the stake and ultimately to the destruction of an organic way of life. The film questions whether the widespread violence against women and the neglect of our environment today can be traced back to those times."

    Directed by Donna Read. (56 min) Streaming on NFB of Canada: www.nfb.ca/playlists/films-influential-women/playback/#8

  • Monsoon Wedding

    Monsoon Wedding

    "An optimistic and luscious film." Emma Cochrane, Empire

    Directed by Mira Nair. (114 min) Streaming on Hoopla: www.hoopladigital.com/title/11031707

  • The Love Witch

    The Love Witch

    "Elaine speaks of love magic and seduction, and Biller's film has the same enchanting effect on the audience." Abbey Bender, Brooklyn Magazine

    Directed by Anna Biller. (120 min) Streaming on Kanopy: www.kanopy.com/product/love-witch

  • The Off Hours

    The Off Hours

    "...a melancholy tone poem to the small industrial towns of the Northwest." Ronnie Schieb, Variety

    Directed by Megan Griffiths. (95 min) Streaming on Sundance Now: www.sundancenow.com/the-off-hours/documentary/3197456

  • Palm Trees Down 3rd St.

    Palm Trees Down 3rd St.

    "While searching for her father, Nikki meets her half-sister Winter for the first time on the streets of San Francisco. The girls join up continuing the search through the city's underbelly. The journey is abandoned only after finding a friendship in each other."

    Directed by Maria Judice. (19 min) Streaming on Kweli TV: www.kweli.tv/programs/palm-trees-down-3rd-st

  • I Am John Wayne

    I Am John Wayne

    “Another standout was Christina Choe’s I AM JOHN WAYNE, a sensitively directed yet emotionally cool neo-realist tale about a grieving teen — a young black cowboy — and his horse ride through Coney Island.” – Scott Macaulay, Filmmaker Magazine

    Directed by Christina Choe. (18 min) Streaming on Vimeo: vimeo.com/channels/directedbywomen/26734344

  • Advantageous

    Advantageous

    "In a near-future city where soaring opulence overshadows economic hardship, Gwen and her daughter Jules do all they can to hold on to their joy together, despite the instability surfacing in their world."

    Directed by Jennifer Phang. (90 min) Streaming on Netflix: www.netflix.com/title/80038420

  • Maison du bonheur

    Maison du bonheur

    "Closing out our showcase of the New Canadian Cinema is this loving documentary portrait of an astrologer living in Paris’ Montmartre neighborhood. Shaped in a welcoming, loose vignette structure, Maison du Bonheur is a film of rare warmth and wisdom on the vast subjects of happiness and womanhood."

    Directed by Sofia Bohdanowicz. (63 min) Streaming on MUBI for 30 days starting August 30, 2018: mubi.com/showing/maison-du-bonheur

  • Knock Down Ginger

    Knock Down Ginger

    "Set in the late 1990s. After a prank goes wrong on the estate tensions run high. Sarah-Lee learns that it's not always fun and games when it comes to growing up."

    Directed by Cleo Samoles-Little. (10 min) Streaming on Vimeo (Staff Pick): vimeo.com/285336421

  • 42 Seconds Of Happiness

    42 Seconds Of Happiness

    The sales agents and festival programmers who attended... talked about the unusual combination of a European sensibility with an American intensity, and compared it to films like The Hunt. Some called it a shock to the system, and completely riveting." Christina KallasRead her complete Pushing the Cinematic Language and Narrative #DirectedbyWomen Conversation: directedbywomen.com/christina-kallas-pushing-the-cinematic-language-and-narrative/

    Directed by Christina Kallas. (95 min) Streaming on Amazon Prime.

  • Cameraperson

    Cameraperson

    "Cameraperson is composed of unused footage from those films and others, stitched together based not on chronology or topic, but on more elusive connections personal to Johnson.

    That’s why calling the film a documentary isn’t quite sufficient. It’s a document, for sure, but it’s also a journey — not just a record of what Johnson sees with her eyes, but also a visual exploration of how she infuses those images with meaning." Alissa Wilkinson, Vox

    Directed by Kirsten Johnson. (102 min) Streaming on Kanopy: www.kanopy.com/product/cameraperson

  • Across the Universe

    Across the Universe

    "Across the Universe isn't beholden to any stage incarnation. It owes its vision to the vibrant imagination of its director, who created a musical that reminds us how cultural-political events can change our tune." Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post

    Directed by Julie Taymor. (133 min) Now streaming on Fandor: www.fandor.com/films/across_the_universe

  • Meditation Park

    Meditation Park

    "A tender, achingly tangible story about a woman's latent self-discovery, Meditation Park is a gem propelled by Cheng Pei Pei whose wildly expressive face fires emotion straight to the heart." Kim Hughes, Original Cin

    Directed by Mina Shum. (94 min) Streaming on Netflix: www.netflix.com/title/80209796

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  • Aquel cuyo rostro no irradie luz

    Aquel cuyo rostro no irradie luz

    "During a film shoot in a shabby bar in Mexico under-occupied old extras wait around and confide in each other between shots."

    Directed by Andrea Bussmann. (40 min) Streaming on Culture Unplugged: www.cultureunplugged.com/documentary/watch-online/play/52400/He-whose-face-gives-no-light

  • She Lights Up Well

    She Lights Up Well

    "An actress down on her luck moves in with her parents, and winds up attempting to save the local theater by directing its production of "The Mikado" by Gilbert and Sullivan."

    Directed by Joyce Wu. (77 min) Streaming on Seed&Spark: www.seedandspark.com/watch/she-lights-well

  • Daisies

    Daisies

    "DAISIES is an aesthetically and politically adventurous film that’s widely considered one of the great works of feminist cinema."

    Directed by Věra Chytilová. (74 min) Streaming on FilmStruck: www.filmstruck.com/us/watch/detail/1300012741

  • Chutney Popcorn

    Chutney Popcorn

    "A funny, observant, and smart look at how differences in values can take place within one family." Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat

    Directed by Nisha Ganatra. (93 min) Streaming on VUDU: www.vudu.com/content/movies/#!content/22440/Chutney-Popcorn

  • Men Of The Cloth

    Men Of The Cloth

    "Filmed over the course of 11 years, MEN OF THE CLOTH unravels the mystery of their artistry and reveals how their passionate devotion to their Old World craft is akin to a religion."

    Directed by Vicki Vasilopoulos‎. (96 min) Streaming on Vimeo on Demand (with bonus features): vimeo.com/ondemand/menofthecloth

  • Breaking Night

    Breaking Night

    "It started with the song. I wanted to tell a story within the time frame of the song "Blinded By The Light". So, I started with the images that would come to me whenever I listened to it, The kids leaving school, It taking place in the 70's and the Disco couple, which are the only characters that come from the lyrics of the song. From there, the story took shape and developed itself." Read what filmmaker Yolonda Ross has to share about her film in this We Are Moving Stories interview: www.wearemovingstories.com/we-are-moving-stories-videos/2016/5/11/breaking-night

    (10 min) Streaming on Vimeo: vimeo.com/64079651

  • Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance

    Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance

    "Director Alanis Obomsawin endured 78 nerve-wracking days and nights filming the armed stand-off between the Mohawks, the Québec police and the Canadian army. A powerful feature-documentary emerges that takes you right into the action of an age-old aboriginal struggle. The result is a portrait of the people behind the barricades, providing insight into the Mohawks' unyelding determination to protect their land."

    (119 min) Streaming on NFB of Canada: www.nfb.ca/film/kanehsatake_270_years_of_resistance/

  • Rebel

    Rebel

    "A film about a woman, a myth, and the politics of national memory."

    Directed by María Agui Carter. (53 min) Streaming on iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/movie/rebel-loreta-velazquez-secret/id916087082

  • Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

    Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

    "First-time director Alison Klayman gains unprecedented access to Ai while working as a journalist in China. Her detailed portrait provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures."

    Directed by Alison Klayman. (92 min) Streaming on Sundance Now: www.sundancenow.com/ai-weiwei-never-sorry/documentary/2346356

  • Whale Rider

    Whale Rider

    "The rhythms of Whale Rider are hypnotic as the ebb tide, haunting as the song of the humpback sea mammal, bracing as the ocean spray." Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Enquirer

    Directed by Niki Caro. (101 min) Streaming on Hoopla: www.hoopladigital.com/title/11929509

  • Investigation of a Flame

    Investigation of a Flame

    "Filmmaker Lynne Sachs has combined long unseen archival footage with a series of informal interviews of Daniel Berrigan, Philip Berrigan, Howard Zinn, John Hogan, Tom Lewis, and Marjorie and Tom Melville to encourage viewers to ponder the relevance of such events today."

    Directed by Lynne Sachs. (45 min) Streaming on Vimeo: vimeo.com/channels/directedbywomen/163557767

  • Snake Feed

    Snake Feed

    Snake Feed is a glimpse into the lives of Irene and Rick, two people struggling with life-long addiction and marginal employment. The film won best short at Sundance in 1998. Later developed into Granik's first feature film Down to the Bone.

    Directed by Debra Granik (23 min) Streaming on Vimeo: vimeo.com/channels/directedbywomen/14448023

  • Stay the Same

    Stay the Same

    "Stay the Same is a meditation on time, mortality and the desire to document."

    Directed by Sam Firth. (14 min) Streaming on Vimeo: vimeo.com/channels/directedbywomen/104910997

  • Pumzi

    Pumzi

    "A sci-fi film about Africa in the future, 35 years after World War III, the water war."

    Directed by Wanuri Kahiu. (22 min) Streaming on Vimeo: vimeo.com/channels/directedbywomen/46891859

  • August Rush

    August Rush

    "August's journey is good for the soul, the rapturous beauty of it all so all-encompassing just thinking about it again can't help but fill me with unabashed joy." Sara Michelle Fetters, moviefreak.com

    Directed by Kirsten Sheridan. (114 min) Streaming on Netflix: www.netflix.com/title/70077533

  • Bad Hair

    Bad Hair

    "Populated with totally naturalistic performances, and a stunningly observed relationship between mother and son (their scenes together are phenomenal), "Bad Hair" works by keeping its focus on the small details of everyday life and its rhythms." Sheila O'Malley, RogerEbert.com

    Directed by Mariana Rondón. (94 min) Streaming on Kanopy: www.kanopy.com/product/bad-hair

  • Love & Basketball

    Love & Basketball

    "... it's as smart, funny, and beautifully shot as I remembered it from my early adolescence." Lindsay Pugh, Woman in Revolt

    Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood. (124 min) Streaming on Amazon Video: www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0010T833Q

  • Ken Bugul - Personne n'en veut

    Ken Bugul - Personne n'en veut

    "Ken Bugul is a Senegalese writer who lives in Africa, where her soul is anchored. She has had an exceptional life. Silvia Voser’s film shows her as an iconic figure of the female condition and of relationships between Africa and the West. Ken Bugul is considered one of the most brilliant writers in Senegalese and French of these past decades."

    Directed by Silvia Voser. (62 min) Streaming on trigon-film: www.trigon-film.org/en/vod/collection/Ken_Bugul

  • Burning Bush

    Burning Bush

    "Don't be daunted by its length -- this historically rooted poetical thriller based on the events of the Prague Spring has a rare intelligence and drive that make the hours fairly fly by." David Noh, Film Journal Internationl

    Directed by Agnieszka Holland. (246 min) Streaming on Hoopla: www.hoopladigital.com/title/11208347

  • Pop Aye

    Pop Aye

    "This bucolic escape from big-city life is anchored by a solid script filled with characters who, despite reaching the end of the road, find ways to make peace with the world." Maggie Lee, Variety

    Directed by Kirsten Tan. (104 min) Streaming on Amazon Prime: www.amazon.com/dp/B074TT2ZX4

  • How Much Further

    How Much Further

    "Esperanza and Tristeza both have to get to Cuenca. However, by an unlucky turn of events, the bus they are on gets delayed due to a workers’ strike. Taking their journey into their own hands, they decide to hitchhike..."

    Directed by Tania Hermida. (91 min) Streaming on trigon-film: www.trigon-film.org/en/vod/collection/Que_tan_lejos

  • Intermittent Delight

    Intermittent Delight

    "Intermittent Delight juxtaposes close-ups of batik textiles, fashion and design from the 1950s and 1960s, images of men weaving and women sewing in Ghana, and fragments of a Westinghouse 1960s commercial— aimed to instruct women on the how-to of refrigerator decoration. Constructed from a combination of 1960s Afrobeat, traditional Asante Adwa music, and field recordings of West African men and women producing cloths and garments, the soundtrack pulls the piece together and imbues it with a jolty and festive tone. The work touches upon the idea of feminism’s uneven geographical and historical development, and the nuances of labor conditions women face depending on where they live." - New Langton Arts

    Directed by Akosua Adoma Owusu. (5 min) Streaming on Vimeo: vimeo.com/18611914

  • Sun Don't Shine

    Sun Don't Shine

    "Seimetz is from Florida; she filmed in and near her home town of St. Petersburg; and “Sun Don’t Shine” is a first-person film, not in its action but, rather, in its moods and tones—a self-refraction in hallucinatory visions." Richard Brody, The New Yorker

    Directed by Amy Seimetz. (90 min) Streaming on Fandor: www.fandor.com/films/sun_dont_shine

  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

    Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

    "We watch, for three hours and twenty-one minutes, as Jeanne cooks, takes a bath, has dinner with her adolescent son, shops for groceries, and looks for a missing button. Each gesture and sound becomes imprinted in our mind, and as we are lulled by familiar rhythms and expected behavior, we become complicit with Jeanne’s desire for order." Ivone Margulies, Criterion

    Directed by Chantal Akerman. (201 min) Streaming on FilmStruck: www.filmstruck.com/us/watch/detail/1300001284

  • Butter on the Latch

    Butter on the Latch

    "The film's world is beautiful and scary, but also as intimate as a childhood sleepover." Jenni Miller, AV Club

    Directed by Josephine Decker. (72 min) Streaming on Amazon Video: www.amazon.com/dp/B00R75JZSO

  • Sombras de azul

    Sombras de azul

    "In the wake of her brother's suicide, a young Mexican woman travels to Cuba in search of answers."

    Directed by Kelly Daniela Norris. (95 min) Streaming on Seed&Spark: www.seedandspark.com/watch/sombras-de-azul-shades-blue

  • Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow

    Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow

    ★★★★★

    "The camera movements are graceful, almost ethereal, yet the objects themselves - with their impastos of organic and inorganic materials, their metaphoric resonances, historical allusions and intimations of war - feel unmistakably weighty." Manohla Dargis, NY Times

    Directed by Sophie Fiennes. (105 min) Streaming on Sundance Now: www.sundancenow.com/over-your-cities-grass-will-grow/documentary/2327105

  • Auntie

    Auntie

    "The short film focuses on a middle-aged seamstress just known as Auntie and Kera her niece at the dreaded moment when being separated will soon be a reality. Kera is a barrel child and her time has come to go and be with her mother."

    Directed by Lisa Harewood. (15 min) Streaming on Studio Anansi: studioanansi.tv/auntie-2-2/

  • Devi: Goddess

    Devi: Goddess

    "When Tara and her household maid are caught together at a dinner party, Tara must suddenly redefine who she really is according to society. This film, which stars Priyanka Bose from the Oscar Nominated film Lion, explores the realities of being a closeted lesbian in contemporary India."

    Karishma Dube (14 min) Streaming on Seed&Spark: www.seedandspark.com/watch/devi-goddess

  • This Home Is Not Empty

    This Home Is Not Empty

    "A personal film questioning the ‘lies you tell yourself’ through a metaphorical lens."

    Directed by Carol Nguyen. (3 min) Streaming on Vimeo: vimeo.com/124078383

  • Mystery of the Secret Room

    Mystery of the Secret Room

    Directed by Wanda Nolan. (5 min) Streaming on NFB of Canada: www.nfb.ca/film/mystery_of_the_secret_room/

  • Meek's Cutoff

    Meek's Cutoff

    "A mesmerizing cinematic journey that is often as arduous and spare as the lives of its hard-bitten protagonists." Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

    Directed by Kelly Reichardt. (104 min) Streaming on Fandor: www.fandor.com/films/meeks_cutoff

  • Gabi

    Gabi

    "Unattached, beautiful, 'of a certain age.' Everyone has an opinion about how Gabi should be living her life when she returns home for a visit. Sound familiar?"

    Directed by Zoe Salicrup-Junco. (21 min) Streaming on Seed&Spark: www.seedandspark.com/watch/gabi

  • Frozen River

    Frozen River

    "Original, sad, suspenseful and involving: the kind of work that helps independent American cinema retain its good name." Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine

    Directed by Courtney Hunt. (97 min) Streaming on Sundance Now: www.sundancenow.com/frozen-river/documentary/2795726

  • The Fits

    The Fits

    "The Fits is equal parts dramatic and surreal, and on a larger scale, proves that creativity in the film industry is not dead." Morgan Rojas, Cinemacy

    Directed by Anna Rose Holmer. (72 min) Streaming on Kanopy: www.kanopy.com/product/fits

  • Wild Life

    Wild Life

    "A refined Englishman has trouble adjusting to life in 1909 Alberta Province."

    Directed by Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby. (14 min) Streaming on NFB of Canada: www.nfb.ca/film/wild_life/

  • Gas Food Lodging

    Gas Food Lodging

    "Ms. Anders keeps her film expertly balanced between quiet despair and a sense of the miraculous, as manifested by the big, open skies and glorious sunrises and sunsets (with cinematography by Dean Lent) that punctuate the story."

    Directed by Allison Anders. (101 min) Streaming on Amazon Video: www.amazon.com/dp/B004GIWJOM

  • Belle

    Belle

    "This inextricable intertwining of love and justice, private and public, personal and political, is the film's great cri de coeur and its structural brilliance, as costume and courtroom drama comment on, and merge into, each other." Sophie Mayer, Sight and Sound

    Directed by Amma Asante. (100 min) Streaming on VUDU: www.vudu.com/content/movies/details/Belle/531070

  • Sink or Swim

    Sink or Swim

    "A contemporary classic and a landmark in autobiographical filmmaking, SINK OR SWIM is an unflinching account of the highly charged relationship between a daughter and her father. Through a series of twenty-six short stories, a young girl chronicles the childhood events that shaped her ideas about fatherhood, family relations, work and play. This formally complex and emotionally intense film is fraught with tension, ambivalence and love."

    Directed by Su Friedrich. (47 min) Streaming on Fandor: www.fandor.com/films/sink_or_swim

  • Farah Goes Bang

    Farah Goes Bang

    "More than just a movie about female bonding, FARAH GOES BANG is a testament to the mood swing of social change during the last decade, and a charming and witty portrait of the next generation of potential leaders the nation has to offer."

    Directed by Meera Menon. (93 min) Streaming on Seed&Spark: www.seedandspark.com/watch/farah-goes-bang

  • Kedi

    Kedi

    "Filmed at whisker-height, this charming documentary enters the daily lives of the many street cats of Istanbul." Kate Muir, Times (UK)

    Directed by Ceyda Torun. (79 min) Streaming on Kanopy: www.kanopy.com/product/kedi

  • Girlfight

    Girlfight

    "Karyn Kusama has created in Diana a strong, dynamic, complex female character the likes of which we rarely see onscreen." MaryAnn Johanson,
    Flick Filosopher

    Directed by Karyn Kusama. (111 min) Streaming on Sundance Now: www.sundancenow.com/girlfight/documentary/4223447

  • Daguerréotypes

    Daguerréotypes

    "Daguerréotypes has aged splendidly, acquiring flavors that would've been inconceivable at the time it was made." Noel Murray, AV Club

    Directed by Agnès Varda. (78 min) Streaming on Fandor: www.fandor.com/films/daguerrotypes

  • Paint It Black

    Paint It Black

    "Tamblyn has a unique perspective as a director, and we're excited to see what she creates next." Erika W. Smith, Bust Magazine

    Directed by Amber Tamblyn. (96 min) Streaming on VUDU: www.vudu.com/content/movies/details/Paint-It-Black/895621

  • Finding Dawn

    Finding Dawn

    "Acclaimed Métis filmmaker Christine Welsh brings us a compelling documentary that puts a human face on a national tragedy – the epidemic of missing or murdered Indigenous women in Canada. The film takes a journey into the heart of Indigenous women's experience, from Vancouver's skid row, down the Highway of Tears in northern BC, and on to Saskatoon, where the murders and disappearances of these women remain unsolved."

    Directed by Christine Welsh.(73 min) Streaming on NFB of Canada: www.nfb.ca/playlists/films-influential-women/playback/#7

  • The Tree

    The Tree

    ★★★★

    "A beautiful and beguiling Australian film about love, loss, mystery and the resources needed to hold together a grieving family." Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice

    Directed by Julie Bertuccelli. (101 min) Streaming on Sundance Now: www.sundancenow.com/the-tree/documentary/2546805

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  • 35 Shots of Rum

    35 Shots of Rum

    "If you enjoy discovering with images what a thousand words cannot say, don't miss this delightful work by Claire Denis." Laura Hiros, Rincón de cine

    Directed by Claire Denis. (100 min) Streaming on Fandor: www.fandor.com/films/35_shots_of_rum

  • Hannah Arendt

    Hannah Arendt

    ★★★★

    "Barbara Sukowa delivers a beautifully modulated performance, showing the rigor of Arendt's thought and convictions while revealing the contours of a passionate woman with complex relationships." Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader

    Directed by Margarethe Von Trotta. (114 min) Streaming on Sundance Now: www.sundancenow.com/hannah-arendt/documentary/2546798

  • Commercial for the Queen of Meatloaf

    Commercial for the Queen of Meatloaf

    "Marge is a bored housewife and with an inattentive husband. To spice up their relationship, she employs the Queen of Meatloaf, an ephemeral concoction that permeates the homes of consumers."

    Directed by Dina Fiasconaro. (10 min) Streaming on Seed&Spark: www.seedandspark.com/watch/commercial-for-the-queen-of-meatloaf

  • Flamenco at 5:15

    Flamenco at 5:15

    "This Oscar®-winning short film is an impressionistic record of a flamenco dance class given to senior students of the National Ballet School of Canada by two great teachers from Spain, Susana and Antonio Robledo. The film shows the beautiful young North American dancers—inspired by the flamenco rhythms and mesmerized by Susana's extraordinary energy—joyously merging with an ancient gypsy culture."

    Directed by Cynthia Scott. (29 min) Streaming on NFB of Canada: www.nfb.ca/playlists/films-influential-women/playback/#1

  • Embers

    Embers

    ★★★★★

    "After a global neurological epidemic, those who remain search for meaning and connection in a world without memory. Five interwoven stories each explore a different facet of life without memory in a future that has no past."

    Directed by Claire Carré. (85 min) Streaming on VUDU: www.vudu.com/content/movies/#!content/781950/Embers

  • The Divine Order

    The Divine Order

    "Marie Leuenberger shines as a small-time housewife who decides to get political." Stephanie Merry, Washington Post

    Directed by Petra Volpe. (97 min) Streaming on VUDU: www.vudu.com/content/movies/details/The-Divine-Order/918026

  • Sworn Virgin

    Sworn Virgin

    "In this hushed, prickling drama, Laura Bispuri creates and erases binaries with every swivel of the camera, drawing out whole stories from soft glances, silences, shadows, and the loom of the northern Albanian mountains, the hard faces of men." Diana Clarke, Village Voice

    Directed by Laura Bispuri. (84 min). Streaming on Amazon Video: www.amazon.com/dp/B01GIM29D4

  • The Night of Truth

    The Night of Truth

    ★★★★★

    Directed by Fanta Régina Nacro. (100 min) Streaming on Fandor: www.fandor.com/films/the_night_of_truth

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  • Born in Flames

    Born in Flames

    Directed by Lizzie Borden. (80 min) Streaming on Kanopy: www.kanopy.com/product/born-flames