BAM FILM SERIES: One Way or Another: Black Women’s Cinema, 1970-1991

BAMcinématek in Brooklyn, NY is running the film series in honor of Black History Month and runs from February 3rd-23rd. It features acclaimed and award-winning films by Black women film directors. 

"One Way or Another: Black Women's Cinema, 1970-1991" assembles dozens of titles, of varying lengths, genres, and countries of origin, spotlighting two decades' worth of provocative, profound, personal, and political moviemaking..." - Melissa Anderson, The Village Voice

"...The result is an exhilarating tapestry of voices, some speaking in consort, some resisting consensus. That also describes much of the work in "One Way or Another," which despite its framing feels unbound. There's so much to discover..." - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

Part of BAMcinématek from Feb 3—Feb 23, 2017

On the occasion of the recent restoration and re-release of Julie Dash’s 1991 masterpiece Daughters of the Dust, BAMcinématek celebrates the black women directors who blazed the trail for that landmark film. The filmmakers represented in this series all worked far outside the mainstream, often with limited resources, overcoming a historically hostile system in order to tell their stories on screen. Taken together, their work represents a rich history of long-undervalued independent filmmaking.

“One Way or Another” is co-programmed by BAMcinématek’s Nellie Killian and Michelle Materre; founder, host-producer, Creatively Speaking Film Series; Associate Professor of Media Studies and Film at The New School.

Weekly Update from Women and Hollywood: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

I recently met the lovely Melissa Silverstein. at the Columbia University Film for The Swedish Model for Gender Equity in Film - A Conversation with Anna Serner and Melissa Silverstein. She is one powerful and amazing woman - writer, speaker and consultant. And she is the founder of the amazing and so important Women and Hollywood site, which educates, advocates, and agitates for gender parity across the entertainment industry. For their blog they partnered with Indiewire:

It is an amazing resource and platform for female filmmakers to be feature on and find out about each other, and the men out there to get smart about what we ladies are up to! So follow them on Indiewire, both you ladies and gents alike! 

They also have a podcast, which you can find on iTunes or Soundcloud:

Below is their weekly newsletter, which aggregates all the films created and/or about women in theaters, releasing on VOD, etc! How brilliant and smart is that!

Our Brand is Crisis

Our Brand is Crisis

Weekly Update for October 30: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

By Laura Berger | Women and Hollywood October 30, 2015 at 4:00PM

Films About Women Opening This Week

Our Brand is Crisis

After her Oscar-nominated performance in "Gravity," Sandra Bullock returns to comedy in "Our Brand is Crisis," in which she plays a political strategist working for the wrong guy in a Bolivian presidential election. In my review for Crave, I wrote that the film,"about the maneuvering of a Bolivian presidential election toward the one-percenters’ candidate, [is a] boisterous but hollow election drama offer[ing] an ultra-cynical take on political campaigns as a series of mass manipulations. 'If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal,' declares [Bullock's] Jane." (Inkoo Kang)

The Wonders/Le Meraviglie - Written and Directed by Alice Rohrwacher

“The Wonders” centers on a family of beekeepers living in stark isolation in central Italy. The dynamic of their overcrowded household is disrupted by the simultaneous arrival of a silently troubled teenaged boy taken in as a farmhand and a production crew recruiting local farmers to participate in a cheesy televised celebration of ancient Etruscan culture, presented by the mysterious Milly Catena (Monica Bellucci). Both intrusions are of particular interest to the eldest daughter, Gelsomina (Maria Alexandra Lungu), who is struggling to find her footing in the world. (Press materials)

CodeGirl (Documentary) - Directed by Lesley Chilcott (Opens November 1)

Join high school-aged girls from around the world as they try to better their community through technology and collaboration in this thrilling, heartfelt documentary.By 2017, the app market will be valued at $77 Billion. Over 80% of these developers are male. The Technovation Challenge aims to change that by empowering girls worldwide to develop apps for an international competition. From rural Moldova to urban Brazil to suburban Massachusetts, "CodeGirl" follows teams who dream of holding their own in the world’s fastest-growing industry. The winning team gets $10K to complete and release their app, but every girl discovers something valuable along the way. (Press materials)

Bare - Written and Directed by Natalia Leite

A young girl (Dianna Agron) in Nevada becomes romantically involved with a female drifter (Paz de la Huerta), who introduces her to a life of stripping, drugs and metaphysical experiences that teach her what happens when real life catches up with dark fantasy. (Press materials)

Read Women and Hollywood's interview with Natalia Leite.

Hard Labor/Trabalhar Cansa - Co-Written and Co-Directed by Juliana Rojas

Young housewife Helena (Helena Albergaria) is on the verge of fulfilling a dream as she prepares to open her own business: a neighborhood grocery store. She hires a maid, Paula (Naloana Lima), to take care of her house and daughter. But when her husband Otavio (Marat Descartes) is suddenly fired from his job as an insurance executive, Helena is left to support the family alone. (Press materials)

Flowers/Loreak (Opens in New York)

Ane (Nagore Aranburu) lives a quiet unfulfilled life, trapped in a seemingly loveless marriage, until she suddenly starts to receive bouquets of flowers anonymously, once a week.  Meanwhile, Tere (Itziar Aizpuru) wants nothing more than a grandchild, but her only son Beñat (Josean Bengoetxea) and his wife Lourdes (Itziar Ituño) have other plans.  A sudden, tragic event jolts all of their lives into a new reality, and flowers start to appear anonymously once again, but this time, instead of passion, they represent an emotional memory. (Press materials)

Films About Women Currently Playing

Suffragette - Directed by Sarah Gavron; Written by Abi Morgan
I Smile Back - Written by Amy Koppelman and Paige Dylan
India's Daughter (Documentary) - Directed by Leslee Udwin
Jem and the Holograms
Crimson Peak
The Assassin
A Ballerina's Tale (Documentary)
The Scarapist - Co-Directed and Written by Jeanne Marie Spicuzza
Big Stone Gap - Written and Directed by Adriana Trigiani
He Named Me Malala (Documentary)
Shout Gladi Gladi (Documentary)
The Keeping Room - Written by Julia Hart
Breathe - Written and Directed by Mélanie Laurent
The Second Mother - Written and Directed by Anna Muylaert
Learning to Drive - Directed by Isabel Coixet; Written by Sarah Kernochan
The Diary of a Teenage Girl - Written and Directed by Marielle Heller 
Trainwreck - Written by Amy Schumer
Inside Out

Films Directed by Women Opening This Week

The Armor of Light (Documentary) - Directed by Abigail Disney

Documentarian Abigail Disney journeys to the belly of conservative America to try and understand how you can be pro-life and pro-gun. She tracks Reverend Rob Schenck, a far-right anti-abortion leader and evangelical minister, as he struggles to spread a message of gun control in a constituency that doesn't want to hear it. The conversations that he starts are timely -- and will hopefully spark more discussions to break through this crazy, ideological logjam that our country is stuck in. (Melissa Silverstein)

Listen to Women and Hollywood's podcast with Abigail Disney.

Making Rounds (Documentary) - Directed by Muffie Meyer

Life and death in a cardiac-critical-care unit. We follow two amazing doctors for a month as they make their rounds. Their approach to treating patients shows a path toward solving the healthcare crisis in the U.S. (Press materials)

The Royal Road (Documentary) - Written and Directed by Jenni Olson

A cinematic essay in defense of remembering, “The Royal Road” offers up a primer on the Spanish colonization of California and the Mexican American War alongside intimate reflections on nostalgia, butch identity, the pursuit of unavailable women and Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo -- all against a contemplative backdrop of 16mm urban California landscapes, and featuring a voiceover cameo by Tony Kushner. (Press materials)

Read Women and Hollywood's interview with Jenni Olson.

Films Directed by Women Currently Playing

Heart of a Dog (Documentary) - Written and Directed by Laurie Anderson
The Intern - Written and Directed by Nancy Meyers
Mississippi Grind - Co-Directed and Co-Written by Anna Boden
Sleeping With Other People - Written and Directed by Leslye Headland
Meet the Patels (Documentary) - Co-Directed by Geeta Patel
Goodnight Mommy - Co-Directed and Co-Written by Veronika Franz
Meru (Documentary) - Co-Directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelvi
Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet - Co-Directed by Joan C. Gratz and Nina Paley
Prophet's Prey (Documentary) - Written and Directed by Amy J. Berg
Rosenwald (Documentary) - Directed by Aviva Kempner

Film Written by Women Opening This Week


Films Written by Women Currently Playing

Room - Written by Emma Donoghue
Labyrinth of Lies/Im Labyrinth des Schweigens - Co-Written by Elisabeth Bartel
Straight Outta Compton - Co-Written by Andrea Berloff 

VOD/DVD Releasing This Week

Liz in September (VOD and DVD) - Written and Directed by Fina Torres
Inside Out (DVD)
She’s Funny That Way (DVD)
The Final Girls (DVD)
Bleeding Heart (VOD) - Written and Directed by Diane Bell