“Women are heroes“, by JR (2010).
Women Are Heroes is a project with many images and little words. JR’s intention is to highlight the dignity of women who occupy crucial roles in societies, and find themselves victims of wartime, street crime, sexual assault, and religious and political extremism. This project takes place in Africa, Brazil, India and Cambodia.
“She’s beautiful when she’s angry“, by Mary Dore (2014).
Resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971.
“Pray the Devil Back to Hell”, by Gini Reticker (2008).
A story of sacrifice, unity and transcendence, Pray the Devil Back to Hell honors the strength and perseverance of the women of Liberia. It showcases how a group of women rise up to peace to Liberia and help bring to power the country’s first female head of state.
“The Punk Singer”, by Sini Anderson (2013).
A look at the life of activist, musician, and cultural icon Kathleen Hanna, who formed the punk band Bikini Kill and pioneered the “riot grrrl” movement of the 1990s.
“Girlhood”, by Céline Sciamma (2014).
Fed up with her abusive family situation, lack of school prospects, and the “boys’ law” in the neighborhood, Marieme starts a new life after meeting a group of three free-spirited girls. She changes her name, her style, drops out of school and starts stealing to be accepted into the gang. When her home situation becomes unbearable, Marieme seeks solace in an older man who promises her money and protection.
Realising this sort of lifestyle will never result in the freedom and independence she truly desires, she finally decides to take matters into her own hands.
“<strong>Oppressed Majority”</strong>, by Eleonore Pourriat (2010).
The gender role reversal video purports to target sexism and homophobia. But its essence is class bigotry, racism and misogyny.
Sexism and homophobia in modern culture is like a “black tide”, according to Eléonore Pourriat, the director of the short film Majorité Opprimée. The 10-minute video explores life as it might be for men if gender roles were reversed.
<strong>”Persepolis”</strong>, by Marjane Satrapi (2008)
French-Iranian animated biographical film based on Marjane Satrapi’s autobiographical graphic novel of the same name. The story follows a young girl as she comes of age against the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution. The title is a reference to the historic city of Persepolis.
“The Land of No Men: Inside Kenya’s Women-Only Village”, by Broadly
Where the foothills of Mount Kenya merge into the desert, the people of Samburu have maintained a strict patriarchy for over 500 years in northern Kenya. That is, until 25 years ago, when Rebecca Lolosoli founded Umoja village as a safe haven for the region’s women. Umoja, which means “unity” in Swahili, is quite literally a no man’s land, and the matriarchal refuge is now home to the Samburu women who no longer want to suffer abuses, like genital mutilation and forced marriages, at the hands of men.
Throughout the years, it has also empowered other women in the districts surrounding Samburu to start their own men-excluding villages. Broadly visited Umoja and the villages it inspired to meet with the women who were fed up with living in a violent patriarchy.