Tell Me: Women Filmmakers, Women's Stories

February 2 to February 15

“One of the most powerful social and political catalysts of the past decade has been the speaking of women with other women, the telling of our secrets, the comparing of wounds and sharing of words… In order to change what is, we need to give speech to what has been, to imagine together what might be.”
– Adrienne Rich, Motherhood: The Contemporary Emergency and the Quantum Leap (1979)

“Tell Me” celebrates female filmmakers who took the simple, radical step of allowing women space and time to talk about their lives. Working in idioms from cinema verite to essay film to agitprop, the assembled films all share a startling intimacy between camera and subject. Whether through the bonds of shared experience, or merely genuine interest, these portraits capture women talking about trauma and sexual identity; summoning new language to describe the long simmering injustices and frustrations we still face today; making jokes; admitting insecurities; and organizing for the future.

Guest Programmed by Nellie Killian

Special thanks to Elena Rossi-Snook, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, New Day Films, Women Make Movies, The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Institut français, Academy Film Archive and Third World Newsreel, Celebrating 50 Years of Progressive Media.

Previously Screened