DOCUMENTARY

Documentary films directed by bold female filmmakers, curated by GiF.

Somewhere in the Middle

Dir.

Louise de Nexon

Artist Ben Draghi reflects on the ways in which he achieves self-exploration.

The Berlin Strippers Collective

Dir.

Carys Huws

The Berlin Strippers Collective want a radical overhaul of the sex industry.

Andi

Dir.

Julia Kupiec

A girl comes to terms with her trauma in her new found safe space, her roller skating family.

Material Bodies

Dir.

Dorothy Allen Pickard

A look at the harmonious relationships amputees feel towards their prosthetics.

Boni & Wes - A True Love Story

Dir.

Life, love, long distance, identity and the pieces in between. This is a love letter to resilience and about people who choose each other no matter what.

Matriosca

Dir.

Paolina Stefani

A grandmother, mother and daughter have something in common: big teeth.

Voices of Pride

Dir.

Crista Garcia

Historically unheard voices and personal struggles of the LGBTQI+ community among San Francisco's Pride.

NEW PROXIMITY

Dir.

Carys Huws

How Berlin's female creatives, artists and business leaders have coped with the Covid-19 pandemic.

I didn't dare to speak

Dir.

Aileen Ye

A teenage skateboarder in Rotterdam muses on friendship and belonging.

MY MAMA, A MAN

Dir.

Helena Middleton

Director's Mum, Julie, had a list of sixty things she wanted to do before she turned 60. Top of that list: be a ‘man’ for a day…

Times Like These

Dir.

Daisy Gaston

Looking back on a year of lockdown in east London, documented in 16mm.

BAJO: The Guardians of the Reef

Dir.

Alice Colfox

A fisherman struggles to save the coral reef and preserve his community's future

After The Wave

Dir.

Hannah Engelson

With numbers of qualified care-workers dwindled, Sarah a trained dental anesthetist is assigned to fight Covid in a hospital in Bronx.

LOST CARNIVAL

Dir.

Marcella Dahl

São Paulo's community in the wake of no carnival this year.

How To Be A Roll Model

Dir.

Al Lewis

A skate film by and for girls.

THE WIN

Dir.

Erica Edwards

Six UK self-identified feminists tell us what feminism means to them.

Youth of the Rural North

Dir.

Juliet Klottrup

Premiere: Honest portraits of young farmers and nature lovers living in Cumbria and The Yorkshire Dales

The Black Pacific: An Early Seed

Dir.

Aaraf Adam

Black Unity in Afro-Nzer community.

HOMEBOUND

Dir.

Lucy Werrett

FORCED INTO A PERIOD OF REFLECTION, ANONYMOUS VOICES INTIMATELY DETAIL HOW THE UK’S FIRST LOCKDOWN CONFRONTED THEM WITH THEIR INNER DEMONS AND DESIRES

FINDING OASIS

Dir.

Chomwan Weeraworawit

Indigo dying in the communities of Isan, Northeast Thailand.

I Thank My Mother for My Hair

Dir.

Susie Peng and Anna Dobos

After growing up in foster care, a daughter forges a new relationship with her mum

TERRA INCOGNITA

Dir.

Alice Russell

Female activists fight illegal vessels devastating our oceans.

Firelei Báez: An Open Horizon

Dir.

Souki Mehdaoui

Caribbean born and raised artist Firelei Báez draws upon its rich folklore and colonial history for her new paintings.

FREEBORDER SKATE

Dir.

Jana Otte & Soujourn Wallace

PREMIERE: One woman’s mission to build a skatepark in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley for young refugees.

She Dyes Her Hair Pink

Dir.

Viv Li

As she documents a young woman dyeing her hair, a filmmaker reflects on the meaning of youth

MARKS

Dir.

Hannah Congdon

A non-binary drag king undergoes a journey to be recognised as they really are

ODE

Dir.

Naomi Waring

The importance of disco dancing in Northern Ireland's working class community.

ABI: BEING BLACK & 6TEEN

Dir.

Lainey Richardson

A young poet responds to George Floyd's murder through a Brit-centric lens.

BLUE MEDICINE

Dir.

Sorsha Caldwell & Oscar James

Why 7 Scottish women are loving surfing in freezing temperatures.

#WeAreHere

Dir.

Hussina Raja

PREMIERE: A South Asian gaze on representation, inequality and discrimination in UK film and TV set against the backdrop of the casting room.

Pointe Black

Dir.

Rebecca Murray

Marie-Astrid, a ballet dancer from Paris, narrates her life growing up as a black dancer in a white privileged art.

Voguing with Beethoven

Dir.

Emilie Norenberg

What does Beethoven have to do with Oslo's ballroom scene? This film draws parallels while celebrating uniqueness and personal freedom.

SKATEBOOBS

Dir.

Tomboy Tapes

PREMIERE: A look into the lives of Edinburgh's GIRL skate group.

Never Actually Lost

Dir.

Rowan Ings

PREMIERE: A moving look at the fading memories of an elderly woman, through the lens of her filmmaking granddaughter, as they try to preserve her thoughts forever.

The Lyrics That Took Me Home

Dir.

Jan Rufus

Three creatives redefine what it means to be a young woman of South Asian heritage in Britain.

No Crying At the Dinner Table

Dir.

Carol Nguyen

Vietnamese-Canadian filmmaker Carol interviews her family in an effort to represent and give voice to the complexity of intergenerational trauma.

A Word Away

Dir.

Mollie Moore

Cosmo and his family moved from South Sudan's civil wars to USA, after 18 years of selective mutism, his friend and poet Moon helps Cosmo find his words to express his story.

Zelffie - Nothing But Dance

Dir.

Tianyi Zhang

Music to brainwash and slogans to sell in an absurd game. Who is Zelffie?

SAOIRSE

Dir.

Marion Bergin

Dublin's working class fight gentrification with horses

Bodies Of Desire

Dir.

Varsha Panikar & Saad Nawab

Four sets of lovers in moments of passion; where only they exist, and the rest of the world becomes background noise.

How Does Black Lives Matter Resonate In Berlin?

Dir.

Olive Duran and Carys Huws hear the thoughts of Berlin's protesters.

Erna's Little Trip of Life

Dir.

Coleen Brennan

Life in a rolling home away from societal pressures.

Dive Tierra Bomba Dive

Dir.

The Right To Roam

A young woman emerges as a leader on her Colombian island, to save the reef that’s vital to its survival.

ONYEMAECHI -Who Knows Tomorrow?

Dir.

Munachiso Nzeribe

The class divide in Lagos, Nigeria, seen through a window.

MADE IN LOCKDOWN

Dir.

We have collected a few films from lockdown busy filmmakers around the world.

COCO

Dir.

Lara Verheijden

Cheating, sex, motherhood and love.

ÉCHALE SÁVILA

Dir.

Caitlin Diaz

A music video/ mini doc exploring Mexican-American identity and the inter-generational healing between mother and child.

24H AVEC ASSA TRAORÉ

Dir.

Johanna Makabi

On Friday, 29 May 2020, French legal authorities released a final report clearing the three officers involved of wrongdoing in the death of Adama Traoré's, despite a new autopsy saying he died from asphyxiation.

FAY PRESTO

Dir.

Hanna Aqvilin

The legendary Fay Presto, UK’s most in-demand close-up and cabaret magician and LGBT icon, would rather die on stage than quit performing.

SOFT EXITS

Dir.

Sweatmother

Women and non binary people voice their narratives over pastel backdrops.

HIGH PASSES

Dir.

Cosima Barzini

India's first women's ice hockey team from the Himalayans to Kuala Lumpur, we follow them as they compete for international glory.

BEFORE HE STARTS

Dir.

Xin Fang

Zhang Hongtu - an artist and an outsider. His life through Chinese Civil War, Cultural Revolution and immigration to New York.

GIRLS IN FILM PRAGUE CURATION

Dir.

Shorts selection

Films by Czech & Slovak filmmakers curated by our sister branch GiF Prague

THE MASSES

Dir.

Dorothy Allen Pickard

Three neighbours and their three religions: Islam, Christianity and Football.

LET THE BLONDE SING

Dir.

Rachel Knoll

In a remote community in Alaska we find Beverley Sue Waltz, a bartender of the only bar open all-year-round.

HARD RAIN

Dir.

Hannah Berry George

NYC Drag Queen Blackie O opens up about his own mental health and the wider drag community's.

TO BE QUEEN

Dir.

Farihah Zaman & Jeff Reichert

In Luling, the 'toughest town in Texas,' two Latina high school girls compete to be the next Watermelon Thump Queen.

OF THE SEA

Dir.

Jordyn Romero

A former refugee, Katherine Terrell now a mother, is on a mission to raise awareness of the world's plastic consumption.

WALK RUN CHA CHA

Dir.

Laura Nix

Paul and Millie Cao reunited in California after the Vietnam War. Forty years later, they are rediscovering themselves on the dance floor.

ROOTED IN THE SOIL

Dir.

Vasilisa Forbes

A female body in the natural and the man made.

PAMPAS

Dir.

Jessica Bishopp

A look back to the 1970s gardens' hiding suburbia's sexual signals.

SELHAM [THE BOXING ROBE]

Dir.

Hala Cherradi El Fadili

A Moroccan female fighter and her loving mother.

MARINA

Dir.

Kate Villevoye

A portrait of a 13yr old girl and internet sensation showing what visually impaired people are really capable of.

WAVES

Dir.

Jessie Ayles

The perspective of three young girls living in Cape Town’s notorious Lavender Hill, one of South Africa’s most violent communities.

A SONIC PULSE

Dir.

Dorothy Allen-Pickard & Antoine Marinot

Music shouldn't be defined by hearing people because it's about feeling vibrations and frequencies

CRANNOG

Dir.

Isa Rao

The woman who helps animals to die with dignity.

ALL THAT CONNECTS US

Dir.

Codi Barbini

How internet shapes young girls' lives in the outskirts of Apartadó, Colombia, a small rural village with limited power and running water.

(EXTRATERRESTRIAL) LIFE IN PINE BUSH

Dir.

Courtney Marquard

For more than a century, residents of the tiny town of Pine Bush, NY, have seen strange things in the sky. Now it's known as UFO capital of the world.

WE THE BATHERS

Dir.

Phoebe Arnstein

Fourteen people across the world reveal their unique connection to water.

ALL THAT IS SOLID MELTS INTO AIR

Dir.

Amy Dang

4 contemporary dance choreographers examining the transformations of Beirut through site-specific dance.

THE CITY WHERE WOMEN RUN THE NIGHTLIFE

Dir.

Noemi Hatala

Tbilisi, Georgia - The city where 4/5 of the biggest clubs are run by women with politically active motivations.

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF CHER

Dir.

Magdalena Woskina

Meet Cher, from Oakland, the first transgender pro skater to have her own board.

HISTORICAL GLITCH: DOING IT FOR VOGUE

Dir.

South African DJ and performance artist Queezy and their friends take their mission to improve Cape Town's acceptance of queer culture to the realms of vogue-ing.

THE BLESSINGS OF AGING

Dir.

Jenny Schweitzer

Residents of a retirement community tell us about the many upsides of getting older.

A Dream Of Myanmar

Dir.

Marta Trela

Capturing Myanmar before it changes irreversibly.

THE BREADMAKER

Dir.

Susy Peña

An observational film into the lives of Venezuelans trying to save a local bakery in the midst of the country's economical crisis.

DEAN GOES SURFING

Dir.

Caitlyn Greene

Meet Dean, a teenage boy who loves breakfast, Rihanna, and finding freedom in waves.

NO MORE KNIVES

Dir.

Carly Randall & Will Cottam

A symbolic look into London's knife crime epidemic set against poetry by Maya Sourie

SILICON TAILS

Dir.

Persia Beheshti

Mermaids in their mermaid parade.

ME IN THE MIRROR

Dir.

Lorena Alvarado

An open conversation about sexuality, body image, and self-esteem.

SURF GIRLS JAMAICA

Dir.

The Right To Roam

An inspiring surfer uses her sport to transform the lives of many Jamaican woman

GENDER & IDENTITY | HOUSE OF MAMIS EP. 5

Dir.

Jude & Calsada

A six-episode docu-series following a group of queer, Mexico City artists, voguers and their chosen family.

KIDS ON GENDER

Dir.

Jas Pitt

A group of children take on the slippery concept of gender.

SUMOS

Dir.

Catherine Hyland

The Nomadic Roots of Mongolian Sumo Success

WARGAMES

Dir.

Jessica Bishopp

Obsession, camaraderie and a Wargames Society that asks: what does it take to go into battle?

ATITA VERGHESE – START YOUR IMPOSSIBLE

Dir.

Adi Halfin

India's first pro female skateboarder teaches young girls that they "need to understand that you can be strong, get on the skateboard, and be feminine all at the same time."

THE SHAMPOO SUMMIT

Dir.

Iris Zaki

In Fifi's - an Arab owned salon in Haifa - a basin becomes the talking space for Arab and Jewish women on the politics and life in Israel.

NIRVANA

Dir.

Jess Kohl

Finding family and empowerement at Asia's largest trans festival

SOUNDS OF TEHRAN

Dir.

Fiore & Bilic

A short experimental music documentary and sonic voyage.

LITTLE PYONGYANG

Dir.

Roxy Rezvany

One North Korean's struggle to leave behind the homeland

LET'S TALK ABOUT TITS

Dir.

Somos We Are

How can we free the nipple if only certain breasts are celebrated?

COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS

Dir.

Margot Bowman

A sharp look at the microaggressions women experience on a typical Saturday night out

THE MESS

Dir.

Dorothy Allen Pickard

A multifaceted take on one woman's experiences of bipolar

INCLUDE ME

Dir.

Ali Kurr

A conversation between five models about diversity in the fashion industry

BIRTH CONTROL YOUR OWN ADVENTURE

Dir.

Sindha Agha

An epic saga chronicling the inadequacies of the reproductive healthcare system

ANARCHY IN THE PHILIPPINES

Dir.

Jess Kohl

Documentary about young Philippino punks living under the war on drugs regime

SHE IS REVOLUTIONARY

Dir.

Brittany 'B. Monét' Fennel

#MeToo movement founder Tarana Burke through the eyes of her daughter

SHE GATHERS NO MOSS

Dir.

Ellen Pearson

An eccentric soul recounts her life as free-living, free-loving socialite

HOLD ME CLOSER TINY DANCER

Dir.

Alice & Emily Stein

A romantic and playful portrait of two beautiful young dancers.

HOTEL 22

Dir.

Elizabeth Lo

A Sillicon Valley night bus becomes a makeshift shelter for the homeless.