This Week In Women: Female-Directed Movies At The Tribeca Film Festival
The Tribeca Film Festival wraps up this weekend, meaning it’s your last chance to catch some of the most influential flicks of the year—before they move on to other theaters and fests, anyway. Last year, Tribeca made history by having 33% of its feature films directed by women, meaning that we’re slowly bridging the gender gap in the behind-the-scenes facet of the industry. In her Tribeca Talk from earlier this week, film juggernaut Jodie Foster said she was “sick of” talking about the issue. Not because she doesn’t think it should be discussed, but because it shouldn’t even be an issue anymore.
“People still see… women as a risk, and I’m not sure why,” said Foster. We’re not sure why, either. Before the festival ends, check out these five women-directed films. If you can cop a ticket, that is.
Children of the Mountain by Priscilla Anay
Children of the Mountain is the fourth film from Ghanaian-American director Priscilla Anay, and her first feature. Set in Ghana, Children is the story of Essuman, a Ghanaian woman who is abandoned by her lover and community after giving birth to a disabled child. Children of the Mountain is a poignant look at womanhood through the lens of motherhood—if your identity as a woman is defined by your ability to procreate, what does it mean to have this identity challenged by reasons beyond your control?
Its final screening is Friday, 4/22 at 4:00 pm at Bow Tie Cinemas in Chelsea—but you have to rush tickets if you want to see it.
Califórnia by Marina Person
Brazilian actress/director/television host Marina Person‘s debut feature, Califórnia, is on its surface a coming-of-age tale. Estela, a high school student in Brazil, is preparing for a trip to California to visit her uncle—until the trip is cut short when her uncle is forced to return to Brazil due to illness. The film is set in 1984—the year before Brazil returned to democracy after a decades-long military dictatorship—in the midst of the global AIDS epidemic.
Califórnia’s final screening will be at the Battery Park Regal Cinemas on Friday, 4/22 at 7:15 pm. You can’t buy tickets, but you can rush.
Women Who Kill by Ingrid Jungermann
Ingrid Jungermann starred in and directed her feature debut, the story of Morgan (Jungermann) and Jean (Ann Carr) two Park Slope women who co-host a true-crime podcast, even after their relationship falls apart. Part-thriller, part-comedy, Women Who Kill tackles a whole host of issues ranging from murder, to stressful professional situations, to the shitty feelings that come with the end of a relationship. The kicker? Morgan’s new girlfriend might be a serial killer.
Its final screening will be at 8:30 pm on Friday, 4/22 at the Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-4. Rush tickets are available.
Bad Rap by Salima Koroma
Bad Rap, multimedia journalist Salima Koroma’s directorial debut, is a documentary that follows the lives and careers of four Asian-American rappers, including the NYC-based female rapper Awkafina (of the badass viral track “NYC Bitche$”). It’s a different sort of rap documentary, one in which genders and ethnicities of the participants mark them as hip-hop outsiders. The festival described Bad Rap as a look at artists “trying to break into a world that often treats them with disdain or indifference.” The film looks a close look at how Asian Americans are portrayed in media, and it’s quite revelatory.
You can catch Bad Rap on Saturday, 4/23 at 2:45 pm at Bow Tie Cinemas. Act fast, because a limited amount of tickets are left.
Abortion: Stories Women Tell by Tracy Droz Tragos
Award-winning filmmaker Tracy Droz Tragos’ latest release explores the realities of abortion in a way that, surprisingly, our society doesn’t often think of it: as the personal experience of a woman. The documentary focuses on three distinct groups: pregnant women struggling to decide if they want to abort, providers who give medical care to patients despite threats on their lives, and pro-life activists who try to convince these women to keep the babies. Tragos is a skilled filmmaker, to say the least–previous credits include Rich Hill, a devastating documentary about a poverty-stricken American town, and Be Good, Smile Pretty, a doc about a daughter’s journey to learn about her father’s death in the Vietnam War–so we expect this one to be good.
You have two chances to see Abortion before the Tribeca ends: Friday 4/22 at 6:45 pm at Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea, and Saturday 4/23 at 7:30 pm at Regal Cinemas Battery Park. Rush tickets are available for both screenings. If you don’t have the chance to see it in theaters, the film will air on HBO later this year.
Images via Variety and Tribeca.
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