Tell Me: Women Filmmakers, Women’s Stories

In 1979, poet Adrienne Rich observed that “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.” Curated by guest programmer Nellie Killian, Tell Me celebrates female filmmakers who took the simple, radical step of allowing women space and time to talk about their lives. Made in a range of idioms encompassing cinema verité, essay film, and 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…

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  • Growing Up Female
  • Janie's Janie
  • Joyce at 34
  • Betty Tells Her Story
  • It Happens to Us
  • Yudie
  • Chris and Bernie
  • Inside Women Inside
  • Guerillere Talks
  • Soft Fiction
  • Tell Me
  • I Am Wanda
  • Land Makar
  • Clotheslines
  • Suzanne, Suzanne
  • Audience
  • The Ties That Bind
  • The Salt Mines
  • Privilege
  • The Transformation
  • Conversations with Intellectuals About Selena
  • Mimi
  • No Home Movie
  • Shakedown