The documentary, Women Make Film, an immense and unprecedented exploration of the work of female filmmakers throughout cinema history, will be released by Cohen Media Group on digital platforms and Blu-ray on May 5, 2020.
Critic and filmmaker Mark Cousins told the history of world cinema in his acclaimed The Story of Film: An Odyssey, and now he applies his unparalleled knowledge and enthusiasm for movies to Women Make Film. This equally epic exploration of the work of female filmmakers offers an essential and celebratory revisionist history of cinema told through the lenses of some of the world’s greatest directors.
Researched, shot and edited by Cousins (The Eyes of Orson Welles, A Story of Children and Film), Women Make Film features some 700 clips from 183 filmmakers both well-known and overlooked or forgotten – from Agnès Varda (France) to Maren Ade (Germany), Ava DuVernay (U.S.), Gilda de Abreu (Brazil) and Binka Zhelyazkova (Bulgaria) – illuminating the scope and impact of women’s contributions to the art form.
Subtitled A New Road Movie Through Cinema and structured as a road trip with plenty of space for twists and turns, this 14-hour journey is brought to life by narrators like Jane Fonda, Debra Winger, Adjoa Andoh, Thandie Newton and Tilda Swinton, who unpack topics including memorable opening sequences, approaches to framing, filming sex, and how to portray love and death onscreen. Arriving at a pivotal moment of recognition and reckoning for women in the industry, Women Make Film is both urgently of its time and a valuable resource to be treasured into the future.