Championing Female Filmmakers

On International Women’s Day, we hightlight female documentary filmmakers’ work. Let’s honor women’s achievements and resilience worldwide by highlighting transformative films made by and about women. Join us in sharing narratives that inspire change and empowerment.

In a world facing crises, gender equality is crucial to progress. Upholding women’s rights is essential for prosperous economies, justice and a sustainable planet. As we mark International Women’s Day on 8 March, being celebrated under the theme ‘Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress’, we are calling for global support for female documentary film-makers, acknowledging the ongoing challenge of underfunding that they face. In a world facing crises, gender equality is crucial to progress. In a world facing crises, gender equality is crucial to progress.

Never forget that it only takes one political, economic or religious crisis for women’s rights to be put in jeopardy. Those rights are never to be taken for granted; you must remain vigilant throughout your life.

Simone de Beauvoir

Today, on International Women’s Day, we at The Good Media Network are honoured to be spotlighting the transformative power of documentaries crafted by and about women. The following five films have not only shed light on pressing issues but are still prompting important conversations and inspiring viewers to take action.

Writing with Fire is an Oscar-nominated documentary that follows the journey of Khabar Lahariya, an independent news organisation led by Dalit women in India that challenges the status quo with impactful journalism. Directed by Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh, this film showcases the resilience and determination of these women, who inspire change and break stereotypes. Since its premiere at Sundance 2021, the documentary has garnered widespread acclaim, serving as a beacon of hope and empowerment. The journalists featured in the film have gathered such recognition that they are now sought-after speakers at international conferences.

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Pray the Devil Back to Hell is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit in conflict situations, highlighting Leymah Gbowee’s courageous leadership during Liberia’s civil war. This documentary has inspired countless individuals worldwide and earned acclaim for its portrayal of grassroots movements advocating for peace. Recognised for its profound impact, it played a pivotal role in Leymah Gbowee winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011. Today, it continues to serve as an advocacy tool, sparking vital conversations and fostering positive change across the globe. 

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#387 serves as a catalyst for change, spotlighting the tragic sinking of an unnamed boat off the coast of Libya, where 800 migrants lost their lives. Director Madeleine Leroyer dedication has brought attention to this injustice, prompting important discussions and collective action. By amplifying the voices of survivors and their families, the film calls for accountability and solidarity. Through collaboration and advocacy, it seeks to rewrite the narrative and ensure that every individual impacted by this tragedy is seen and heard.

Stream the film now on ARTE

Ava DuVernay's 13th is more than just a documentary – it’s a powerful call to action against racial injustice. By dissecting the Thirteenth Amendment and tracing its devastating consequences, which have led to America’s crisis of mass incarceration, this film has sparked profound debates and acted as a catalyst for change. With its account of the systemic oppression endured by African Americans, 13th challenges viewers to confront their own complicity and join the fight for a more equitable future. Its impact has extended far beyond the screen, igniting outrage and driving progress towards justice.

Stream the film now on Netflix