16 More Documentaries Featuring Remarkable Women

    We’re back with a continuation of last week’s list, featuring 16 more docs highlighting important and remarkable women. We hope you enjoy these awesome films!

    Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405 (Director: Frank Stiefel) – 2017 Audience Award Short, 2017 Jury Award for Best Short
    Animated drawings and extraordinary shots of Mindy Alper’s sculptures create a lovely portrait of the artist as she unabashedly examines her experiences with a mental disorder (that prevented her from speaking) while discussing art, love, and life. Amazon Prime, Google Play, Youtube, iTunes

    116 Cameras (Director: Davina Pardo) – 2017 alum
    Surrounded by a twinkling constellation of cameras, Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss records her stories for an interactive hologram project, preserving her experience for future generations. The New York Times

    Mommy’s Land (Director: Garret Atlakson) – 2017 alum 
    As the Cambodian government demolishes homes, and arrest counts and brutal police violence increase, elder resident “Mommy” and other neighborhood women prove to be peaceful, and vivacious, resisters. Amazon Prime

    STEP (Director: Amanda Lipitz) – 2017 Closing Night Film
    This uplifting film follows members of a step-dance team at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women as they pursue their dreams of attending college. Amazon Prime, Vudu, Youtube, Google Play

    Still Tomorrow (Director: Jian Fan) – 2017 alum
    In rural China, a determined, a courageous woman balances her fame as an eloquent and frank poet with societal expectations around disability, independence, and family obligation. Amazon Prime, Youtube, Google Play, iTunes

    Tribal Justice (Director: Anne Makepeace) – 2017 alum
    Two dynamic Native American women—chief judges for the state’s largest tribes—draw on tradition and village wisdom to help defendants rebuild their lives, encouraging healing over jail time and punishment. VHX

    BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez (Directors: Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater, Sabrina Schmidt Gordon) – 2015 alum
    Rich with spoken word performances and readings by young black artists, this film honors the life and legacy of poet, activist, and teacher Sonia Sanchez. Vimeo On Demand, Kanopy

    Althea (Director: Rex L. Miller) – 2015 alum
    The story of Althea Gibson, the unlikely “Jackie Robinson of tennis,” a tough, competitive athlete who blazed trails and crossed color lines. Vimeo On Demand, Youtube, iTunes

    What Happened, Miss Simone? (Director: Liz Garbus) – 2015 alum
    The brilliance and darkness of legendary pianist, singer, and civil rights activist Nina Simone is explored in this sensitive portrait of a singular artist. Netflix

    Iris (Director: Albert Maysles) – 2015 alum
    The late, legendary Albert Maysles documents 93-year-old fashion icon Iris Apfel in this charming celebration of style, wit, and individuality. Hulu, Amazon Prime

    Mavis! (Director: Jessica Edwards) – 2015 alum
    Her family group, the Staple Singers, inspired millions and helped propel the civil rights movement with their music. This vibrant film highlights Mavis Staples’ enduring legacy and message of love and equality. Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO, iTunes

    Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq (Director: Nancy Buirski) – 2014 alum
    In 1956, at the height of her fame, ballerina Tanaquil le Clercq was stricken with polio. A mesmerizing film of love, loss, and surprising grace. Amazon Prime, Youtube, Google Play, iTunes

    Ana Ana (Directors: Corinne van Egeraat, Petr Lom) – 2014 alum
    Four young women in Egypt tell their stories in an unforgettable cinematic collaboration that merges the personal and the political. Vimeo On Demand

    The Arbor (Director: Clio Barnard) – 2014 alum
    This unconventional portrait of the late British playwright Andrea Dunbar features actors lip-synching audio interviews with her family, friends, and neighbors. Amazon Prime

    Butterfly Girl (Director: Cary Bell) – 2014 alum
    An unsentimental, deeply moving portrait of a young woman trying to live a “normal life” despite having a rare, often fatal, skin disease. Amazon Prime, Vudu, iTunes

    Good Ol’ Freda (Director: Ryan White) – 2014 alum
    Liverpudian teenager Freda Kelly was the Beatles secretary and tells “one of the last true stories of the Beatles you’ll ever hear.” Tubi, Youtube, Google Play, Vudu, iTunes