Documentary-femmes.by yrnej | created - 21 Sep 2016 | updated - 25 Sep 2016 | Public
While the mainstream directing world has not been particularly inclusive of women, they have made more inroads with documentary features. Which of these celebrated female documentarians has done the most compelling work?
Discuss the list here
Director | Je, tu, il, elle
Chantal Akerman was born on June 6, 1950 in Brussels, Belgium as Chantal Anne Akerman. She was a director and writer, known for Je Tu Il Elle (1974), The Meetings of Anna (1978) and A Couch in New York (1996). She was married to Sonia Wieder-Atherton. She died on October 5, 2015 in Paris, France.
No Home Movie Down There From the Other Side Sud From the East Les années 80 News from Home Hôtel Monterey
2. Amy Berg
Producer | Deliver Us from Evil
Janis: Little Girl Blue Prophet's Prey An Open Secret Every Secret Thing West of Memphis Deliver Us from Evil
Camera_department | Soldier Girls
Joan Churchill is known for her work on Soldier Girls (1981), Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003) and Lily Tomlin (1986). She is married to Alan Barker. She was previously married to Nick Broomfield.
Sarah Palin: You Betcha! Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer Juvenile Liaison 2 Lily Tomlin Soldier Girls Tattooed Tears Juvenile Liaison
Director | Ruthie and Connie: Every Room in the House
The Lost Bird Project Ruthie and Connie: Every Room in the House Suzanne Farrell: Elusive Muse Letting Go: A Hospice Journey Christo in Paris Dancing for Mr. B: Six Balanchine Ballerinas
5. Heidi Ewing
Director | The Boys of Baraka
Heidi Ewing is a director and producer known for Jesus Camp (2006), The Boys of Baraka (2005), Detropia (2012) ,12th &Delaware (2010), Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016), One of Us (2017) and Freakonomics (2010). She is currently completing her (currently untitled) first narrative ...
Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You Detropia Freakonomics 12th & Delaware Jesus Camp The Boys of Baraka
6. Connie Field
Producer | The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter
Academy Award nominated and Emmy winning director Connie Field is a pioneering social documentary filmmaker. Before getting involved in film she worked as an organizer in many social and human rights organizations where she established her commitment to progressive social change which she has ...
Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine Have You Heard From Johannesburg Salud Freedom on My Mind
Susan Froemke is a producer and director, known for Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare (2012), Soldiers of Music (1991) and America Undercover (1983).
Wagner's Dream Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare LaLee's Kin: The Legacy of Cotton Concert of Wills: Making the Getty Center Letting Go: A Hospice Journey Soldiers of Music Christo in Paris Horowitz Plays Mozart
8. Liz Garbus
Producer | The Farm: Angola, USA
Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper What Happened, Miss Simone? Love, Marilyn There's Something Wrong with Aunt Diane Bobby Fischer Against the World Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech Coma Yo soy Boricua, pa'que tu lo sepas! Girlhood The Nazi Officer's Wife The Execution of Wanda Jean The Farm: Angola, U.S.A.
9. Rachel Grady
Director | The Boys of Baraka
Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You The Education of Mohammad Hussein Detropia Freakonomics 12th & Delaware Jesus Camp The Boys of Baraka
10. Chris Hegedus
Director | Startup.com
Chris Hegedus was born in 1952 as Christine Louise Hegedus. She is a director and editor, known for Startup.com (2001), Unlocking the Cage (2016) and The War Room (1993). She has been married to D.A. Pennebaker since April 3, 1982. They have two children.
Unlocking the Cage Kings of Pastry Al Franken: God Spoke Only the Strong Survive Startup.com Down from the Mountain Moon Over Broadway The War Room Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock Branford Marsalis: The Music Tells You Depeche Mode: 101 Jimi Plays Monterey Rockaby DeLorean Town Bloody Hall
11. Rory Kennedy
Producer | American Hollow
Rory Kennedy was born on December 12, 1968 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Rory Elizabeth Katherine Kennedy. She is a producer and director, known for American Hollow (1999), Ghosts of Abu Ghraib (2007) and Last Days in Vietnam (2014). She has been married to Mark Bailey since August 2,...
Last Days in Vietnam Ethel Ghosts of Abu Ghraib A Boy's Life American Hollow
12. Barbara Kopple
Director | American Dream
Miss Sharon Jones! We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can't Afford to Miss Running from Crazy Shut Up & Sing My Generation Wild Man Blues American Dream - Oscar winner Harlan County, USA - Oscar winner
13. Kim Longinotto
Director | Sisters in Law
Dreamcatcher Love Is All: 100 Years of Love & Courtship Salma Pink Saris Rough Aunties Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go Sisters in Law The Day I Will Never Forget Runaway Gaea Girls Divorce Iranian Style Shinjuku Boys
14. Freida Lee Mock
Producer | Return with Honor
Anita G-Dog Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner Return with Honor Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision - Oscar winner
15. Jehane Noujaim
Producer | Control Room
The Square Rafea: Solar Mama Control Room Startup.com
16. Michèle Ohayon
Director | Colors Straight Up
Michele Ohayon is an award winning director, writer and producer. Born in Casablanca and raised in Israel, Michele graduated from Tel Aviv University (Film & Television), after serving in the army. Her critically acclaimed feature documentaries include: It was a Wonderful Life (1987, narrated by ...
Steal a Pencil for Me Cowboy del Amor Colors Straight Up It Was a Wonderful Life
17. Laura Poitras
Producer | Citizenfour
Risk Citizenfour - Oscar winner The Oath My Country, My Country Flag Wars
Missing Young Woman Corpus The Devil Never Sleeps Las madres de la Plaza de Mayo
19. Leni Riefenstahl
Actress | Das blaue Licht
Leni Riefenstahl's show-biz experience began with an experiment: she wanted to know what it felt like to dance on the stage. Success as a dancer gave way to film acting when she attracted the attention of film director Arnold Fanck, subsequently starring in some of his mountaineering pictures. With...
Victory of the Faith Triumph of the Will Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations Olympia Part Two: Festival of Beauty
20. Nina Rosenblum
Director | America and Lewis Hine
Daughter of Walter Rosenblum, photographer and World War II Signal Corps cameraman, and Naomi Rosenblum, photographic historian, and daughter-in-law of actress Maureen Stapleton.
Lock-Up: The Prisoners of Rikers Island Liberators: Fighting on Two Fronts in World War II Through the Wire America and Lewis Hine
21. Ondi Timoner
Director | Mapplethorpe
ONDI TIMONER has the rare distinction of winning the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival twice - for her 2004 documentary, DIG!, and her 2009 top prize-winner, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC. Other award-winning features include: THE NATURE OF THE BEAST (1994), JOIN US (2007), COOL IT (2010) and ...
Brand: A Second Coming Cool It We Live in Public Join Us Dig!
22. Agnès Varda
Director | Sans toit ni loi
Agnès Varda was born on May 30, 1928 in Brussels, Belgium as Arlette Varda. She was a director and writer, known for Vagabond (1985), Faces Places (2017) and Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962). She was married to Jacques Demy. She died on March 29, 2019 in Paris, France.
The Beaches of Agnès Cinévardaphoto The Gleaners and I: Two Years Later The Gleaners & I The World of Jacques Demy Les demoiselles ont eu 25 ans Mur murs Daguerréotypes