This Week

    • Ida Lupino

      Widely considered a pioneering female director, as well as a guiding hand in the gestation of American independent cinema, Lupino began her career as an actress in 1931 before branching off into producing and directing. Lupino crafted a string of mostly independent dramas with an emphasis on social issues, among them the unwed mother melodrama Not Wanted (1949) and Outrage (1950), which concerned the aftermath of a brutal rape. Though …

    • Ann Hui

      Ann Hui On-wah has the distinguished honor of being one of the most critically acclaimed Hong Kong filmmakers and one of the most decorated directors of her generation. Born in Anshan, Liaoning province, Manchuria, in 1947, she later moved to Hong Kong, where she received her master’s in English and comparative literature from the University of Hong Kong. She then studied at the London Film School in 1972 before returning …

    • Lizzie Borden

      Lizzie Borden was born in Detroit, Michigan. After receiving a BFA in art history at Wellesley College, she moved to New York, where she wrote for Artforum magazine and enlisted art-world friends such as Kathryn Bigelow, Eric Bogosian and Adele Bertei to appear in her film, Born in Flames, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and won the Special Jury Award. Born in Flames was restored by the Anthology Film …

    • Margarethe von Trotta

      Perhaps the best-known female director to emerge from the New German Cinema, Von Trotta began her career as a stage actress and appeared in films by Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Volker Schlondorff (she married the latter in 1971). She then co-scripted (and narrated) Schlondorff’s The Sudden Wealth of the Poor People of Kombach (1971) and co-directed The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (1975) with her husband. Von Trotta made an …

    • Lois Weber

      Lois Weber is a name that should be remembered by film scholars as one of the most successful female directors and screenwriters in Hollywood’s early days. Weber and her husband, Phillips Smalley, left the theater for motion pictures around 1907. Soon the couple had a stock company of actors, turning out dozens of one and two-reel films in which they also appeared. Known for their tasteful, intelligent work, The Merchant …

    • Shaohong Li

      One of the few female directors of China’s Fifth Generation movement of filmmakers, Shaohong Li started out making realistic tales of rural life similar to her colleagues, like Yimou Zhang and Kaige Chen, before moving to magical realism in the 2000s. Her work showcases a humanistic approach while also mirroring her personal conflicts between career and family life. She was among the first class admitted to the Beijing Film Academy …

    • Yamina Bachir

      Yamina Bachir’s debut film, Rachida (2002), was the culmination of five years of work. It deals with political unrest in Algeria, as experienced by a dedicated teacher confronted by former students who have turned to terrorism. The picture was the first 35mm feature directed by an Algerian woman to achieve a wide release in that country and screen as part of the Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard series. Rachida …

    • Nan Triveni Achnas

      As part of a new generation of filmmakers revitalizing Indonesian cinema, producer-director-writer Nan Triveni Achnas pioneered in developing new funding sources and mentoring new talent while developing her own distinctly feminist voice. She was born in Singapore in 1963 but raised in Malaysia, where her father encouraged her independence. After making her mark with the documentary short The Little Gayo Singer (1995), she joined other young filmmakers to create I-Sinema, …