This Week

    • Byambasuren Davaa

      Although based in Germany, Byambasuren Davaa has devoted her career to capturing the culture of her native Mongolia. Her films combine elements of documentary and narrative cinema, combining scripted stories with images of their subjects, mostly Mongolian nomads going about their daily business. Davaa began her career as a television presenter and assistant director in Mongolian television before moving to Munich to study documentary film at the University of Television …

    • Mira Nair

      Mira Nair is an Academy-Award nominated director best known for her visually dense films that pulsate with life. Her debut feature, Salaam Bombay! (1988), garnered over 25 awards, including the Caméra d’Or at Cannes. Her successes include Mississippi Masala (1991), Monsoon Wedding (2001), which won the Golden Lion, Vanity Fair (2004), The Namesake (2006), The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2013) and Queen of Katwe (2016). Nair has recently returned to her roots in theatre – a stage musical of her acclaimed film Monsoon Wedding sold-out at …

    • Julie Dash

      Born in New York in 1952, Dash earned her undergraduate degree from the Leonard Davis Center for the Performing Arts at City College of New York, later procuring an MFA from the UCLA Film School. Among her first major projects was writing and directing the short Working Models of Success (1973) for the New York Urban Coalition. She would then direct short films like Four Women (1975) and Illusions (1982) …

    • Astrid Henning-Jensen

      Astrid Henning-Jensen worked on a variety of projects during her career. Born in Copenhagen, she began her career as a stage actress until she married Danish filmmaker Bjarne Henning-Jensen in 1938. Astrid began working as his assistant before collaborating with her husband on his films. Their first co-directing and writing credit is the documentary Cykledrengene i Tørvegraven (1941), followed by their short SOS Kindtand (1943). Together with her husband, Astrid …

    • Elaine May

      A true pioneer with a sardonic wit and keen insight into the human condition, Elaine May rose to prominence as one-half of an improvisational team, alongside future director Mike Nichols, before becoming a greatly revered writer-director-actor in her own right. After working together in the Chicago improv troupe The Compass Players, Nichols and May joined forces as a comedy team, performing in nightclubs and on stage and television, before dissolving …

    • Nietzchka Keene

      One of the great lost talents in film history, Nietzchka Keene died of pancreatic cancer at 52 while still in post-production on her third feature, Barefoot in Jerusalem (2008). When the film was finally completed four years later, its tale of a woman struggling with the devil after her lover’s suicide proved to be a perfect companion piece to her acclaimed first feature, The Juniper Tree (1990). That film is …

    • Marianne Khoury

      Filmmaking came naturally to Marianne Khoury, the niece of Egypt’s most respected director, Youssef Chahine. Primarily a producer, she started out by producing Chahine’s Adieu Bonaparte (1985) and later worked in collaboration with her husband, Gabriel Khoury. With the appearance of smaller, lightweight cameras in the 1990s, she decided to try directing with the documentary short The Time of Laura and discovered she had a knack for capturing emotion on …