Gallery | To mark International Women’s Day, we celebrate women in film from around the world in March every year. Here are 11 women to honour and admire in 2017.
by Georgia Korossi
Radical simply means grasping things at the root.
– Angela Davies
Award-winning documentary filmmaker and cinematographer Kirsten Johnson behind the camera. Her brilliant film Cameraperson (2016) exposes her experiences filming through a memoir made up of decades of footage shot all over the world.
Naomie Harris on location for academy award winning film Moonlight (2016) with director Barry Jenkins. Moonlight chronicles the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young black man growing up in a rough neighbourhood of Miami and it is the first LGBT film in history to win Best Picture at the Oscars.
Director-screenwriter Kelly Reichardt working within American indie cinema. Her credits include Old Joy, Wendy and Lucy, Meek’s Cutoff, Night Moves and this year’s release, Certain Women.
Pam Grier’s Sheba in William Girdler’s blaxploitation film ‘Sheba, Baby’ (1975).
Rooney Mara photographed by Merrick Morton as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011).
Greek stage and screen actor Elli Lambeti (1926-1983) who is also featured on one of the covers of Chris Marker’s “Petite Planète” guides, each dedicated to a different country, which he initiated and directed from 1954-58 while working at the Paris-based publisher Éditions du Seuil.
Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o as Harriet, left, with newcomer Madina Nalwanga as Phiona in Disney’s Queen of Katwe (2016).
Legendary African-American activist, academic scholar, and author Angela Davies. She emerged as a prominent counterculture activist and radical in the 1960s for her work to combat all forms of oppression in the USA and beyond. The film The Black Power Mixtape 1967–1975 (2011) prominently features Davis in a number of rarely seen Swedish interviews. On Saturday 11 March she will talk to London Southbank Centre’s Artistic Director Jude Kelly CBE about women, race and class in the post-Trump era.
Director Sofia Exarchou whose debut Park (2016) is a raw snapshot of Athenian youth against the background of austerity-ravaged Greece.
Taraneh Alidoosti’s Rana in Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman (2016).
Sandra Hüller’s Ines in Maren Ade’s much loved film Toni Erdmann (2016). Here Hüller sings Whitney Houston’s Greatest Love of All to a Romanian family gathered together to celebrate Easter.
Chris Marker’s “Petite Planète” guides, each dedicated to a different country, which he initiated and directed from 1954-58 while working at the Paris-based publisher Éditions du Seuil.
Not a guidebook, not a history book, not a propaganda brochure, not a traveller’s impressions, but instead equivalent to the conversation we would like to have with someone intelligent and well versed in the country that interests us.
– Chris Marker
View our galleries from the previous years:
11 international women in film
25 international women in film
Book a ticket for Angela Davies in Conversation at Southbank Centre as part of WOW – Women of the World on 11 March 2017.