15 Movies for Cinema Fanatic: A Year with Women

8. Caramel

Lebanese actress, writer and director Nadie Labaki pulls a Woody Allen for her feature-length debut sitting in the director’s chair, making it look effortless~ especially when creating a beauty parlor as a safe haven for five women in Beirut.

This was one of my Top30 Discoveries of 2014.

7. Amu

This one is easy to find!

Director Shonali Bose works with Konkona Sen Sharma, playing an Indian-American visiting India and exploring her family’s past, only to learn about the genocide that lies behind her story.

Amu is available for free on YouTube.

6. Goynar Baksho

Konkona Sen Sharma is a triple-threat on this list~ this time around at the directorial hands of her mom, Aparna Sen, who adapted the screenplay and directed Goynar Baksho, a tale of three generations of women.


YAM Magazine editor, photographer, blogger, translator and part-time web designer. Film junkie, music junkie… and lately series (a.k.a. TV) junkie.

6 Responses

  1. Rodrigo says:

    Lucia Puenzo and Celine Sciamma from the top of my head. From the latter, I do want to see Girlhood.

  2. hmm, more to add…I know these titles are at least on DVD or legal streaming services in the US. Excellent: The Night of Truth 2004, Fanta Régina Nacro). Solid: Ratcatcher (1999, Lynne Ramsay), The Apple (1998, Samira Makhmalbaf- her At Five in the Afternoon is ok but not as contained imo), La ciénaga (2001, Lucrecia Martel), Loving Couples (1964) & The Girls (1968, by Mai Zetterling. Also check her 1962 short “The War Game”), Rachida (2002, Yamina Bachir). Pretty good: Sambizanga (Sarah Maldoror, 1972), Death is a Caress (1949, Edith Carlmar, dunno if on DVD but it’s been in film noir festivals), Hollow City (2004, Maria João Ganga), Something Necessary (Judy Kibinge, 2013). Interesting with some qualms: ’49-’17 (1917, Ruth Ann Baldwin), My Dog Killer (Mira Fornay, 2013), Sleepwalking Land (2007, Teresa Prata), In My Skin (2002, Marina de Van, very gory movie), Honeymoon (2014, Leigh Janiak). Claire Denis’ films are probably not too hard to find as well.

  3. reel411 says:

    I’ve gotta put some of these on my to-watch list! And i loooove Wadjda

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