Political persecution and sexual violence, motherhood and daughterhood, defining oneself, making family, shaping careers—plus ça change for women over the past 40 years, or did it? Female/feminist filmmakers from East, West and the reunited Germany, and roots as far as Iran, from the 80s to today examine the expectations, influences, dreams and desires in women’s lives. The films in this series challenge the systems that bind women and celebrate women’s achievements as they strive for equal rights and agency over their pasts and futures.
The series title is taken from anthropologist Jane Goodall’s appropriation of the derogatory term “difficult women”:
“It actually doesn’t take much to be considered a difficult woman. That’s why there are so many of us.”
- THE BICYCLE
- THE SUBJECTIVE FACTOR (German Film Rating Commission: Especially valuable)
- BORN IN EVIN (Best Documentary Award at German Film Awards. Fairness Award for Diversity at German Screen Actors Awards.)
- THE CASE YOU (Student Award at Dokfest Munich. Max Ophüls Award for Best Music in a Documentary. Nominated for the Max Ophüls Award 2021 for Best Documentary.)
- I AM ANASTASIA (In competition at Dokfest Munich)
Accessible for free across Canada from January 13th to February 24th, 2022.
Series presented by the Goethe-Institut Toronto with Breakthroughs Film Festival