Um, HOLY SHIT. HAPPY NEW YEAR, you guys!!! I can’t believe that not only is it a new year, but a brand new decade. Wild, I know. I’m freaking out, too.
Among the many resolutions I’ve set for myself this year, one of them is getting out and seeing more movies. New ones, old ones, stuff I may have missed — the usual. But over my impromptu Christmas break, began reading a book I had received. The book inspired me to try this tag that’s mentioned in the title of this post (#52FilmsbyWomen). The book is called The Female Gaze and was written by one of my personal heroes, Alicia Malone. She talks about 52 different films directed by women throughout the decades and their impact on film and society as a whole. She brings up this tag/challenge originated by the Women in Film Organization. The concept of the tag is simple: 52 weeks in a year, 52 movies made by women. Watch 1 female-directed film a week, talk about it, amp it up, bring a light to films many may not know about.
Seeing as I run this blog, I thought this was the perfect place for me to share my list of films I’ve chosen to seek out and watch. I hope that whatever public platform I end up having will bring a light to these incredible stories and these badass women. As a woman with dreams of becoming a filmmaker, this is a challenge that I plan on taking seriously and truly envision enjoying the whole process. Now, there’s no *official* list, which is the best part. I did so much research while drafting this list. I took so much care in picking my list of 52 films, and did my best to be as inclusive as possible. As a personal rule, I limited my list to one film per director (in order to avoid making a list of 52 films made by the same two or three directors). Without further ado, here is the list I plan on completing by the end of the year. I’m going to complete this list in no particular order, so chances are Im not starting in numerical order.
Check back later this week to see which film I’m watching first and my thoughts on it. Now, I hope you join me and take on the challenge of watching just more films in general that have been made by women. You might be surprised, some of your favorites might have been directed by women and you didn’t even realize it!