Today is International Women’s Day, and while it sometimes feels like the march to equality is moving backward, there are still a lot of reasons to celebrate.
We talk a lot about films directed by women, and the staggering disparity that still exists when it comes to who get hired and how much they get paid. And of course, there is no shortage of conversation about snubs during awards season.
There are plenty of notable and buzzed about films from women every year. But for this International Women’s Day, let’s talk about some of the less-discussed movies. Those that have flown under the radar. That not nearly enough people have seen. “Booksmart” and “Lady Bird” and “The Hurt Locker” are great. But what are some films that deserve attention?
Shudder is a great resource for horror films from different eras, different countries, and celebrating the voices of both men and women. “Tigers Are Not Afraid” from Issa Lopez is a frightening and heartfelt ghost story about children caught up in the war between Mexico’s cartels. And speaking of female-directed ghost stories on Shudder, Ana Lily Amirpour’s “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” is a must-see for fans of the genre.
Netflix also has a great collection of movies by women, with films like last year’s “Atlantics,” an incredible debut from Mati Diop. Yes, it’s another ghost story, a popular genre it would seem. And there is the devastatingly beautiful animated film, “The Breadwinner,” from Nora Twomey, which tells the story of a young girl in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan.
The world is richer when women get to tell their stories. Amazon, Hulu, Disney+ and every other service offers a lot of great films that deserve to be seen. So now we ask you. What are some of the best under-the-radar films you would recommend that were directed by women? This is an especially good time to focus on the International part of International Women’s Day. Let’s celebrate them together.