Film Programs

Women+Film

Women+Film is a year-round partnership between the Denver Film Society and the Women+Film organization, formed not only to celebrate the art and achievements of women filmmakers around the world but also to bring together an array of scholars, civil- and human-rights advocates, community leaders, and concerned members of the public to shine a spotlight on social issues through cinema and the dialogue it stimulates.

Adam
Morocco 2019 98 min.

Friendships aren’t always easy, as Samia, a young woman pregnant out of wedlock, finds when she’s grudgingly taken in by Abla, a single mother and grieving widow. But in this quietly stirring Moroccan drama, both women have something to learn through their improbable sisterhood.

Clemency
USA 2019 113 min.

Prison warden Bernadine Williams (Alfre Woodard) scrupulously maintains her emotional distance from everyone and everything—including a failing marriage and a botched execution. But with plans to carry out another death sentence underway, her nerves are starting to fray in this devastating drama.

The Conductor
Netherlands 2018 137 min.

This stirring drama is based on the true story of Dutch musician Antonia Brico, who became the first woman ever to conduct a professional symphony orchestra when she signed with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in the late 1920s. But her struggles didn’t end there.

A Girl From Mogadishu
Ireland 2019 112 min.

Ifrah Ahmed could have been just one more nameless, faceless victim in the annals of war-torn Somalia. Instead she became a global heroine, positioning herself at the forefront of the fight against gender-based violence. This enlightening biopic tells her story.

The Great American Lie
USA 2019 99 min.

The American Dream may be the most enduring tale we as a nation tell ourselves. But is the guarantee of upward mobility in exchange for hard work—regardless of color, class, or creed—just a myth? This frank documentary asks whether we’re lying to ourselves about the even level of the playing field.

House of Hummingbird
South Korea 2018 138 min.

A lonely teenaged girl desperately seeks from the outside world the compassion and companionship she doesn’t get at home. Though set in a rapidly modernizing Seoul circa 1994, this perceptive and earnest coming-of-age tale couldn’t be more timeless or universal.

Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy
USA 2019 82 min.

How does a feisty British woman become “a prophet for Mexican food?” Intensive research, thousands of travel miles, and a passion for down-to-earth regional cuisine earned 94-year-old Diana Kennedy the title. The author of eight cookbooks is profiled in this mouthwatering documentary.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire
France 2019 119 min.

French writer/director Céline Sciamma won the Best Screenplay award at Cannes for this affecting, elegantly subversive period romance set in the 18th century, which follows artist Marianne on a delicate assignment: painting the wedding portrait of reluctant bride-to-be Héloïse.

Scheme Birds
United Kingdom 2018 90 min.

Growing up on the hardscrabble outskirts of Glasgow, teenaged Gemma has already seen enough trouble to last a lifetime. But there’s so much more to come in this startling, clear-eyed but compassionate documentary, which does its subject the justice she deserves by daring to show her just as she is.

Show Me What You Got
USA 2019 101 min.

In this sultry and unconventional love story, an undeniable spark during a chance meeting leads Christine, Nassim, and Marcello to explore their sexuality together—even as they struggle separately to prove themselves to their families and the world around them.

Sibyl
France 2019 100 min.

Sibyl is eyeing a career change from psychotherapist to novelist, but her muse is elusive. Enter untethered new patient Margot, an irresistible source of inspiration. This darkly funny French drama follows Sibyl as she grows increasingly obsessed with—and entangled in—Margot’s chaotic life.

Song Without a Name
Peru 2018 97 min.

Georgina is a poor Quecha woman living on the outskirts of Lima. The day she gives birth at a private clinic, her baby is snatched away from her, and Georgina must confront both the indifferent police and violent terrorists to search for her daughter in this Peruvian drama based on a true story.

Stars by the Pound
France 2018 88 min.

Lonely Lois is just 16, but her dream of becoming an astronaut has already been stymied due to her weight: over 200 pounds. When her despair lands her in a hospital ward with three equally damaged girls, she finds her tribe for the first time in this slyly poignant coming-of-age drama from France.

Varda by Agnès
France 2019 115 min.

The late great Nouvelle Vague pioneer Agnès Varda was an institution of French cinema but a fierce opponent of any kind of institutional thinking. This documentary invites you to join her on a retrospective journey through her unconventional oeuvre. It’s an honor.

Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema Part 1
United Kingdom 2019 180 min.

As told through clips from 183 female directors with narration by Tilda Swinton, this epic 14-hour documentary by Mark Cousins (The Story of Film, DFF35) focuses on women’s integral role in the development of the art of cinema.

Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema Part 2
United Kingdom 2019 180 min.

As told through clips from 183 female directors with narration by Tilda Swinton, this epic 14-hour documentary by Mark Cousins (The Story of Film, DFF35) focuses on women’s integral role in the development of the art of cinema.

Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema Part 3
United Kingdom 2019 180 min.

As told through clips from 183 female directors with narration by Tilda Swinton, this epic 14-hour documentary by Mark Cousins (The Story of Film, DFF35) focuses on women’s integral role in the development of the art of cinema.

Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema Part 4
United Kingdom 2019 180 min.

As told through clips from 183 female directors with narration by Tilda Swinton, this epic 14-hour documentary by Mark Cousins (The Story of Film, DFF35) focuses on women’s integral role in the development of the art of cinema.

Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema Part 5
United Kingdom 2019 120 min.

As told through clips from 183 female directors with narration by Tilda Swinton, this epic 14-hour documentary by Mark Cousins (The Story of Film, DFF35) focuses on women’s integral role in the development of the art of cinema.

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