Short films by emerging filmmakers from Australia participating in the MIFF Accelerator Lab 2021. See the work of tomorrow’s hottest directors today.
Hot Docs 2021’s Best Canadian Short Documentary winner turns the lens on Saïda’s, a salon where Tunisian women can talk politics while getting their hair done.
An aspiring Peruvian performer must decide whether she’s dancing for others or for herself.
An unplanned pregnancy unites two very different Costa Rican women in unique ways.
Isolated and maligned by her peers, a woodworker crafts a more assured self-image.
A wild, experimental provocation, this black-and-white film features charismatic director Jackie Raynal in an assemblage of unconnected, often-repeating scenes.
Feminism, media interrogation, relationships and exploratory art practices are showcased in this series spanning two continents and five decades.
Two Fijian-Indian sisters escape their cousin’s wedding to get high on disobedience and drugs.
A real-life mother–daughter duo play a semi-fictional mother–daughter duo struggling to make ends meet in this charismatic feminist class comedy.
This true story of an acid attack survivor’s fight to alter her daughter’s destiny is an inspiring and heartwarming call-to-action.
A guided tour through art history as seen through the female gaze – and a savvy, subversive rejoinder to centuries of representation from the eyes of the male beholder.
Yugantar’s most well-known film is a collaboration with the Hyderabad-based feminist activist collective Stree Shakti Sanghatana and an urgent treatise on domestic violence.
Essie Davis is incandescent as a squeegee-wielding mama bear who won’t stop fighting for those she loves – even if it ruins her own life.
In this Brazilian Gothic cri de coeur, the murder of a trans woman reverberates in the lives of the people around her.
Yugantar focuses on female labour rights in Maid Servant (Molkarin, 1981), which features domestic workers in Pune.
Les Insoumuses tackle the French media’s sexism by taking playful aim at a misogynistic episode of a popular TV program hosted by Bernard Pivot.
A twentysomething has to grapple with the pressures of impending maturity as well as the ‘ninjababy’ that has snuck inside her seemingly undetected.
Laurie Anderson narrates the untold history of the women who blazed a trail through electronic music.
An intimidating encounter with a group of teens forces a 12-year-old to ponder her place in the world.
This DOK Leipzig Silver Dove for Short Documentary and Animated Film winner grapples with China’s one-child policy through a story about two friends.
When a new arrival is alienated by her peers at a girls’ orphanage, she exacts revenge by inventing an activity that takes gameplay to the extreme.
This intimately-made film draws on conceptual art and performance documentation to self-reflexively survey Barbara Cleveland’s then-15-year collaborative relationship.
Yugantar focuses on female labour rights in Tobacco Ember (Tambaku Chaakila Oob Ali, 1982), which features factory workers in Nipani.
On the cusp of turning 10, a Jamaican girl is about to learn how not to drown.
Digitally restored in 2019, three pioneering works by the Yugantar Film Collective offer a rare insight into the active women’s movements across 1980s India.