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Lee Grant

“I was married to a Marxist and I was married to a fascist, and neither one of them ever took out the garbage.”

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    WHEN WOMEN KILL

    Lee Grant United States, 1983

    An intimate look at life behind prison bars, When Women Kill erases the lurid sheen attached to tales of female criminals. Exposing the systematic and gendered abuse that drives women to violence, this poignant documentary vividly attests to Lee Grant’s talents as a filmmaker and an interviewer.

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    DOWN AND OUT IN AMERICA

    Lee Grant United States, 1986

    A grand indictment of the cruelty of Reaganomics, Lee Grant’s Oscar®-winning triumph scales the wealth gap plaguing both rural and metropolitan America during the 1980s. Markedly intersectional in its approach, the film champions the grassroots movements that rail against institutional indifference.

    WHAT SEX AM I?

    Lee Grant United States, 1985

    Resounding with a radical compassion, Lee Grant’s groundbreaking documentary beautifully captures the intimacies of transgender lives in a stiflingly conservative 1980s America. Strikingly ahead of its time, What Sex Am I? embraces those who dare to live their truth amid insurmountable prejudices.

    THE WILLMAR 8

    Lee Grant United States, 1981

    Charting a pivotal strike for pay equality in the late 1970s, Lee Grant’s first documentary astutely contextualizes labor justice within the fight for female empowerment. In the face of sexist workplace practices and uncaring state institutions, the resilience of the picketers left a lasting legacy.

    BATTERED

    Lee Grant United States, 1989

    Debunking the misconceptions surrounding domestic abuse, Lee Grant’s powerful documentary sensitively humanizes the staggering statistics of violence against women in American society. Brutalized by their intimate partners, survivors are further harmed by the lack of support from state institutions.

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