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Favorite Films by Women

by Kim Packard
Nowhere in Africa/ Nirgendwo in Afrika: In 1938, the Redlich family flees to Kenya from Leobschütz in Silesia, Nazi Germany, to escape the increasing persecution of the Jews. Walter, a former lawyer, finds work as a farm manager and sends for his family. His wife Jettel has trouble adjusting to life in Africa, although their daughter Regina quickly adapts to her new environment, easily learning the language of the country and showing interest in local culture. Regina soon forms a close friendship with the farm’s cook, Owuor. The Cave of the Yellow Dog: The story opens with Nansal returning from boarding school to her family. The family… Read more


Nowhere in Africa/ Nirgendwo in Afrika: In 1938, the Redlich family flees to Kenya from Leobschütz in Silesia, Nazi Germany, to escape the increasing persecution of the Jews. Walter, a former lawyer, finds work as a farm manager and sends for his family. His wife Jettel has trouble adjusting to life in Africa, although their daughter Regina quickly adapts to her new environment, easily learning the language of the country and showing interest in local culture. Regina soon forms a close friendship with the farm’s cook, Owuor.


The Cave of the Yellow Dog: The story opens with Nansal returning from boarding school to her family. The family of five lives in a yurt and lives off of their livestock, which include sheep, goats, and cattle. Nansal’s father is worried about his family’s survival because of the wolves that have been attacking their herd. While Nansal is out collecting dung, she stumbles across a cave in which she finds a black and white dog. She brings the dog home and names it “Zochor” (Spot).


Manufactured Landscapes is a 2006 documentary film about the work of photographer Edward Burtynsky.

ABDUCTION was co-directed by Chris Sheridan who is Patty Kim’s husband.

MIDNIGHT was co-directed by Daniela Thomas.

PERSEPOLIS was co-directed by Marjane Satrapi.

Paris je t’aime – “Bastille” was directed by Isabel Coixet: Prepared to leave his marriage for a much younger lover, Marie Christine (Leonor Watling), a man named Sergio (Sergio Castellitto) instead decides to stay with his wife (Miranda Richardson) after she reveals a terminal illness – and he rediscovers the love he once felt for her. Paris je t’aime also features “Loin du 16e” (XVIe arrondissement; literally: “far from the 16th”) — by Brazilian writer-directors Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas- in which a young immigrant woman (Catalina Sandino Moreno) sings a Spanish lullaby (“Qué Linda Manita”) to her baby before leaving it in a daycare. She then takes an extremely long commute to the home of her wealthy employer (whose face is not seen), where she sings the same lullaby to her employer’s baby.

Women’s History Month (Where are the women filmmakers?!)

Not ranked but 1-20 are my submissions to Kenji’s Favorite Films by Women Poll. Films by Women Poll Results #29-#42 are films I haven’t seen yet—except for Meshes, which I need to rewatch—that made the top 20 on the poll.

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