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Sisters Are Doing it For Themselves: Independent Women on Film

by Cameron Bryant
Sisters Are Doing it For Themselves: Independent Women on Film by Cameron Bryant
I recently sat down and watched Jeanne Dielman. After sitting there for the nearly 3 and a half hours, I was entranced. This was an excellent film and it stayed with me for days. It kept popping into my mind at the most random times. It inspired me to collate a list of my favourite films depicting independent women as the central characters. So often, mainstream movies tend to relegate the woman to the background or put her in a partnership with her male co-star. Women are used as accessories to “compliment” the male actor or the scenario. In these films, women are centre-stage and are independent of men. Here are my favourites, starting… Read more

I recently sat down and watched Jeanne Dielman. After sitting there for the nearly 3 and a half hours, I was entranced. This was an excellent film and it stayed with me for days. It kept popping into my mind at the most random times. It inspired me to collate a list of my favourite films depicting independent women as the central characters. So often, mainstream movies tend to relegate the woman to the background or put her in a partnership with her male co-star. Women are used as accessories to “compliment” the male actor or the scenario. In these films, women are centre-stage and are independent of men. Here are my favourites, starting with one of the best.

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