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Women Behind the Camera
Year:  2007
Running Time:  90 minutes
Country:  USA
Genre:  Documentary
Cast:  Agnes Varda, Ellen Kuras, Celiana Cardenas, Emiko Omori...
Director:  Alexis Krasilovsky

Description:
  [Screening @ the Tiburon Film Society]

This made-by-women-for-women documentary, based upon Alexis Krasilovsky’s book of the same name, connects globally, exploring the lives of camerawomen in Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Iran, Mexico, Russia, Senegal, and other countries in a way never seen before.

From the secret films by camerawomen of Taliban beating Afghani women, to historic footage by China’s first camerawomen of Mao’s travels through the Chinese countryside… From the playful narrative of a Russian filmmaker who learned the art from her father, her choice of career told as a love story, to rural India, where subsistence-level women are taught camerawork as a means of empowerment, to the glowing young Senegalese camerawoman willing to climb onto a man’s shoulders – literally – to get her subject, Professor Krasilovsky shows us a world of beauty, courage and technical skill.

Photos (from top left): Agnes Varda (Director, France), Ellen Kuras (Director of Photography, ASC), Celiana Cardenas (DP, Mexico), Emiko Omori (Director & Camerawoman, San Francisco).

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