Meet some of the women from around the world that everyone should know about....
Chisholm '72: Unbought and Unbossed, Dir: Shola Lynch (US, 2004).
Shola Lynch’s documentary features interviews with supporters and opponents alike, contextualised by emotive footage of Vietnam War protests, the Black Panthers and the Women’s movement. After the presidency of Barack Obama and the candidacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chisholm’s story takes on even greater bearing. This is a woman everyone should know about.
Georgie Girl, Dir: Annie Goldson, Peter Wells (New Zealand, 2001)
It’s hard to imagine a place less likely to elect the first transgender person in the world than the traditionally conservative, and almost entirely white, rural Wairarapa region. But that's where history was made in 1999.
Georgina, who is of Maori descent, grew up on a Taranaki farm, before moving to Wellington, where she worked first as a showgirl, and then as a sex worker.
Unhappy in the city, Georgina moved to a small rural town, where she decided to run as a local councillor before rapidly ascending to Parliament.
Through her own observations and the voices of her constituents and neighbours, this insightful documentary reveals the intelligence, charisma and honesty that won over a conservative, rural electorate who made her, in turn, a city councillor, a mayor and a Parliamentarian.
Enemies of Happiness, Dir: Eva Mulvad (Denmark, 2006)
A documentary following Malalai Joya, a young outspoken Afghan woman, during the last weeks of her political campaign as she risks her life to speak out for democracy.Two years after her rousing speech in the Loya Jirga, during Afghanistan's first democratic elections in over 30 years, Joya launches a remarkable campaign, conducted for the most part in hiding, dodging the daily death threats she receives. Danish filmmaker Eva Mulvad joins Joya in the last weeks of this seemingly impossible campaign.
Nevertheless She Persisted: Suffrage, cinema and beyond took place at the Barbican Centre in London from 18-24 April 2018.
Part of The Art of Change - a season exploring how artists respond to, reflect and potentially effect change in the social and political landscape.