Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum for our third annual Women Filmmakers Festival. This year, the festival is presented exclusively online with screenings and programming that highlights a different, singularly-inspiring artist each week. Organized around the theme of “Her History Lessons,” the featured filmmakers all create works that look to the past for insights into urgent issues of today.
Conversations take place virtually each Wednesday of the festival at 5:30pm (EST).
- March 3: Lessons from Environmental Histories with Cecilia Vicuña
- March 10: Lessons from Activist Histories with Coco Fusco
- March 17: Lessons from Pandemic Histories with Mariam Ghani
The 2021 Women Filmmakers Festival at SAAM features three groundbreaking women filmmakers: Cecilia Vicuña, Coco Fusco, and Mariam Ghani. Acknowledging the momentous events of 2020, the selected videos reflect on topics like colonial histories and the growing climate crisis; legacies of artists, activists, and state repression; and more than a century of pandemics tied to social upheavals. By showcasing these artists and inviting them into conversation with Smithsonian curators and audiences, the festival this year reckons with challenges that traverse generations and have much to teach us in navigating the road ahead.
We will highlight a different woman filmmaker each week of the festival. On Mondays, we’ll release a longer video work by the featured artist, which will be available for viewing any time during the week. Viewers are encouraged to enjoy the film and submit questions and comments. These will be compiled and discussed each Wednesday in a live virtual conversation featuring the filmmaker and Smithsonian curators. All films and artist talks are free, but registration is required.
Mark your calendar and register at americanart.si.edu.
Women Filmmakers Festival at SAAM is made possible by the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, Because of Her Story.
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