Margaret Salmon, Ninna Nanna (2007), production still

Join us the first Thursday of each month for a free online screening of rarely seen short films and videos from the Smithsonian’s collection, followed by live conversations with the artists and Smithsonian curators. Featured artists and filmmakers include Margaret Salmon, Zora Lathan and Iman Uqdah Hameen, and Leslie Thornton.

Since the invention of the moving image, women have created films and videos that have changed how people see and experience the world. Throughout 2021, the Smithsonian will celebrate the breadth of women-made films and videos through a monthly series called Viewfinder: Women’s Film and Video from the Smithsonian. The first six programs consider the theme of inner worlds — a timely topic as the global pandemic continues to confine many people to their homes. Featured programs will highlight issues directly addressing domestic interiors, including childcare and labor, while others explore the emotional experiences that shape private lives. This series is presented by the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, Because of Her Story, in collaboration with participating Smithsonian institutions.


Margaret Salmon: On Motherhood and the Everyday

Ninna Nanna (2006), by filmmaker Margaret Salmon, explores the relationships between three young Italian mothers and their infants. In striking images captured on 16 mm film, Salmon observes the subtle dynamics and emotional nuances of the women’s interactions with their young children. The filmmaker will join Rosalind Galt, Professor of Film Studies at King’s College London, and Marina Isgro, Associate Curator of Media and Performance Art and Robert and Arlene Kogod Secretarial Scholar at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, in a post-screening conversation about this work in the Hirshhorn’s collection.

Register for “Margaret Salmon: On Motherhood and the Everyday,” taking place on Thursday, April 1, at 5pm (EDT).

For more details on the full series and to register for upcoming screenings, visit