The Ascent (1977) Larisa Shepitko
Currently available on Hulu, The Ascent is a gripping World War II drama about men stuck in a perilous situation.
Wadjda (2013) Haiffa Al-Mansour
One of the films that truly turned me onto seeking out and embracing films with both a female narrative and a female vision backing it, Wadjda tells the tale of a willful young girl who wants the allowance for something many children think of as a guarantee-the ability, the chance, to ride a bike alongside her male peers.
An Education (2009) Lone Soherfig
Serving as Carey Mulligan’s breakout, An Education isn’t a perfect film but on top of hosting a terrific lineup of performances it also is clever, heartbreaking and never acts as if Peter Sarsgaard’s character David is anything more than a creep.
Wanda (1971) Barbara Loden
Barbara Loden stars and directs in this stunner playing a drifter while also commenting on expectations women face especially the rules placed on them on how they age.