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Women week at the Knowledge Hub: movies & documentaries

11 March 2021

Knowledge Hub's 2021 Césars awards!

(Please note that most of the movies and documentaries mentionned here are available in original version with subtitles)

On March 12, 2021, date of 2021 Césars awards, the Knowledge Hub let's talk about cinema! Thanks to the Médiathèque Numérique, the ArteVoD platform and UniversCiné (we already talked about it here), you can see some of the nominated films: Sébastien Lifshitz's beautiful documentary Adolescentes, Maïmouna Doucouré's first feature film Mignonnes, Martin Provost's comedy La bonne épouse starring Juliette Binoche, Yolande Moreau and Noémie Lvosky, Jonas Trueba's Spanish film La Virgen de Agosto, as well as Caroline Vignal's Antoinette dans les Cévennes.

You probably still remember the turmoil of the previous year's Césars awards ceremony: we invite you to (re)discover the films of director Céline Sciamma and actress Adèle Haenel, as well as Virginie Despentes' Bye Bye Blondie.

Here is also a selection of films and documentaries divided into four categories honouring and celebrating women, and reflecting the great diversity of Arte's Médiathèque Numérique offer.
So, the nominees are :

Category "All About My Mother":

Category "Portrait of a lady on fire":

  •  Abdellatif Kechiche's Blue is the warmest color explores the birth of love and desire.
  • Mustang by Deniz Gamze Ergüven shows how the dreams of freedom of five sisters in a small Turkish village collide with the rigorism of their family.
  • Divines by Houda Benyamina tells the story of the friendship between two young girls from the city who abandon their studies to become drug dealers.
  • Persepolis by Marjane SatrapiI & Vincent Paronnaud, a wonderful autobiographical animated film, tells the story of two revolutions: the Iranian revolution of 1979 and the revolution of adolescence.

Category "Women Are Heroes":

  • Mohamed Diab's 678 is about three women in Cairo, victims of sexual harassment, who unite to fight men's violence.
  • Guett: the Trial of Viviane Amsalem by Ronit & Shlomi Elkabetz follows the harrowing journey of a woman in Israel who, in order to divorce her husband, must appear before a rabbinical court.
  • Much loved by Nabil Ayouch tells the story of four prostitutes in Morocco.
  • I still hide to smoke, by Rayhana Obermeyer, collects the confidences of women in a hammam in Algiers about their bodies, their sexuality and religion.
  • Women are heroes by JR is a documentary that gives voice to women from the four corners of the world, targets of war and extremism.

Category "Respiro":

  • Alice's Oddyssey by Lucie Borleteau takes us on board a cargo ship where Alice, a mechanic, gives free rein to her love and sensuality.
  • Sebastian Lelio's Gloria Bell is about a divorced woman (Julianne Moore), whose children have already made a life for themselves, and who is determined not to be dependent on the desires of a man.
  • I got Life! by Blandine Lenoir is a fifty-year-old woman (Agnès Jaoui) who has just lost her job and is on the verge of a new life.
  • Emmanuelle Bercot's On my way follows the encounters of Betty (Catherine Deneuve) who, on a whim, sets off on an adventure on the roads of France.
  • And of course Agnès Varda's filmography, an ode to freedom and wandering.

Category " Borgen" :

  • RBG - Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Julie Cohen & Betsy West is a documentary that shows us the life of the woman who became a US Supreme Court Justice and fought for gender equality.
  • Comedy of power by Claude Chabrol tells the story of a judge (Isabelle Huppert) who investigates against all odds in political and industrial circles, against a backdrop of social abuse.
  • Tonie Marshall's Number One traces the rise of a woman (Emmanuelle Devos) to the top of a CAC 40 company.


And if you are a documentary buff and you are not satisfied with the offer of the Digital Media Library, go to Les Yeux Doc, gathering films from the National Catalogue of Documentary Films.

You will find Agnès Varda again, a pioneer of feminist cinema, in an interview conducted on the occasion of an exhibition at the Centre Pompidou.

You will meet the Game Girls, a couple of women living in Skid Row, a district of Los Angeles known as the "homeless capital of the United States".

You will also discover Grisélidis Réal, a Belle de Nuit (Beauty of Night) writer for whom prostitution was "a revolutionary act".

You will be amazed by the life of Irma (The Child - das Kind), an Austrian woman now in her nineties, a Jewish communist who joined the French Resistance during the war and whose role was to convert Wehrmacht soldiers to the cause of the Resistance, and make them renounce Nazism.

Thanks to the popular figure of Djamilia, a character from the novel by the Kyrgyz author Chinguiz Aitmatov, you will meet the women of the Central Asian villages, victims of the custom of bride kidnapping. You will then fly to Armenia, to these villages of women deserted by men because the work is elsewhere, in Russia. Then you'll go to Portugal, to Bustaranga, a hamlet in the mountains, where all the inhabitants are mobilized so that the director of the documentary can finally meet Prince Charming, like all respectable young women.

Finally, in order to complete your filmic exploration in the Knowledge Hub's resources, we invite you to watch the files of Arrêt sur Images, a french website that decrypts medias:

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