At last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, documentary essayist Mark Cousins unveiled an ambitious new project: “Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Film,” which presents an alternative approach to film history exclusively through movies directed by women.
The four hours presented boasted a Tilda Swinton voiceover and the searing assertion that “film history is sexist.”
Now Cousins has completed the project, and TIFF is giving it a lot of space: The entire 14 hours of “Women Make Film” will screen at this year’s festival in five separate installments.
Cousins spent years scouring archives for films directed by women, and the finished project includes around 700 clips from 183 films around the world.
“You can watch any two hours of this and scribble down names of filmmakers you’ve never heard before,” TIFF Docs programmer Thom Powers said.
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