2007 Fem Helmed films, thus far

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Listed in the order in which they were released:

  • Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story – In this documentary feature, Sakie Yokota, Megumi’s mother, shows extraordinary determination, fortitude and dignity in her 30-year struggle to find her daughter, who was abducted by North Korean spies in 1977. Co-directed by Patti Kim.
  • Blood and Chocolate – Katja Von Garner’s romantic, mythic twist on the werewolf genre presents a young American loup garoux (Agnes Bruckner) torn between loyalty to her pack and true love. Adapted from Annette Curtis Klause’s novel.
  • Catch and Release – Susannah Grant’s dark comedy about a women (Jennifer Garner) coping with her fiance’s death and the secrets he’d been keeping from her.
  • Screamers – Carla Garapedian follows the rock band System of a Down as they tour Europe and the US pointing out the horrors of modern genocide that began in Armenia in 1915 up though Darfur today.
  • The Decomposition of the Soul – Co-directed by Nina Toussaint
  • Notes on Marie Menken – directed by Martina Kudlacek, about the painter-turned avant garde filmmaker
  • Four-Eyed Monsters – co-directed by Susan Bruice and Arin Crumley
  • Avenue Montaigne – Directed and co-written by Daniele Thompson
  • Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams – Written and Directed by Jasmila Zbanic, about the results of a woman’s rape by occupying soldiers.
  • Gray Matters – written and directed by Sue Kramer
  • The Cats of Mirikitani – documentary directed by Linda Hattendorf
  • The Namesake – directed by Mira Nair, based on Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel
  • Air Guitar Nation – documentary directed by Alexandra Lipsitz
  • The Prisoner or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair – Co-directed by Petra Epperlein
  • After the Wedding – directed by Susanne Bier
  • Dreaming of Lhasa – co-written and co-directed by Ritu Sarin
  • Red Road – directed and co-written by Andrea Arnold, about a woman seeking revenger for her son’s death.
  • Stephanie Daley – Directed by Hilary Brougher, about a teenager (Amber Tamblyn) who kills her newborn.
  • The Collector – written and directed by Olympia Stone
  • Diggers – directed by Katherine Dieckmann
  • Something to Cheer About – written and directed by Betsy Blankenbaker
  • Missing Victor Pellerin – Directed by Sephie DeRaspe
  • Waitress – Written and directed by Adrienne Shelly
  • Away from Her – Written and directed by Sarah Polley
  • L’Iceberg – Co-written and co-directed by Fiona Gordon
  • Paris, je t’amie – including the segments Quais de Seine (directed and co-written Gurinder Chadha), Bastille (written and directed by Isabel Coixet), Loin du 16ieme (co-written and co-directed by Daniela Thomas), Quartier Latin (written by Gena Rowlands) and Porte de Choisy (written by Gabrielle Keng and Kathy Li)
  • Day Night Day Night – Directed by Julia Loktev
  • Amu – written and directed by Shonali Bose Angel
  • The Trial of Darryl Hunt – Documentary co-written and co-directed by Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg
  • When the Road Bends: Tales of a Gypsy Caravan – directed by Jasmine Dellal
  • Manufactured Landscapes – Documentary directed by Jennifer Baichwal
  • Broken English – Written and directed by Zoe Cassavetes
  • In Between Days – Directed and co-written by Korean-American filmmaker So Yong Kim
  • Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soapbox – Documentary directed by Sara Lamm
  • Falling – Wtitten and directed by Austrian filmmaker Barbara Albert
  • Flying: Confessions of a Free Women – Filmmaker Jennifer Fox explores conflicts between career, romance and social expectations of women both in the US and countries around the world in this six-hour documentary
  • Introducing the Dwights – Directed by Cherie Nowlan
  • Talk to Me
  • – Directed by Kasi Lemmons

    You’ll find reviews of many of these films, as well as interviews with many of the directors, in the archives at www.awfj.org.

    Any omissions you can think of? Please let us know.

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    Jennifer Merin

    Jennifer Merin is the Film Critic for Womens eNews and contributes the CINEMA CITIZEN blog for and is managing editor for Women on Film, the online magazine of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, of which she is President. She has served as a regular critic and film-related interviewer for The New York Press and About.com. She has written about entertainment for USA Today, The L.A. Times, US Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Endless Vacation Magazine, Daily News, New York Post, SoHo News and other publications. After receiving her MFA from Tisch School of the Arts (Grad Acting), Jennifer performed at the O'Neill Theater Center's Playwrights Conference, Long Wharf Theater, American Place Theatre and LaMamma, where she worked with renown Japanese director, Shuji Terayama. She subsequently joined Terayama's theater company in Tokyo, where she also acted in films. Her journalism career began when she was asked to write about Terayama for The Drama Review. She became a regular contributor to the Christian Science Monitor after writing an article about Marketta Kimbrell's Theater For The Forgotten, with which she was performing at the time. She was an O'Neill Theater Center National Critics' Institute Fellow, and then became the institute's Coordinator. While teaching at the Universities of Wisconsin and Rhode Island, she wrote "A Directory of Festivals of Theater, Dance and Folklore Around the World," published by the International Theater Institute. Denmark's Odin Teatret's director, Eugenio Barba, wrote his manifesto in the form of a letter to "Dear Jennifer Merin," which has been published around the world, in languages as diverse as Farsi and Romanian. Jennifer's culturally-oriented travel column began in the LA Times in 1984, then moved to The Associated Press, LA Times Syndicate, Tribune Media, Creators Syndicate and (currently) Arcamax Publishing. She's been news writer/editor for ABC Radio Networks, on-air reporter for NBC, CBS Radio and, currently, for Westwood One's America In the Morning. She is also a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association. For her AWFJ archive, type "Jennifer Merin" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).