If you’re paying any attention to the ongoing issue of gender representation in film, the lack of women filmmakers on BBC Culture’s list of the 100 greatest foreign-language films wont be a surprise.
According to the BBC, 209 critics sent in their 10 greatest foreign-language films for the poll. Of these respondents, 94 were women – that’s 45 percent – yet there are only four female directors with titles in the top 100: Chantal Akerman (Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels), Claire Denis (“Beau Travail), Agnès Varda (Cleo from 5 to 7), and Katia Lund (co-director of City of God).
As Ana Maria Bahiana rightly observes in her BBC report, “This troubling result puts the current conversation about the dearth of women film-makers in a wider context: by being barred from the exercise of their craft in cinema, women run the risk of being excluded from its history.” Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEM.
EDITOR’S NOTE: A similar survey conducted by AFI in 2007 spurred the Alliance of Women Film Journalists to compile and publish AWFJ’s List of Top 100 Films, which includes a significantly larger percentage of women directors.