Free films for International Women’s Day at NFSA

To celebrate International Women's Day, NFSA are showing the Women Make Films series. And the best thing about it? It's free.

Starting from 12 March, the National Film and Sound Archive’s Arc Cinema will have free screenings of the Women Make Film series. The announcement coincides with International Women’s Day.

Women Make Film is a 14 part docu-series by Mark Cousins that explores the history of women in film. Episode one, showing this Saturday, is about how to open a film and craft the right tone. A film’s opening is its first chance to make an impression on the audience: what kind of world are we in, and how does it make us feel? Watch and learn from some of the great women filmmakers.

The screening of the first episode on 12 March is followed by a showing of Blackboards, a 2000 film by Iranian filmmaker Samira Makhmalbaf. The film follows a group of poor teachers attempting to educate young Kurdish children. The cast is mainly comprised of non-actors, some of them Kurdish refugees, and uses its school teacher narrative to reveal a story of war and terror. Director Samira Makhmalbaf was the youngest winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes, which she achieved at just 21.

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You can book tickets to any of the screenings at the NFSA website.

Silvi Vann-Wall is a journalist, podcaster, and filmmaker. They joined ScreenHub as Film Content Lead in 2022. Twitter: @SilviReports