Three feminist documentaries to watch for International Women’s Day

Surfers, scientists and activists shine in these terrific films about Australian women. Be inspired, challenged and informed while you look forward to a time when we don't need a Women's Day.

International Women’s Day is Monday 8 March and it’s a chance to highlight some films that focus on the achievements of fierce, fabulous women, and the challenges they still face for equality in every arena. Here are three newish films on our radar this year.

The idea of taking 76 female scientists from around the world on a 20-day cruise to the Antarctic, while also schooling them in ‘leadership skills’, sounds like a positive one. Australian CEO and ‘dreamer’ Fabian Dattner is the leader of this voyage, but her gung-ho tactics and abrasive personality put her at odds with many on board. Generational differences in style and a lack of proper processes around trauma almost sink the cruise, but the support the women offer to each other keeps it afloat, and Dattner is no simple villain.

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Rochelle Siemienowicz is the ArtsHub Group's Education and Career Editor. She was previously a journalist for Screenhub and is a writer, film critic and cultural commentator with a PhD in Australian cinema. She was the co-host of Australia's longest-running film podcast 'Hell is for Hyphenates' and has written a memoir, Fallen, published by Affirm Press. Her second book, Double Happiness, a novel, will be published by Midnight Sun in 2024. Instagram: @Rochelle_Rochelle Twitter: @Milan2Pinsk