Phoebe Chen is a writer and graduate student living in New York. (June 2020)


The Films of Women’s Liberation

Billie Browning and Suzanne Browning in Suzanne, Suzanne, directed by Camille Billops, 1982

An exceptional series currently streaming on the Criterion Channel, “Tell Me: Women Filmmakers, Women’s Stories,” is an occasion to reconsider the ranging paths of feminist media production stoked by women’s liberation in the early 1970s. Originally curated by Nellie Killian for a Metrograph run in 2018, the series spans four decades of documentaries made by women, many of which were distributed by feminist and leftist collectives during the 1970s and 1980s.