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Researching Women's Film History

Bell, Melanie; Cobb, Shelley; Gledhill, Christine; Mukherjee, Debashree; Porter, Laraine; Sawhney, Rashmi; Sieglohr, Ulrike

While 1970s/1980s feminist film theory questioned the representability of women within a male-dominated industry, renewed interest in early film history revealed unexpected numbers of women film makers. The international Women Film Pioneers Project (WFPP), an ever-growing database housed at Columbia University, New York, documents research into the pioneering work of women in cinema's first crucial decades as it became a mass and transnational medium. A surge of monographs has followed, focusing on women's diverse careers, the gendering of film studio organization and practices, and the cultural impacts of female audiences, campaigners, journalists, and critics. These discoveries are emerging in festival and film theater programming, film education, and local cultural activity. In Britain, the Women's Film & Television History Network-UK/Ireland, encourages research across the barriers between silence and sound, cinema and television. In what follows, the Network records key issues and figures emerging from the project of women's film history, across the world.


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The International Encyclopedia of Gender, Media, and Communication
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Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
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July 14, 2021


Keywords: women's history, feminist film historiography, film history, cinema studies, Indian cinema, women's work, production history, labor