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Withitgirl Film Club No. 1

Women Make Films (2019): WEBSITE

Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema is a documentary about the role and significance of women directors in the history of filmmaking. In the Introduction, the voice-over and narrator (Tilda Swinton) reflects on the often overlooked role of women directors, and that this documentary aims to correct that once and for all.

Girls Can’t Surf (2020): INFO HERE

Girls Can’t Surf shares the untold story of a ragtag bunch of inspired, renegade Australian, American, and South African women surfers who battled against inequality, homophobia, and chauvinism of their fellow sportsmen, sponsors, and institutions. As the sea ebbed and flowed, so did their struggle, fortunes, and notoriety of these pioneering surfers, but nothing kept these radical women from catching their own waves.—Luke Moody

Available in theatres on March 11 (Australia)

La Maestra (2015)

Director Elizabeth Pepin Silva, Paul Ferraris

La Maestra (The Teacher) is a half-hour documentary about the day in the life of a young Mexican woman and the tiny village in which she lives. The film profiles Mayra Agulair, a teacher in a tiny rural fishing village in southern Baja, Mexico, who becomes the first Mexican woman surfer in her area. Told in Spanish using mainly Mayra's voice, the film shows how, in her own small way, Mayra has made an impact on her community and has gone on to inspire both her students and other local women to take up the sport and follow their dreams.

Available on The Surf Network

One Winter Story (2007)

By Sally Lundberg and Liz Peppin (Former withitgirls!)

“One Winter Story” is an unprecedented glimpse into the male-dominated world of big-wave surfing from an unusual and seldom seen perspective - a woman’s. This hour-long experimentally shot award-winning film explores the nature of fear and faith through the experience of big-wave surf pioneer, Sarah Gerhardt.

Available on The Surf Network

Pushing Forward (2019)

What does it mean to “skateboard like a girl?” How do we get more voices talking about women’s skateboarding? Vanessa Torres invites us in to explain how seeing yourself in skateboarding can give you the confidence to finally drop in. In 2020, skateboarding is set to enter the mainstream on a global scale like it never has before — in Pushing Forward, we’re asking and answering the real, authentic, and relevant questions that define the present-day state of skate before it changes forever.

Lesson From Jeju (2020): Full Film

Directed by Nicole Gormley

Seven months pregnant and apprehensive of the effect motherhood would have on her career as a professional freediver, Kimi Werner took a trip to the island of Jeju in South Korea to meet her heroes, the haenyeo – a group of freediving and fishing women often regarded as Korea’s first working mother’s whose culture dates back centuries.

Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines (2012): WEBSITE

By Kristy Guevara-Flanagan (

Traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, WONDER WOMEN! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation- goes behind the scenes with Lynda Carter, Lindsay Wagner, comic writers and artists, and real-life superheroines such as Gloria Steinem, Kathleen Hanna, and others, who offer an enlightening and entertaining counterpoint to the male-dominated superhero genre

Available on Kanopy

Girl Power (2016) Female Graffiti Artists: WEBSITE

Directed By Sany

Girl Power is a documentary that presents female graffiti writers from fifteen cities – from Prague to Moscow, Cape Town, Sydney, Biel, Madrid, Berlin, Toulouse, Barcelona, and all the way to New York. The graffiti community is predominantly a man's world, and men often share the view that graffiti – namely the illegal kind – is not for girls. And yet women have become increasingly more emancipated in recent years; there are female graffiti shows, magazines, and websites. Girl Power captures the stories of ladies who have succeeded in the male graffiti world. Girl Power is more than just a look into the graffiti microcosm; it tells the moving story of Czech writer Sany, who decided in 2009 to capture female emancipation in graffiti on film and to give other girls and women the possibility to express themselves.

Available Apple Download

The Heart of the Sea: Kapolioka’ehukai (2002)

“Heart of the Sea” is a portrait of Rell “Kapolioka'ehukai” Sunn, who died in January 1998 of breast cancer at the age of 47. Known worldwide as a pioneer of women’s professional surfing, at home in Hawaii Rell achieved the stature of an icon—not only for her physical power, grace, and luminous beauty but for her leadership in a community that loved her as much as she loved it.

Available on Demand Vimeo

Beyond the Visible (2019)

Directed by Halina Dyrschka

The documentary considers why the visionary Hilma Klint had been left out of conversations about the development of abstract painting for so long.

Available on Kino Now

Here is an extra clip from the REAL STORIES series

Surf Girls Jamaica (S1 EP 16)

Surf Girls Jamaica focuses on Imani Wilmot, an inspirational Jamaican surfer who uses the sport as a means of transforming the tough lives of the women around her, in Kingston and surrounding areas.


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