Looking for Oum Kulthum. 2017. Germany/Austria/Italy/Morocco. Directed by Shirin Neshat, in collaboration with Shoja Azari. Courtesy of Razor Film

The Future of Film Is Female

July 26–August 2, 2018 The Museum of Modern Art

The current moment in the film industry is one of deep change and extraordinary opportunity, and we are presented with the responsibility to take the necessary steps toward a brighter, more inclusive future in which cinema can more accurately reflect the world around us. The Future of Film is Female is a proactive, positive gesture toward increased representation, equitable workplaces, and gender parity for women in cinema through the simple, yet powerful, act of screening their films.

Begun as a funding program for women developing short films, The Future of Film Is Female has expanded its mission, partnering with MoMA to champion contemporary films directed by women early in their careers, in an effort to have their voices represented and respected on equal footing with their male counterparts. This two-year, seasonal series begins with films by Shirin Neshat, Gillian Robespierre, Maysaloun Hamoud, Coralie Fargeat, and Erin Lee Carr; a special shorts program from the NoBudge movie club; and short film screenings before each feature. Subsequent seasons will reflect and respond to changes in filmmaking, financing, and exhibition, in addition to broader societal challenges.

Organized by Caryn Coleman, guest curator, and Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, The Museum of Modern Art.

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