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The Camera is Ours: Britain's Women Documentary Makers

Contemporary women documentarians tell a vibrant story.

A selection of contemporary features that are at the heart of the BFI’s project to raise the visibility of the women who’ve been making documentaries for almost 100 years. These are works that reveal the impact of war on families, examine housing conditions, expose barriers against inclusive societies: both then and now there are women on the frontline, telling stories.

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Dreams of a LifeDreams of a Life

Documentary201191 minsDirector: Carol Morley

The power of kinship is explored in Carol Morley’s drama-documentary, drawn from real life and resonant with the way we live now.

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Rebel DykesRebel Dykes

Documentary202191 minsDirector: Harri Shanahan

A brilliant and refreshing story of UK post-punk dyke culture, told by those who lived it.

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I'm British But...I'm British But...

Documentary198929 minsDirector: Gurinder Chadha

Britain beats to the sound of Bhangra and Bangla in Gurinder Chadha's debut film.

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The Great Hip Hop HoaxThe Great Hip Hop Hoax

Documentary201388 minsDirector: Jeanie Finlay

The documentary that takes you inside the masterplan that convinced the whole music industry that two students from Dundee were the next big thing in Hip-Hop.

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Orion: The Man Who Would Be KingOrion: The Man Who Would Be King

Documentary201586 minsDirector: Jeanie Finlay

The rollercoaster rise and tragic fall of the mystery masked man with the voice of a legend.

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Sound It OutSound It Out

Documentary201175 minsDirector: Jeanie Finlay

Jeanie Finlay's elegaic account of the very last record shop in Teesside, UK.

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Shinjuku BoysShinjuku Boys

Documentary199554 minsDirector: Kim Longinotto

Tender fly-on-the-wall documentary depicting the daily lives of three Japanese 'onnabe' who work as host in a Tokyo nightclub

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Divorce Iranian StyleDivorce Iranian Style

Documentary199876 minsDirector: Kim Longinotto

Kim Longinotto’s observational documentary delves into Iran’s difficult and one-sided divorce process.

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UnderageUnderage

Documentary198257 minsDirector: Kim Longinotto

Racism, glue-sniffing, petty theft and promiscuity - Coventry teenagers at play.

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The ArborThe Arbor

Biopic201090 minsDirector: Clio Barnard

Clio Barnard's film about Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar mixes reconstruction, interviews (performed by actors) and scenes from the plays.

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Letters from BaghdadLetters from Baghdad

Documentary201691 minsDirector: Sabine Krayenbühl

Tilda Swinton narrates the extraordinary journey of Gertrude Bell, a singular woman who played a significant – often unrecognised – role in British imperial policy making in Iraq.

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